Listen to Paramore’s Collaboration with Joy Williams

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We know that we might be a little “late to the party,” but Paramore recently allowed fans to hear the deluxe version of 2013’s self-titled record in full earlier this week.

Included in the re-release was a never-before-heard version of “Hate to See Your Heart Break.” Another version of the song made its way onto the band’s album, but turns out this version of the song featured a special guest: Joy Williams of the now defunct Civil Wars.

At first it might seem a little odd to have the voice of a pop band and the folksy singer on a track together, but when you remember where Hayley got her start, it seems kind of like a no brainer that the two would collaborate on a song.

“When we met, I was 12 and Joy was like 18 or 19, I think,” Hayley said in a joint email on behalf of both her and Joy.

“I was already a fan of hers. It was fate that we became friends. She was always giving great advice and listening to songs I’d written or big plans I had about becoming a real artist.”

But even though they both went their different paths, they remained friends and Joy even admits that they have gotten a lot closer as friends.

“Our friendship has grown deeper as we’ve grown up, and I think we’ve gotten even closer in the last year,” Joy added.

“I’ve always loved how we’ve been able to pick up where we left off, no matter how long it’s been.”

Check out the music video for the song which features both singers in the studio recording the song.

The Civil Wars Officially Call It a Day

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The Civil Wars have announced before that the group were over, but then got back together to release a new album as well as a song for The Hunger Games soundtrack.

Now, the duo have announced that they have officially split; that means no more reuniting “for one more album.”

Joy Williams and John Paul White aka The Civil Wars, have been on an “indefinite hiatus” since 2012, but today they announced that the parting of ways is permanent this time around.

Though they had garnered a lot of great attention, praise and even a Grammy nomination, the duo called it a day in 2012, citing “internal discord and irreconcilable difference of ambition.”

Even with their internal issues, it did not stop them from recording their self-titled, sophomore record and releasing it last Summer. Apparently, the discord wasn’t that bad because they even a recorded a covers record this past November just for Record Store Day.

But all is not lost. Along with their parting words and farewells, the duo have released a cover of “You Are My Sunshine.” The song was originally a B-side to their limited edition Barton Hollow 7-inch. The song can be heard over at their website. You can read Williams and White’s individual release about the split below.

Joy Williams:

“I am saddened and disappointed by the ending of this duo, to say the very least. JP is a tremendous musician, and I will always be grateful for the music we were able to create together.

I sincerely hope that ‘You Are My Sunshine’ will be accepted as a token of my gratitude for every single person that has supported our duo throughout the years. I’m so thankful and my heart is full.

Looking ahead, I’m excited to share the music that I am writing and recording in the midst of this difficult transition. I’ve loved being back in the studio, and have missed performing live. I look forward to seeing you soon.”

John Paul White:

“I would like to express sincere thanks to all who were a part of the arc of The Civil Wars—from the beginning, to the end, and all points in between. My deep appreciation goes out to all who supported, disseminated, and enjoyed the music. Whatever shape or form the next chapter takes, thanks for being a large part of this one.”