Former Civil Wars singer Joy Williams announces solo album, shows and single – listen

Williams will play UK date on May 6 after post-split advice from Justin Timberlake

Joy Williams, the former singer with The Civil Wars, has announced details of her new solo album ‘Venus’, her first since the duo split in 2014.

A precise release date for the album hasn’t been revealed, but Sony say it will be available in “mid-summer”. Although ‘Venus’ is Williams’ first release since The Civil Wars ended, she released three albums of Christian music between 2001 and 2010.

First single ‘Woman (Oh Mama)’ can be heard below. Williams said of the song: “It’s what it’s like to experience the beauty, the spark and strength of what it is to be inside your skin. It’s a song with energy and fire. I wanted to own the complexity and the three dimensional aspect of what it is to be a woman. I’m excited about being a woman. I’m excited to be where I am now, who I am now.”

Details of producers and collaborators on ‘Venus’ haven’t been announced, but Williams said the album is influenced by Portishead, Kate Bush and Peter Gabriel. She told USA Today: “I wanted to take the best parts of what I learned from being in The Civil Wars and bring it to a new space where I could infuse more of my influences.”

Williams plays a one-off British show at Islington Assembly Hall on May 6, which will be followed by gigs in New York and Los Angeles later that month.

The Civil Wars split in 2014 after well-publicised differences between Williams and bandmate John Paul White, who is also working on a solo career. Williams said she sought Justin Timberlake’s advice on going solo, after his old band *NSYNC ended. Williams said: “It was nice to have a friend who understood what it was like to move from a successful entity into a solo career.”