Hit Songwriter Bios—Hillary Lindsey

Hillary Lindsey


"Hillary Lindsey grew up in the small town of Washington, Georgia writing songs since age 10. She moved to Nashville to enroll in Belmont University's Music Business school in 1994. After fostering relationships within the musical community, Hillary was quickly signed to Famous Music Publishing. In her first year as a writer she had eight cuts.

"Hillary has had her songs recorded by Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Martina McBride, Lee Ann Womack, Lindsey Lohan, Sara Evans and Jessica Andrews. In 2002, Hillary enjoyed her first #1 song 'Blessed', recorded by Martina McBride. During 2003, she had the following singles on the country charts: 'Three Mississippi' by Terri Clark (top 30) and 'Backseat Of A Greyhound Bus' (top 15) by Sara Evans. In 2004, Hillary had two singles 'This One's For The Girls' by Martina McBride (top 5) and 'Simple Life' by Carolyn Dawn Johnson (top 15).

"Hillary has also enjoyed international success with EMI Belgium recording artist Sarah, who took her song 'Very Last Moment' to the top of the pop charts. Recently pop star Lindsey Lohan also recorded 'Very Last Moment.' Warner recording artist Ilse Delange, brought her song 'I'm Not So Tough' to the number one position in her native country, Holland. Hillary's most recent international cut was on Austria's Star Mania winner Verena, with a song called 'Take It.'

"Most recently, Hillary's songs have been recorded by Faith Hill, Trisha Yearwood, Shelly Fairchild and Jessica Andrews. American Idol Winner Carrie Underwood took her song 'Jesus, Take The Wheel' to the top of the country singles charts in January, 2006."

Hillary Lindsey has participated in the Durango Songwriters Expo several times and is always a crowd favorite. Aside from being one of the hottest writers in Nashville, by all accounts Hillary is also one of the finest singers in the business.

Congratulations Hillary, Brett James and Gordie Sampson for your 2007 Grammy win (Best Country Song) for "Jesus Take The Wheel"...and to Carrie Underwood, of American Idol fame, who made it a hit and won the Grammy for Best New Artist!

Jesus Take The Wheel Lyrics
(Words and Music by Brett James, Gordie Sampson and Hillary Lindsey)

She was drivin' last Friday
On her way to Cincinnati
On a snow white Christmas Eve
Goin' home to see her Mama an' her Daddy
With the baby in the back seat
Fifty miles to go an' she was running low
On Faith and gasoline
It'd been a long hard year

She had a lot on her mind
An' she didn't pay attention
She was goin' way too fast
An' before she knew it, she was spinnin'
On a thin black sheet of glass
She saw both their lives flash before her eyes
She didn't even have time to cry
She was so scared, she threw her hands up in the air

Jesus take the wheel
Take it from my hands
'Cause I can't do this on my own
I'm letting go
So give me one more chance
To save me from this road I'm on
Jesus take the wheel

It was still getting colder when she made it to the shoulder
An' the car came to a stop
She cried when she saw that baby in the back seat
Sleeping like a rock
An' for the first time in a long time
She bowed her head to pray
She said, I'm sorry for the way I've been living my life
I know I've got to change, so from now on, tonight

Jesus take the wheel
Take it from my hands
'Cause I can't do this on my own
I'm letting go
So give me one more chance
To save me from this road I'm on
Oh, Jesus take the wheel

Oh, I'm letting go
So give me one more chance
Save me from this road I'm on
From this road I'm on
Jesus take the wheel
Oh, take it, take it from me
Ohhhh, why... ohhh...

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