Hillary Lindsey

Hillary Lee Lindsey is an American singer-songwriter. She was born in Washington, Georgia. She has written songs with or for a number of 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.

Hillary Lindsey
Lindsey performing at the 2011 ASCAP concert[1]
Lindsey performing at the 2011 ASCAP concert[1]
Background information
Birth nameHillary Lee Lindsey
BornWashington, Georgia, U.S.
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Years active1996–present
Associated acts

She has been nominated thrice for the Grammy Award for Song of the Year for her work on "Jesus Take the Wheel", "Girl Crush", and "Always Remember Us This Way".


In 1994, Lindsey moved from Washington, Ga. 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". In that same year, her song This Mystery (co-written by Troy Verges and Brett James) was a number one hit in the Netherlands for singer Marco Borsato in a Dutch translation titled Lopen op het Water ("Walking on water"). The Dutch translation was recorded for the marriage of then-crown prince Willem Alexander and Maxima Zorreguieta.

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.[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 nominationsEdit

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) Nominated
Canadian Country Music Awards SOCAN Song of the Year Won
Gospel Music Association Country Song of the Year Won
Country Music Association Song of the Year Nominated
2007 Grammy Awards Best Country Song Won
Song of the Year Nominated
2014 Academy of Country Music Song of the Year "Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain)" (shared with Gary Allen and Matt Warren) 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 Lagerberg) Nominated
Academy of Country Music Song of the Year "Blue Ain't Your Color" Nominated
Songwriter of the Year Herself Nominated
Country Music Association Song of the Year "Blue Ain't Your Color" 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 Lori McKenna and Chase McGill) Nominated
2020 Grammy Awards Song of the Year "Always Remember Us This Way" (shared with Lady Gaga, Natalie Hemby, and Lori McKenna) Nominated
Best Country Song "It All Comes Out in the Wash" (shared with Miranda Lambert, Lori McKenna, and Liz Rose) Nominated
Best Song Written for Visual Media "I'll Never Love Again" (Film Version) (shared with Lady Gaga, Natalie Hemby, and Aaron Raitiere) Won
Academy of Country Music Songwriter of the Year Herself Nominated

Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart number-one songsEdit

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 featuring Backstreet Boys June 2017
"Legends" Kelsea Ballerini February 2018
"Knockin' Boots" Luke Bryan September 2019

List of songs co-written by LindseyEdit

Artist Title
Lauren Alaina "In My Veins"
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"
"Hole in the Bottle"
"Love Me Like a Girl"
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 "Knockin' Boots"
"To the Moon and Back"
"What She Wants Tonight"
Caitlin & Will "Address in the Stars"
Cam "Road to Happiness"
"Till There's Nothing Left"
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 "All the Love You Left Me"
"As If"
"Backseat of a Greyhound Bus"
"Big Cry"
"Diving in Deep"
"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"
Wynonna Judd "(No One's Gonna) Break Me Down"
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"
Miranda Lambert "Fire Escape"
"It All Comes Out in the Wash"
"Track Record"
"Way Too Pretty for Prison" (with Maren Morris)
Aaron Lines "Waitin' on the Wonderful"
Ashliegh Lisset "Kill the Headlights"
Little Big Town "Beat Up Bible"
"Don't Die Young, Don't Get Old"
"Girl Crush"
"Kiss Goodbye"
"Lost in California"
"Over Drinking"
"Pain Killer"
"Save Your Sin"
"Shut Up Train"
"Throw Your Love Away"
"Tumble and Fall"
"When Someone Stops Loving You"
Lindsay Lohan "Very Last Moment In Time"
Martina McBride "Always Be This Way"
"Cry Cry ('Til The Sun Shines)"
"Everybody Wants to Be Loved"
"From The Ashes"
"If I Had Your Name"
"So Magical"
"Summer Of Love"
"That's The Thing About Love"
"This One's for the Girls"
"When You Love Me"
"You're Not Leaving Me"
Mindy McCready "Songs About You"
Reba McEntire "The Clown"
Tim McGraw "Shotgun Rider"
Katharine McPhee "Say Goodbye"
Mika "Step With Me"
Kacey Musgraves "Wonder Woman"
Nashville Cast "Change Your Mind"
"Telescope" (Hayden Panettiere)
Jennifer Nettles "His Hands"
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 "Closer To You"
"Greener Grass"
"Hide the Wine"
"I Need a Ride Home"
"You Kissed Me First"
Kellie Pickler "Girls Like Me"
"I Forgive You"
Cassadee Pope "Champagne"
"One Song Away"
Rachel Proctor "Where I Belong"
Rascal Flatts "Help Me Remember"
Julie Roberts "Men and Mascara"
Darius Rucker "Low Country"
Runaway June "Buy My Own Drinks"
Shakira "Medicine" (featuring Blake Shelton)
Crystal Shawanda "Try"
Jessica Simpson "Might as Well Be Making Love"
"Sipping on History"
"Still Don't Stop Me"
"When I Loved You Like That"
"You're My Sunday"
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 "Backsliding"
"Church Bells"
"Clock Don't Stop"
"Cry Pretty"
"Dirty Laundry"
"Do You Think About Me"
"End Up with You"
"Forever Changed"
"Get Out of this Town"
"Ghosts on the Stereo"
"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"
"Spinning Bottles"
"Starts With Goodbye"
"Thank God for Hometowns"
"That Song That We Used To Make Love To"
"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"
Hailey Whitters "The Days"
"The Faker"
Holly Williams "Keep The Change"
Lee Ann Womack "Painless"
"The Story of My Life"
Michelle Wright "I've Forgotten You"
Trisha Yearwood "Cowboys Are My Weakness"
"Drink Up"
"The Good Stuff"


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