Joy Williams On Going Solo After A 'Difficult' Breakup With The Civil Wars

"It’s very difficult when something abruptly stops."

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.”

But Williams still supports White’s career and called his new album, “Beulah,” “beautiful.” 

“He’s so talented,” Williams added. But prospects of them having a reunion are unclear. 

“I have no idea,” Williams said about whether the two would reunite. “I mean, I think for me, all that I can do is just be present for today and just stay creative and let the path unwind as it does.”

In the video above, hear more from Williams and learn where she hides her Grammy awards.  

Watch the full interview with Joy Williams below. 



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