After being on hiatus since 2012, it’s official: The Civil Wars are splitting up. Click to read the duo’s full statement, announced through a letter to their fans.
The Civil Wars, the Grammy Award winning folk duo, Joy Williams and John Paul White, announced on August 5 that they are breaking up. Their official statement mentioned a “tumultuous period,” and both Joy and John spoke out on their own, referencing being “saddened” and “disappointed.”
The Civil Wars Break Up After Hiatus
In a statement posted to their website, The Civil Wars announced that they decided to call it quits, after they went on an indefinite hiatus in 2012. As a thank you to fans, the band offered and offered a free digital download of their rendition of “You Are My Sunshine.”
“The Civil Wars—made up of duo partners Joy Williams and John Paul White—have regretfully decided to permanently part ways,” the statement read. “The difficult decision ends a tumultuous period for the four-time Grammy Award-winning band, who has been on indefinite hiatus since late 2012. As a thank you gift and farewell, the band is offering a download of their rendition of “You Are My Sunshine.” Recorded in 2010, the track was originally released in 2011 as a b-side to the band’s limited edition Barton Hollow 7” vinyl. This is the first time the song has been available digitally in the U.S.”
Joy Williams & John Paul White Release Statements
Joy and John also wrote their own statements that were included on the band’s website.
Joy Williams said:
“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 added:
“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.”
These heartfelt words prove that Joy and John are disappointed by their decision to part ways.
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