Yearwood Settles Suit Over Demo
Trisha Yearwood has reached a settlement with singer Michael J. Young in a lawsuit she filed to prevent him from selling a demo she recorded prior to becoming a star, Billboard Bulletin reports. YoungTrisha Yearwood has reached a settlement with singer Michael J. Young in a lawsuit she filed to prevent him from selling a demo she recorded prior to becoming a star, Billboard Bulletin reports. Young (aka Michael J.) has been selling on his Web site Yearwood's demo of the song "Love What Ya Do to Me," mixed with his own vocals, as a "dance duet."
Columbus, Ohio-based Young, who co-wrote the song with Curtis Rucker, hired Yearwood to record the demo in 1990. Yearwood filed suit March 6 in U.S. District Court in Nashville.
Yearwood's attorney, Denise McIntosh Stevens of Loeb & Loeb LLP, says the settlement is subject to a confidentiality agreement. An order signed by the judge May 25 requires that Young and his associates "will not manufacture, distribute, sell, advertise, or exploit in any manner the recording of the song ... or any version of the song embodying the vocal performance of Trisha Yearwood."
Yearwood's new MCA Nashville album, "Inside Out," is due Tuesday (June 5). First single "I Would've Loved You Anyway" is No. 30 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.