The voice of The Civil Wars, Joy Williams, has just released her first solo album entitled Venus.
Williams found success forming The Civil Wars, after she met fellow bandmate John Paul White at a writing camp in Nashville in 2008. The duo released their debut album, Barton Hollow, independently through Sensibility in 2011. The album was widely praised by critics, and went on to sell more than 650,000 copies in the US.
Most notably they collaborated with Taylor Swift, on the track Safe And Sound; which was released on the soundtrack of the Hunger Games and saw loving praise after the music video was released on YouTube.
But since separating herself from the band, Joy has collaborated with a variety of artists including, Hudson Taylor (who collaboratively pulled off a haunting cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s Sound Of Silence) and front-woman, Hayley Williams (who did a new take on Paramore’s Hate to See Your Heart Break).
Last April, Joy announced that she had begun work on her solo album, which is now out on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/venus/id991353044?app=itunes&ign-mpt=uo%3D4.