Hillary Lindsey

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Hillary Lindsey
Hillary Lindsey, ASCAP concert, 2011.jpg
Lindsey performing at the 2011 ASCAP concert[1]
Background information
Born Washington, Georgia, U.S.
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Years active 1996–present
Associated acts Carrie Underwood, Gwyneth Paltrow, Martina McBride, Sara Evans, Lady Gaga
Website www.facebook.com/HillaryLindseyFans

Hillary Lindsey is an American singer-songwriter. She has written songs with or for several popular 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. Lindsey won a Grammy Award for Best Country Song for Carrie Underwood's "Jesus, Take the Wheel".[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 that same year for Best Original Song along with "There's A Place For Us", making Lindsey a double nominee in 2011. As of 2015, she has had 15 number one singles as a writer.

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

In addition to co-writing eight songs for Carrie Underwood's 2012 release Blown Away, Lindsey is credited with providing backing vocals on the album.


In 1994, Lindsey moved to Nashville to enroll in Belmont University's music business school. She tells the story[citation needed] 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". Six of her ten 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.[citation needed] 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[edit]

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

List of songs co-written by Lindsey[edit]

Artist Title
Jason Aldean "Wheels Rollin"
Lauren Alaina "Tupelo"
Gary Allan "Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain)"
Dierks Bentley "Bourbon in Kentucky"
"Can't Be Replaced"
BoA "Obsessed"
Bon Jovi "Seat Next to You"
Michelle Branch "Sooner or Later"
"I Want Tears"
"Crazy Ride"
"Long Goodbye"
"I'm Not That Strong"
"Through the Radio"
Chris Brewer "Help Me Out of the Sewer"
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 "When I Look at You"
"My Heart Beats for Love"
Ilse DeLange "I'm Not So Tough"
Marie Digby "Breathing Underwater"
Edens Edge "Too Good to Be True"
"Feels So Real"
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"
Gloriana "Sunset Lovin"
Halestorm "Unapologetic"
Jessica Harp "Good Enough for Me"
Faith Hill "Stronger"
"This Is Me"
Carolyn Dawn Johnson "Simple Life"
Florida Georgia Line "God, Your Mama, and Me" (featuring Backstreet Boys)
Lady Antebellum "American Honey"
"Lookin' for a Good Time"
"Cold as Stone"
Aaron Lines "Waitin' on the Wonderful"
Ashliegh Lisset "Kill the Headlights"
Lady Gaga
"Million Reasons"
"Grigio Girls"
Little Big Town "Girl Crush"
"Kiss Goodbye"
"Shut Up Train"
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"
Nashville Cast "Telescope" (Hayden Panettiere)
"Change Your Mind"
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"
Kellie Pickler "Girls Like Me"
"I Forgive You"
Rachel Proctor "Where I Belong"
Cassadee Pope "Champagne"
"One Song Away"
Rascal Flatts "Unstoppable"
"Help Me Remember"
Julie Roberts "Men and Mascara"
Shakira "Spotlight"
"Medicine" (featuring Blake Shelton)
Crystal Shawanda "Try"
Mindy Smith "Out Loud"
Steel Magnolia "Not Tonight"
"Last Night Again"
Taylor Swift "Fearless"
Jamie Tate "Love Looks Good on You"
Steven Tyler "It Ain't Easy"
"Somebody New"
"Sweet Louisiana"
Carrie Underwood "Jesus, Take the Wheel"
"Starts With Goodbye"
"Just a Dream"
"Last Name"
"So Small"
"This Time"
"Get Out of this Town"
"There's a Place for Us"
"Someday When I Stop Loving You"
"Wheel of the World"
"Two Black Cadillacs"
"See You Again"
"Do You Think About Me"
"Forever Changed"
"Nobody Ever Told You"
"Thank God for Hometowns"
"Good in Goodbye"
"Leave Love Alone"
"Keep Us Safe"
"Little Toy Guns"
"Smoke Break"
"Renegade Runaway"
"Dirty Laundry"
"Church Bells"
"Like I'll Never Love You Again"
"Clock Don't Stop"
"The Girl You Think I Am"
"What I Never Knew I Always Wanted"
"Little Girl Don't Grow Up Too Fast"
Keith Urban "This Is Me"
"God Made Woman"
Blue Ain't Your Color
Rhonda Vincent "I've Forgotten You"
Michelle Wright "I've Forgotten You"
Trisha Yearwood "The Good Stuff"


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  3. ^ "Hillary Lindsey wins Grammy". The News-Reporter. 2007-02-15. Retrieved 2009-02-02. 
  4. ^ "Hit Songwriter Bios -- Hillary Lindsey". Durango Songwriters Expo. Retrieved September 5, 2015. 
  5. ^ "A Conversation With Hillary Lindsey". thesongsurvives.com. Retrieved September 5, 2015.