Joy Williams’ highly anticipated new album Front Porch is out today on Sensibility/Thirty Tigers. Purchase/stream the record— produced by Kenneth Pattengale of The Milk Carton Kids and engineered by Matt Ross-Spang (Jason Isbell, Margo Price)— HERE.

Front Porch is the subject of extensive early critical praise from NPR, Rolling Stone, Forbes and many more:

“Joy Williams claims no particular ties to a vernacular tradition, but she’s found some of the haunting qualities of those melodies suited to the language of longing she speaks…she’s plaintive and wholly present in her singing, and builds toward bell-like, sustained notes.” –NPR

“Her voice steals the spotlight, with everything building toward Williams’ ringing, crystal-clear glory note in each chorus.” –Rolling Stones

“a stunning singer/songwriter collection of songs about love, life, loss and longing”–Forbes

“a breathtaking work that takes listeners on an emotionally  compelling journey through gorgeous melodies and lyrics”–Forbes

“a standout for its genuine sentiment and Williams’ tender vocal performance” –Popmatters

“One of the greatest achievements of Front Porch is that it doesn’t allow instrumentation or complicated harmony to distract from Williams’ near-perfect vocal.”
“Williams is devastatingly articulate and delightfully forthright.” –Earmilk

“Williams’ voice is soft and reassuring for the weary soul.” –

“Stripped down even by the standards of this reliably low-fi artist, Front Porch feels as intimate as a whisper.” –Relevant

“Williams’ songbird vocals are in career-best form.”
“an album full of emotional standouts”

Front Porch features 12 new songs and represents a new chapter in Williams’ career, recording the album in Nashville while pregnant with her second child. She reflects, “There is an energy that is very creative in having a baby. It gives a sense of urgency on top of all the creative energy. Cellularly, your body is experiencing something really different. Everything you are feeling is elevated. And you have a time-stamped sense of urgency.”

“So much of this is about coming home,” says Williams. “Whether to a physical place or to yourself. The lines on my face, I can see them more clearly now. But a lot of them are laugh lines. This record feels like breathing more deeply into who I am. Come what may.”

Joy Williams is the winner of four Grammy Awards. She has released four solo albums and four EPs since her self-titled debut in 2001. She was half of The Civil Wars from 2009 until 2014, after which she released her solo LP, 2015’s VENUS, which was praised by NPR Music for it’s “new, more adventurous pop sound,” furthering, “Williams takes on this material without shirking its heaviness, but her gift for melodies that rise up like warm winds brings a climate of grace to even the most difficult subject matter.”

For more information, please contact Amy Lipsky, 615.320.7753 or Carla Sacks, 212.741.1000, at Sacks & Co.


1. Canary
2. Front Porch
3. When Does a Heart Move On
4. All I Need
5. The Trouble With Wanting
6. No Place Like You
7. One and Only
8. When Creation Was Young
9. Preacher’s Daughter
10. Hotel St. Cecilia
11. Be With You
12. Look How Far We’ve Come