Carrie Underwood has been hit with a lawsuit revolving around the authorship of her Grammy Award-winning song "Something in the Water."
Underwood, along with her producer, Mark Bright, and co-writers Chris DeStefano and Brett James were named in a lawsuit filed by two little-known Canadian songwriters who claim that they pitched a song by the same name to Bright. The songwriters, Ronald McNeill and Georgia Lyons-Savage, say that they composed the chorus, melody and lyrics in August 2012. One month later they completed a demo of the song and gave it to Bright in 2013 for Underwood to consider recording. They never heard back from Bright, but one year later the country star recorded the song for her Greatest Hits: Decade #1 album, they claim.
"The hook on the infringing work, as released on the album, is structurally and lyrically identical, and substantially similar melodically to plaintiffs' composition of the same title," McNeill and Lyons argue in their lawsuit.
A spokeswoman for Carrie Underwood issued a statement Tuesday addressing the lawsuit.
"We are aware that a lawsuit was filed regarding the authorship of 'Something in the Water,'" the spokeswoman said. "We want all of Carrie’s fans, and everyone, to know that 'Something in the Water' was written by Brett James, Chris DeStefano and Carrie Underwood. This is a deeply personal song regarding Carrie’s faith and she is saddened that anyone would attempt to challenge that for financial gain. Neither Carrie nor any of her co-writers ever received or heard the plaintiffs’ song. We fully expect that Carrie, Brett and Chris will be vindicated in the courts."
McNeill and Lyons-Savage are asking for a jury trial and any profits the song has generated.
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