Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood being sued over hit song

Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood are the latest country superstars on the receiving end of a lawsuit.  A Dallas-based singer-songwriter has filed suit over the duo’s 2011 hit, “Remind Me.” Amy Bowen, who lived in Nashville and performed under the name of Lizza Connor, claims she wrote the tune in 2007 and that Paisley and Underwood’s version is a ripoff of her song.

Nashville’s The City Paper reports court documents show Bowen’s version was copyrighted in 2008, and that she performed it in public 19 times including during a workshop where songwriters Kelley Lovelace and Chris Dubois were present, who are credited, along with Paisley, as the songwriters on the 2011 song.

Bowen is asking in excess of $10 million because Bowen’s version is “substantially similar” to Paisley/Underwood’s version.

Bowen’s chorus:

All it takes is your kiss to remind me
All I need is your touch to remind me
Yesterday’s gone
Take me to the place we started from
When love was young
Baby, remind me

The first chorus of Paisley/Underwood’s song:

Been so long, bet you forget
The way I used to kiss your neck
Remind me, remind me
So on fire, so in love
Way back when we couldn’t get enough
Remind me, remind me

This would be the third lawsuit over a country song in recent years.  Last year, a man filed suit against country singer Justin Moore claiming “Backwoods” was similar to a song that he wrote.  That case has not yet been determined.  In 2008, a Texas-based songwriter sued Tim McGraw for his 1997 hit, “Everywhere,” claiming the song was copied.  That suit was thrown out due to insufficient evidence.

This is the second country music lawsuit filed this week.  On Monday, Curb Records filed a suit in federal court against Tim McGraw and Big Machine Records for copyright infringement over his latest album, Two Lanes Of Freedom, months after Curb lost a two year breach-of-contract battle against the singer.

Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.

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