Joy Williams is an American singer-songwriter and a member of the folk duo The Civil Wars.
After declining earlier offers, Williams signed a recording contract with Reunion Records (a division of Sony/BMG music) at the age 17. She released the albums Joy Williams (2001), By Surprise (2002), and Genesis (2005) collectively selling more than 250,000 copies. Williams has received 11 Dove Award nominations including nominations for Female Vocalist of the Year nominations and Song of the Year. Her song, "Hide" won an ASCAP Music award for the "Most Performed Song" in 2005. Williams severed her contract with Reunion Records in 2005.
In October 2008, she and her husband Nate Yetton founded Sensibility Music as a recording, marketing, management and licensing firm. In the Spring of 2009, Williams released a four song EP called One of Those Days. One of the songs, "Charmed Life", appeared on the season finale of Grey's Anatomy in 2009 and "One of Those Days" was heard on Drop Dead Diva. On May 28, 2009 she released another EP titled Charmed Life (Remixes).
In 2009 she released a double EP, titled Songs From This and Songs From That. "Sunny Day" from the former EP was featured on 90210, while "Speaking A Dead Language" from the latter EP was featured on Grey's Anatomy. "Sunny Day" was featured on Grey's Anatomy on the Nov. 12, 2009 episode. "Sunny Day" was also in a Dutch commercial for a fruit juice called Appelsientje which made the song well known in the Netherlands.
In 2010 Williams released the EP, We Mapped the World.
In February 2009, Williams joined John Paul White to form the folk duo, The Civil Wars. The duo appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in both January and May 2011. Their first studio album, Barton Hollow released on February 1, 2011 and debuted at No. 1 on iTunes' album sales chart and at No. 12 on the Billboard 200, selling 25,000 copies in its first week after release.
Joy Williams joined with John Paul White to form The Civil Wars. Their first album Barton Hollow was produced by Charlie Peacock and released February 1, 2011. Their debut song was featured on TV's Grey's Anatomy, and garnered incredible following.