Female Focus Friday: Hillary Lindsey

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Those who are tuned into country music and pay particular attention to songwriters are quite familiar with the name Hillary Lindsey. This is because Hillary Lindsey has had a hand in ten Number 1 hits, a Grammy Award winning song, a Golden Globe recipient, and an Academy Award nominee. Most recently, Hillary has credits on Little Big Town’s unnecessarily controversial song “Girl Crush.”

Throughout her almost twenty year career, Hillary has written for Carrie Underwood, Faith Hill, Gary Allan, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Sara Evans, Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, and more. Hillary’s success began in 1994 when she walked through the hallowed halls of Belmont University in Nashville where she was attending business school. Her roommate was interning at a record label and brought Hillary’s tapes to work with her, resulting in publishers passing the demos around for a listen. Hillary was signed to Famous Music Publishing, obtaining eight cuts in her first year as a signed songwriter.

Hillary’s first Number 1 came with the release of Martina McBride’s “Blessed” in 2002, which preceded an influx of chart-toppers. Six of those coveted tracks were recorded by country music superstar Carrie Underwood. Hillary is also well-known for frequently writing alongside “her guys,” Troy Verges, Gordie Sampson, Brett James, and Luke Laird, as well as her fellow “Love Junkies,” Liz Rose and Lori McKenna.

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In her career, Hillary Lindsey has released one studio single, “The Clown,” which was written by Hillary, Dallas Davidson, and James Slater. While the song did not chart, it made quite an impact on those who caught wind of the track. Fast forward seven years from Hillary’s release and a young, budding artist, Jordyn Stoddard, included it on her debut album, Southern Tide. A song that can aptly be described as one of the best hidden treasures in country music has now been given its second chance at reaching the masses, this time with the help of one of the most promising rising stars of the genre.

Without Hillary Lindsey, country music would be void of some of the most celebrated and beloved songs over the last nearly twenty years. Songwriters often spend so much time behind the scenes of the music that changes lives and touches hearts; Hillary Lindsey deserves her time in the spotlight. Thank you, Hillary, for being a strong female force in the genre that brings us all together. We are “Blessed” to have you!

Listen to Hillary Lindsey’s “The Clown”

Listen to Jordyn Stoddard’s “The Clown”

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