Williams was born in West Branch, Michigan, and raised in a Christian home in Santa Cruz, California, where her parents worked in ministry.
She attended Valley Christian High School in San Jose and graduated as the class valedictorian in 2001.
As a thank you gift and farewell, the band is offering a download of their rendition of “You Are My Sunshine.” Recorded in 2010, the track was originally released in 2011 as a b-side to the band’s limited edition Barton Hollow 7” vinyl.
This is the first time the song has been available digitally in the U. Both Joy and John Paul have added their personal words on disbanding here below.
I’ve loved being back in the studio, and have missed performing live.
It shows how one woman has come to live her truth — the good, the bad, the petulant, the honorable — and in the end, shows all of us how to live our own. Was making a solo album something you were thinking while you were in The Civil Wars, or was it something you did as a response to the break up of your band?
John Paul and I had both talked about down the line releasing solo albums.
The Civil Wars—made up of duo partners Joy Williams and John Paul White—have regretfully decided to permanently part ways.
The difficult decision ends a tumultuous period for the four-time Grammy Award-winning band, who has been on indefinite hiatus since late 2012.