The Huffington Post: Joy Williams On Going Solo After A "Difficult" Breakup With The Civil Wars

The Huffington Post: Joy Williams On Going Solo After A "Difficult" Breakup With The Civil Wars

Since The Civil Wars’ public breakup in 2014 after winning four Grammy awards, vocalist Joy Williams has gone back to her roots as a singer-songwriter. But the transition hasn’t been an easy one, she told The Huffington Post.

Williams, who recently released an acoustic version of her 2015 album, “Venus,” explained to host Lauren Moraski why the musical breakup between her and bandmate John Paul White was particularly “difficult.”

“It’s very difficult when something abruptly stops and you can get bitter about it, or you can just accept that that’s the way the world is,” Williams said. “We all grow. We all shift. We all change and there’s room for everybody. There’s room for everybody, so best of luck.” READ MORE

AP: Singer Joy Williams gets acting bug after Showtime role

AP: Singer Joy Williams gets acting bug after Showtime role

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ex-Civil Wars singer Joy Williams doesn't want to be that cliche of a musician-turned-actor, but after getting her first role in the Showtime series "Roadies," she admits she's got the acting bug.

"I am learning there is the cliche for a reason 'cause there is a lot of overlap," she said in an interview last week at her home in Nashville, Tennessee. "I am still really committed to making music, but if the right role came up again, I totally caught the bug."

Williams probably couldn't have picked a better show to dip her toes in the water. Created by Cameron Crowe, "Roadies" pulls back the curtains on the motley crew of a major touring rock band, an experience that Williams knows a bit about after spending years on the road performing in the Grammy-winning Civil Wars duo with John Paul White.

"You become this strange patchwork quilt family when you're on the road," Williams said. 

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Billboard: Joy Williams Talks 'Roadies' Role, Premieres New Acoustic Song 'Someone to Love You'

Billboard: Joy Williams Talks 'Roadies' Role, Premieres New Acoustic Song 'Someone to Love You'

In one breath, Joy Williams is talking about getting back to basics, and in the next, she’s discussing dramatically expanding her horizons. But if that sounds as if she’s having a one-woman civil war, Williams isn’t as conflicted as that might seem at first, since her conflicting approaches are in two different media.

On July 22, she'll release Venus Acoustic, which takes a selection of songs from her electronically focused 2015 Venus album and presents them in a stripped-down format that will seem familiar to fans of her former duo, the Civil Wars. It also includes two previously unheard songs, including “Someone to Love You,” which premieres on Billboard today. 

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Before I Sleep (Acoustic) Available Now

Before I Sleep (Acoustic) Available Now

Surprise! I released two new tracks today! “Before I Sleep (Acoustic)” and an unreleased song called “We Can Never Go Back” are out now. You can get them both on iTunes now. Hope you enjoy! Fun to give you a window into how these songs were originally written. :)

Before I Sleep (Acoustic):

We Can Never Go Back:

What a Good Woman Does

What a Good Woman Does

Handwritten lyrics. Raw words. Letting go and finding beauty in the ashes. Here’s the lyric video for ‘What a Good Woman Does’.

BBC2 Session

BBC2 Session

Thanks for having me BBC Radio 2! Listen to my interview with Bob Harris and acoustic performances of “Woman (Oh Mama)” and “What A Good Woman Does” here

Listen Now: Sweet Love of Mine

Listen Now: Sweet Love of Mine

There is an ancient tradition that I read about where when a woman finds out she’s pregnant, the other women in the village would send her off into the forest by herself so she could spend time in the wilderness, until she heard a song. That song would become the anthem of the child. At birth, throughout life, marriage, and death.