Country music superstar Carrie Underwood, along with her "Something in the Water" co-writers Chris DeStefano and Brett James, are facing a lawsuit from Canadian songwriters Ron McNeill and Georgia Lyons. In a statement, the singer and her representatives say they are confident that the court will rule in their favor. Underwood released the track a year later. "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.
"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", McNeill and Lyons argue in the suit.
The pair claims to have completed a vocal mix of the demo on September 25, 2012 and pitched it to Underwood's team, who declined to use it on her album.
Now Carrie's aides are fighting back, insisting she never heard McNeill and Lyons' song.
"Something in the Water" hit No. 1 on both the country and Christian charts and received a number of awards nods. They officially won the lawsuit in 2016.