Singer-songwriter Heidi Merrill claims she wrote a similar song with the same title that was rejected by the country star's team.
Carrie Underwood is facing a lawsuit for allegedly copying another singer-songwriter's material for her 2018 Sunday Night Football theme song "Game On."
In a complaint filed in Manhattan federal court Wednesday (June 19), plaintiff Heidi Merrill claims she wrote and recorded an identically-titled track in 2016. She says she pitched her song to Underwood and her producer, Mark Bright, at a Nashville conference the following year with the idea that Underwood might use it as her next Sunday Night Football theme. But Bright responded through an assistant that he'd "have to pass."
Now, Merrill argues that Underwood's own "Game On" is "substantially -- even strikingly -- similar, if not identical," to her song, in title as well as tempo, meter, time signature, hooks, chord progression and other specifics.