Joy Williams started off as a Christian artist in 2001. The (then) 17-year-old signed with Reunion Records and released three projects that sold a quarter of a million copies. When she left the label in 2005, they released two more Joy projects, an EP and a "best of." In 2008, she and her husband, Nate Yetton, formed Sensibility Music and Joy was their flagship artist. In 2009, she teamed up with John Paul White, whom she had met at a songwriting camp in Nashville, to form The Civil Wars. The duo became Sensibility's second artist. Barton Hollow, their first full-length studio album, won two Grammy Awards. In 2013, the due released their second project, a self-titled release that ended up being their last. By the time they finished recording the project, they were no longer on speaking terms and Joy did all of the press for the album. Now, a year later, she's back, recording a new solo project that she calls "bittersweet."
Williams shared a short clip of her new stuff on her Facebook. If the 18 seconds of what she put up are any indication, the stress of the breakup of her partnership with John Paul may have been painful, but it certainly didn't hurt her musical abilities in any way.