“Canary” and “The Trouble With Wanting”—two new songs from four-time Grammy Award winning artist Joy Williams—are out today. Listen HERE. In addition to the official audio, live performance versions of both tracks—filmed at a recent show at The Franklin Theatre—can be viewed here: “Canary” and “The Trouble With Wanting.”
Both songs are from Williams’ highly anticipated new album, ‘Front Porch’, to be released in 2019 via Sensibility/Thirty Tigers. Produced by Kenneth Pattengale of The Milk Carton Kids and engineered by Matt Ross-Spang, ‘Front Porch’ represents a new chapter in Williams’ career, who recorded the album in Nashville during the pregnancy of her second child. She reflects, “There is an energy that is very creative in having a baby. It gives a sense of urgency on top of all the creative energy. Cellularly, your body is experiencing something really different.
“So much of this is about coming home,” says Williams. “Whether to a physical place or to yourself. The lines on my face, I can see them more clearly now. But a lot of them are laugh lines. This record feels like breathing more deeply into who I am. Come what may.”
Joy Williams is the winner of four Grammy Awards. She has released four solo albums and four EPs since her self-titled debut in 2001. She was half of The Civil Wars from 2009 until 2014, after which she released her solo LP, 2015’s VENUS, which was praised by NPR Music for it’s “new, more adventurous pop sound,” furthering, “Williams takes on this material without shirking its heaviness, but her gift for melodies that rise up like warm winds brings a climate of grace to even the most difficult subject matter.”
In celebration of the new music, Williams will embark on a series of US tour dates this fall. These performances follow a string of sold-out summer shows—her first live performances since 2015.