In 2014, Carrie Underwood released “Something in the Water” prior to taking a bit of maternity leave to much commercial success and critical acclaim. The song won Underwood a GRAMMY for Best Country Solo Performance and was atop Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs Chart for 7 weeks. It also sat at No. 1 on Billboard‘s Hot Christian Songs Chart for more than 20 weeks.
Now, Underwood and her co-writers on the tune, Chris DeStefano and Brett James, are being sued for song theft in federal court. The writers’ publishing companies and Sony Music Nashville are also listed.
Two Canadian songwriters, Ron McNeill and Georgia Lyons, claim they sent “Something in the Water” to Underwood’s team, but never heard back. McNeil and Lyons are claiming Underwood’s version is a ripoff, “”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,” the lawsuit states.
A rep for Underwood 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.”