Carrie Underwood and her “Something In The Water” co-writers, Chris DeStefano and Brett James, are being sued over the chart-topping song. Two Canadian songwriters are accusing the three of theft, claiming they pitched Underwood’s producer, Mark Bright, a song with the same title and very similar lyrics back in 2014.
The Tennessean reports that writers Ron McNeill and Georgia Lyons say they never heard back from Bright, but Underwood recorded her own version of “Something In The Water” the following year. McNeill and Lyons argue in the suit that “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.”
In 2015, “Something in the Water” won the Grammy Award for best country song performance.
In a statement released this past Tuesday a spokesperson for Carrie said: “We are aware that a lawsuit was filed regarding the authorship of ‘Something in the Water.’ 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.”