It was back in 2011 when Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley released their incredible duet “Remind Me.”
The song, which was co-penned by Brad and lauded writers John Kelley Lovelace and Chris DuBois, rose to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and was accompanied by a breathtaking music video.
In the stunning music video, you see the superstars walking toward each other in an isolated desert. Carrie looks like a goddess in her skin-baring dress that reveals her long, tanned legs. And, oh those metallic, golden heels! Could she be any more gorgeous? Brad, who dons a classic, cowboy hat, wows us midway through the video with an impressive guitar solo. And, it’s so enthralling!
Just seeing these two portray the storyline on the tune and hearing them sing it is magical — and every reason for us to believe that Carrie and Brad were the perfect duo up for the job. But surprisingly, the song itself has been the subject of a court case that dates all the way back to 2013.
In May 2013, singer-songwriter Amy Bowen, who goes by the stage name Lizza Connor, hit the writers and publishers behind “Remind Me” with a $10 million lawsuit. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Amy insisted that the songwriters stole ideas — particularly the words “Remind me” and “Baby, remind me” — from her 2007 song of the same name.
Strangely enough, Amy attended a workshop in 2008, where she played her tune in front of John Kelley and Chris who critiqued her work. While those similarities granted Amy approval to go forth with her copyright infringement claim, turns out they weren’t enough to win her the case.
On Aug. 25, U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger ruled in favor of Brad, Carrie and the co-writers and publishers of the song stating that Amy’s evidence didn’t share the same “context, structure, mood, melody, and harmony” of the hit song. The judge also added that the “theme” and the “mood” of the two songs were dissimilar. Thus, Judge Trauger concluded that the plaintiff failed “to render the expressions of the hook phrases in the two works substantially similar.”
You can see the entire 31-page ruling online via the Hollywood Reporter. You can also find Brad and Carrie’s “Remind Me” on Brad’s 2011 album, “This Is Country Music.”