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Hillary Lindsey

Hillary Lindsey
Hillary Lindsey, ASCAP concert, 2011.jpg
Lindsey performing at the 2011 ASCAP concert[1]
Background information
Hillary Lee Lindsey
BornWashington, Georgia, U.S.
Singer, songwriter
Carrie Underwood, Gwyneth Paltrow, Martina McBride, Sara Evans, Lady Gaga

Hillary Lee Lindsey is an American singer-songwriter born in Washington, Georgia. She has written songs with or for several artists including Michelle Branch, Faith Hill, Martina McBride, Shakira, Lady Antebellum, Gary Allan, Sara Evans, Carrie Underwood, Kellie Pickler, Bon Jovi, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Tim McGraw and Luke Bryan. In 2006 and 2016, respectively, Lindsey won a Grammy Award for Best Country Song for Carrie Underwood's "Jesus, Take the Wheel" and for Little Big Town's "Girl Crush".[2][3] In 2011, Lindsey received an Academy Award nomination for "Coming Home", recorded by Gwyneth Paltrow for the soundtrack of Country Strong, in the Best Original Song category. "Coming Home" also received a Golden Globe nomination that same year for Best Original Song along with "There's a Place for Us", making Lindsey a double nominee in 2011. As of 2018, she has had 20 number-one singles as a writer.

She has been nominated twice for the Grammy Award for Song of the Year for her work on "Jesus Take the Wheel" and "Girl Crush".


In 1994, Lindsey moved from Washington, Ga. to Nashville to enroll in Belmont University's music business school. She tells the story[] of a roommate who had an internship at a record label and took one of her tapes into work with her. The tape was passed around to publishers, and Lindsey was quickly signed to Famous Music Publishing. In her first year as a writer she had eight cuts. She had her first number one song as a writer in 2002 with Martina McBride's "Blessed". Eleven of her number ones as a writer are Carrie Underwood tracks including "Jesus Take The Wheel", "Wasted", "So Small", "Just A Dream", "Last Name" and "Two Black Cadillacs". Thirty million records have been sold featuring her compositions.[] She has had two songs featured on the ABC television series Nashville: "Telescope" performed by Hayden Panettiere and "Change Your Mind" performed by Clare Bowen and Sam Palladio.[4][5]

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
2006 Academy of Country Music Song of the Year Jesus, Take the Wheel (shared with Gordie Sampson and Brett James) Won
Canadian Country Music Awards SOCAN Song of the Year Won
Gospel Music Association Country Song of the Year Won
2007 Grammy Awards Best Country Song Won
Song of the Year Nominated
2015 Country Music Association Song of the Year Girl Crush (shared with Liz Rose and Lori McKenna) Won
2016 Grammy Awards Song of the Year Nominated
Best Country Song Won
Academy of Country Music Song of the Year Nominated
2017 Grammy Awards Best Country Song Blue Ain't Your Color (shared with Steven Lee Olsen and Clint Langenberg) Nominated
Academy of Country Music Song of the Year Blue Ain't Your Color Nominated
Songwriter of the Year Herself Nominated
2018 Academy of Country Music Songwriter of the Year Herself Nominated
2019 Grammy Awards Best Country Song When Someone Stops Loving You (shared with Chase McGill and Lori McKenna) Nominated

Number-one songs

Song Artist Year
Blessed Martina McBride March 2002
This One's For The Girls Martina McBride July 2004
Jesus Take The Wheel Carrie Underwood January 2006
Wasted Carrie Underwood April 2007
So Small Carrie Underwood December 2007
Last Name Carrie Underwood June 2008
Just A Dream Carrie Underwood November 2008
American Honey Lady Antebellum April 2010
A Little Bit Stronger Sara Evans May 2011
Every Storm (Runs Out Of Rain) Gary Allan February 2013
Two Black Cadillacs Carrie Underwood March 2013
See You Again Carrie Underwood September 2013
Shotgun Rider Tim McGraw December 2014
Little Toy Guns Carrie Underwood June 2015
Smoke Break Carrie Underwood November 2015
Church Bells Carrie Underwood June 2016
Blue Ain't Your Color Keith Urban January 2017
Dirty Laundry Carrie Underwood January 2017
God, Your Mama, and Me Florida Georgia Line/Backstreet Boys June 2017
Legends Kelsea Ballerini February 2018

List of songs co-written by Lindsey

Artist Title
Lauren Alaina "Tupelo"
Jason Aldean "Grown Woman" (duet with Miranda Lambert)
"Tryin' to Love Me"
"Wheels Rollin'"
Gary Allan "Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain)"
Kelsea Ballerini "End of the World"
Dierks Bentley "Bourbon in Kentucky"
"Can't Be Replaced"
BoA "Obsessed"
Bon Jovi "Seat Next to You"
Michelle Branch "Crazy Ride"
"I Want Tears"
"I'm Not That Strong"
"Long Goodbye"
"Sooner or Later"
"Through the Radio"
Chris Brewer "Help Me Out of the Sewer"
Lee Brice "Somebody's Been Drinking"
Catherine Britt "Dirt Cheap"
Shannon Brown "I Won't Lie"
Luke Bryan "To the Moon and Back"
Caitlin & Will "Address in the Stars"
Carter's Chord "Young Love"
Terri Clark "Three Mississippi"
Miley Cyrus "My Heart Beats for Love"
"When I Look at You"
Ilse DeLange "I'm Not So Tough"
Marie Digby "Breathing Underwater"
Edens Edge "Feels So Real"
"Too Good to Be True"
Emerson Drive "That Kind of Beautiful"
Sara Evans "As If"
"Backseat of a Greyhound Bus"
"Big Cry"
"Four Thirty"
"A Little Bit Stronger"
"Otis Redding"
"Some Things Never Change"
Florida Georgia Line "God, Your Mama, and Me" (featuring Backstreet Boys)
Gloriana "Sunset Lovin"
Halestorm "Unapologetic"
Jessica Harp "Good Enough for Me"
Faith Hill "Stronger"
"This Is Me"
Enrique Iglesias "Only a Woman"
Carolyn Dawn Johnson "Simple Life"
Lady Antebellum "American Honey"
"Cold as Stone"
"Get To Me"
"Long Teenage Goodbye"
"Nothin' Like the First Time"
"You Look Good"
Lady Gaga "Always Remember Us This Way" ("A Star Is Born" soundtrack)
"Grigio Girls"
"I'll Never Love Again" ("A Star Is Born" soundtrack)
"Million Reasons"
Aaron Lines "Waitin' on the Wonderful"
Ashliegh Lisset "Kill the Headlights"
Little Big Town "Girl Crush"
"Kiss Goodbye"
"Pain Killer"
"Save Your Sin"
"Shut Up Train"
"Tumble and Fall"
Lindsay Lohan "Very Last Moment In Time"
Martina McBride "Blessed"
"This One's for the Girls"
"You're Not Leaving Me"
Mindy McCready "Songs About You"
Tim McGraw "Shotgun Rider"
Katharine McPhee "Say Goodbye"
Mika "Step With Me"
Kacey Musgraves "Wonder Woman"
Nashville Cast "Change Your Mind"
"Telescope" (Hayden Panettiere)
Heidi Newfield "Cry Cry ('Til the Sun Shines)"
Jamie O'Neal "God Don't Make Mistakes"
Tara Oram "538 Stars"
"Pretty Red Dress"
Brad Paisley "Oh Love" (duet with Carrie Underwood)
Gwyneth Paltrow "Coming Home"
Carly Pearce "Hide the Wine"
"I Need a Ride Home"
Kellie Pickler "Girls Like Me"
"I Forgive You"
Rachel Proctor "Where I Belong"
Cassadee Pope "Champagne"
"One Song Away"
Rascal Flatts "Help Me Remember"
Julie Roberts "Men and Mascara"
Darius Rucker "Low Country"
Shakira "Medicine" (featuring Blake Shelton)
Crystal Shawanda "Try"
Sister Hazel "That Kind of Beautiful"
Mindy Smith "Out Loud"
Steel Magnolia "Last Night Again"
"Not Tonight"
Taylor Swift "Fearless"
Jamie Tate "Love Looks Good on You"
Steven Tyler "It Ain't Easy"
"Somebody New"
"Sweet Louisiana"
Carrie Underwood "Chaser"
"Church Bells"
"Clock Don't Stop"
"Cry Pretty"
"Dirty Laundry"
"Do You Think About Me"
"Forever Changed"
"Get Out of this Town"
"The Girl You Think I Am"
"Good in Goodbye"
"Jesus, Take the Wheel"
"Just a Dream"
"Keep Us Safe"
"Last Name"
"Leave Love Alone"
"Like I'll Never Love You Again"
"Little Girl Don't Grow Up Too Fast"
"Little Toy Guns"
"Nobody Ever Told You"
"Renegade Runaway"
"See You Again"
"Smoke Break"
"So Small"
"Someday When I Stop Loving You"
"Starts With Goodbye"
"Thank God for Hometowns"
"There's a Place for Us"
"This Time"
"Two Black Cadillacs"
"What I Never Knew I Always Wanted"
"Wheel of the World"
Keith Urban "Blue Ain't Your Color"
"God Made Woman"
"This Is Me"
Rhonda Vincent "I've Forgotten You"
Michelle Wright "I've Forgotten You"
Trisha Yearwood "The Good Stuff"
Jennifer Nettles "His Hands"


  1. ^ Padua, Pat (May 12, 2011). "Pic(s) of the Week: They Write the Songs Edition". Library of Congress - In the Muse: Performing Arts Blog. Retrieved 2015.
  2. ^ "Hillary Lindsey biography". Durango Songwriters Expo. Retrieved .
  3. ^ "Hillary Lindsey wins Grammy". The News-Reporter. 2007-02-15. Retrieved .
  4. ^ "Hit Songwriter Bios -- Hillary Lindsey". Durango Songwriters Expo. Retrieved 2015.
  5. ^ "A Conversation With Hillary Lindsey". thesongsurvives.com. Retrieved 2015.

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