Songwriter claims Brad Paisley-Carrie Underwood hit 'Remind Me' was stolen

Friday, May 3, 2013 at 12:06pm

A Dallas-based singer-songwriter is suing country singers Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood over their 2011 hit “Remind Me.” Amy Bowen, who lived in Nashville and performed under the name Lizza Connor, claims she wrote “Remind Me” in 2007 — and that the 2011 country hit was a rip-off of her song.

According to court documents, Bowen's song “Remind Me” was copyrighted in 2008. Bowen played the song in public 19 times — and also played it during a workshop where songwriters Kelley Lovelace and Chris Dubois were present. Lovelace and Dubois were listed as co-writers with Paisley on “Remind Me.”

The suit claims that Bowen's version of “Remind Me” is “substantially similar” to the Paisley-Underwood collaboration.

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 in the Paisley/Underwood 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.

The suit asks for proceeds in excess of $10 million from the song.

It's not the only country hit that's been contested recently.

Country singer Justin Moore was sued last year by a man who claimed Moore's hit “Backwoods” was similar to a song he wrote. That case is still in the case management stage.

A Texas-based songwriter sued country star Tim McGraw over an 11-year-old hit “Everywhere” in 2008. Federal judge Todd Campbell signed an order dismissing the suit in March because there was no evidence that the song was directly copied.

5 Comments on this post:

By: Jughead on 5/3/13 at 12:50

Looks like the only similarity is that they both use the words "remind me." There are probably hundreds of songs written with that title.

I'd like to hear them side-by-side.

By: global_citizen on 5/6/13 at 7:20

There are plenty of songwriters who have never made it as a songwriter, so suing someone with lots of money seems like a good plan B.

Similar lyrics won't get this songwriter anything. If the melodies, bridge, or chorus and the progression between them sound similar there may be a case. If it doesn't get thrown out first, the case will come down to the testimony of a forensic musicologist.

By: budlight on 5/6/13 at 10:36

Yeah and these types of situations are the reason that the publishing and pitching to artists is so closed today. It's sad but true.

By: WmTharonChandler on 5/8/13 at 12:46

Respectfully I would like to tell these fine Nashvillians that though i am a strait man and a good lover of women i was a Victim of a terrible 'Gay Bashing' there in 1995; then later i was subjected to hypnosis via a State Employee when i had to sign up for state unemployment benefits . A butch woman erased my memory and i have never been the same . Is that grounds for a lawsuit ? i never received funds from a lawsuit in my name .

W. Tharon Chandler

By: JoePutman on 5/9/13 at 12:14

So when will Townes Van Zandt's estate sue David Allan Coe and the record company he was with when he recorded "Will You Lay With Me in a Field of Stone"? It was much more obviously stolen; an almost complete copy of Townes' "If I Needed You". According the Steve Earle, Coe even admitted stealing the song, to which Townes graciously replied that everyone steals, so don't worry about it or something similar.

I would have to hear the Bowen and Paisley/Underwood songs and find the melodies are very similar as well, because the lyrics are not similar enough to convince me.

Joe Putman