In her latest release from her third iteration as a recording artist, Joy Williams addresses her second, Grammy-winning role, as one-half of Americana darlings the Civil Wars. Dealing with the band’s break-up, becoming a new mother, finding balance in her marriage, and grieving, “Until The Levee” is a soulful pop song born of struggle.
The singer detailed each further saying, “I heard a quote once, I think originally by Eleanor Roosevelt, that said, ‘A woman is like a bag of tea…you never know how strong she is until she’s put in hot water.’ When I was writing ‘Until the Levee’, I felt like I was swimming in that hot water. Everyone was asking about the abrupt end of the Civil Wars, I was trying to sort out a new rhythm as a new mother, fighting for my marriage which was going through a major overhaul, and reeling over my Dad’s terminal cancer diagnosis. I felt like I was up to my eyeballs in it all. There was a battle within myself: I could either let it all drown me, or I could learn to swim. I felt this pull, to find a new steady amidst what was feeling like total chaos. ‘Until The Levee’ was the second of almost 80 songs I wrote for my new album Venus. It’s the beginning glimmer of me finding that fight from within, to grow stronger from navigating through the pain, not away from it. This was one of the first moments I chose to stand there, determined to get through to the other side.”
“Until The Levee” is off Williams’ upcoming solo project, Venus, which is due out this summer on Columbia Records. She previously shared “Woman (Oh Mama)” off the collection. Prior to The Civil Wars, Williams released three Christian full-lengths as well as seven EPs and a greatest hits collection. The singer, in support of Venus, made her first return to the stage since late 2012 performing in London last week. She is due to perform at New York City’s Gramercy Theatre Thursday, May 14, and at L.A.’s El Rey Theatre Tuesday, May 19.