It has been four months since Civil War has called it quits. But this has not stopped Joy Williams from joining voices with Paramore's powerhouse vocalist, Hayley Williams, for a harmony-heavy version of "Hate to See Your Heartbreak."
The song was originally released on Paramore's self-titled album in 2013. Tthe power ballad was re-recorded earlier this year at the Village in Santa Monica, California, where groups such as the Eagles, the Beach Boys and Fleetwood Mac once tracked their own harmonies. The revised version hits shelves today as a bonus track on Paramore's deluxe release.
Hayley Williams has recently the 2014 Billboard Women in Music honor for Trailblazer of the Year.
"This the greatest honor I could receive, because this is the legacy I want to leave," Williams said at the event. "To be in a band with my two best friends and never do anything that was something we didn't want to do. It's an amazing and powerful thing to be celebrated for who you are."
Prior to Joy Williams' stint as one half of the Civic Wars, she was a contemporary Christian artist. Between the years 2001 and 2005, she was nominated for 11 Dove Awards, and the three records she released on Reunion cumulatively sold more than 250,000 albums. In 2005 she left the label, noting that her perspective had changed considerably since she started recording for Reunion at 17.
"My worldview shifted like tectonic plates from 17 to mid-twenties, and over time, I just started to feel less and less comfortable with the type of music I was making. I wanted to write things that moved me and not feel like I had any parameters telling me what to do or not to do," she said in a 2014 interview.
After leaving Reunion, Williams spent time in Europe, and worked briefly at Paste Magazine and at a Nashville boutique. She resumed her career in music in 2006 after she signed a publishing deal with Warner/Chappell music, and in 2008 she and her husband/manager Nate Yetton founded Sensibility Music, intending it to serve as an outlet for Williams to release solo material. That same year, soon after she began to seek licensing opportunities for her music in film, television, and commercials, Oscar Mayer selected her song "It Doesn't Get Better Than This" for a 2008 marketing campaign.
Williams subsequently released three EPs through Sensibility Music. Her catalogue includes the songs "Charmed Life," "Speaking A Dead Language" and "Sunny Day," which were featured on the TV show Grey's Anatomy.
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