Joy Williams Speaks to the Soul in Powerful Title Track 'Front Porch': Video Premiere

Andy Barron
Joy Williams

Joy Williams returns with her sophomore solo album, Front Porch, on May 3. The album’s title track has the singer channeling the stripped down and organic feel of her former Grammy Award-winning duo, The Civil Wars.

The accompanying video to the breathy tune, which Billboard exclusively premieres today, follows the relationship of an interracial couple in the 1960s. While the pair navigate the harsh world of prejudice on a daily basis at the local diner, in the school yard and from their respective families, Williams’ whispered vocals provide solace.

“When I think of a front porch, I think of welcoming and being welcomed - shoes off, no pretense, no rush, nothing to prove,” Williams tells Billboard. “Sitting back, letting people see the bumps and bruises life brings sometimes, and letting yourself be really seen.”

Williams penned “Front Porch” with Liz Rose and Emily Shackleton. On the memorable ballad she sings of retreating to the comfort of a front porch and the lyrics come alive within the characters in her powerful video. The clip was directed by brother and sister team Stephen and Alexa Kinigopoulos.

“We live in such a busy world, so full of distractions," she adds. "I wanted to write a universal song that spoke of returning...to what is real, what is now, what is true, what is loving, deep within...and wherever you call home.”

“If never you find what you’re looking for/ Come on back to the front porch/ Sing my name through the screen door / Come on back to the front porch/ Whatever you’ve done, it doesn’t matter/ ‘Cause darlin’ we’re all a little splintered and battered/ But the light is on, what you waiting for?/ Come on back, come on back to the front porch,” she sings on the chorus.

Front Porch will be released on Sensibility/Thirty Tigers and follows Williams' previous solo album, 2015’s Venus. The new project was produced by Kenneth Pattengale of the Milk Carton Kids and engineered by Matt Ross-Spang.


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