Civil Wars members Joy Williams and John Paul White announce permanent band split

After two incredibly successful studio albums and a few Grammys, country duo The Civil Wars announced that they are permanently breaking up. The group was made up of Joy Williams and John Paul White and posted a statement about the split Tuesday morning.

The duo posted the statement on Facebook and their official site. As a thank you to the fans who supported them, they posted a digital version of their “You Are My Sunshine” cover, which appeared on the vinyl B-side to their smash hit “Barton Hollow.”

“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,” Williams said in a statement. Williams, who welcomed a baby boy with husband Nate Yetton two years ago, also announced that she’s working on new music herself, which she hopes to share soon.

“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,” Paul White said. “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.”

The group experienced a rocky road before releasing their self-titled second album last summer. They had cancelled an Australia and New Zealand tour, citing “internal discord and irreconcilable differences of ambition.” Many thought that would be the end of the group, but they got together to make The Civil Wars, which topped Billboard when it was released.

In addition to their highly successful debut album Barton Hollow, they also worked with Taylor Swift on the Grammy-winning “Safe and Sound” for the first Hunger Games film.

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