Nashville Songwriter Hillary Lindsey Shines Next to Lady Gaga on “Saturday Night Live”


If you caught Lady Gaga’s second performance on “Saturday Night Live,” you probably saw someone you recognized as a big-time Nashville songwriter accompanied her on acoustic guitar and as backup vocalist.

You know that Nashville songwriter as Hillary Lindsey, one-third of the Love Junkies (“Girl Crush”) and co-writer of 10 of Carrie Underwood’s No. 1 hits including, “Jesus Take the Wheel” and her most recent, “Church Bells.”

Lindsey co-wrote three tracks on Gaga’s new Joanne album with her. She told Rolling Stone, “She is a badass songwriter. Pretty much everything she said, I’m like, ‘That’s a title! You’ve gotta either stop talking or you’ve gotta let me come live here for a month, because everything you say is a song.’ It was just the two of us and it was just a very natural process, a straight-up songwriting process.”

“Million Reasons” was the second tune the two wrote together.

After the show, one of her songwriting partners, Lori McKenna, couldn’t contain her excitement.