Yearwood Settles ‘Duet’ Dispute

Trisha Yearwood settled her lawsuit against singer/songwriter Michael J. Young on Tuesday (May 29) without taking it to trial. Young, who is based in Columbus, Ohio, agreed to stop selling or distributing a demo recording of Yearwood on which he had mixed his own voice as a duet. "Love What Ya Do to Me" appeared on an album by Young that was sold on the Internet. Yearwood recorded the song, written by Young and Curtis Rucker, for producer Jeff Teague in 1990 when she worked as a demo singer in Nashville before becoming a star. Yearwood contends the recording was never meant for commercial release but was intended for use in pitching the song to other singers. She was seeking an unspecified amount of money in damages. Details of the settlement weren’t released. 05/30/01