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.
All it takes is your kiss to remind me
All I need is your touch to remind me
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.