Tuesday, January 26, 2021
New York, NY (January 26, 2021) – Spirit Music Group and Spirit Music Nashville announced they have entered into a multi-faceted agreement with four-time GRAMMY® award-winning artist and songwriter Joy Williams.
The deal includes the acquisition of compositions from her various song catalogs, including her GRAMMY® winning work as part of the duo The Civil Wars, as well as several masters that she controls. In addition, Spirit will administer Williams’ most recent solo album Front Porch, as well as her compositions going forward.
“Joy Williams and her music are a treasure,” said Frank Rogers, CEO, Spirit Music Nashville. “Spirit Music is honored to represent her catalog and is excited to help her continue to create, record and share great music with the world.”
“It’s rare to acquire a catalog that includes both the composition and master recordings of someone like Joy Williams, who is an award-winning songwriter and artist in multiple genres. We are proud to be the stewards of such a unique and beloved catalog as hers,” said Joe Borrino, COO, Spirit Music Group.
“I am thrilled to dive in head-first with the Spirit team. I think my best songs are ahead of me, and I’m looking forward to walking down the path of the craft with this crazy (wonderful) group of supportive souls,” said Joy Williams.
Spirit’s acquisition of Joy Williams’ songwriting catalog for The Civil Wars encompasses the albums Live at Eddie’s Attic (2009), Poison & Wine (2009), Barton Hollow (2011), and The Civil Wars (2013), which includes Grammy-winning works Barton Hollow (Grammy Award for Best Folk Album in 2011), “Barton Hollow” (Grammy Award for Best Country Duo/Group Performance in 2011), “Safe & Sound” with Taylor Swift (Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media in 2012), and “From This Valley” (Grammy Award for Best Country Duo/Group Performance in 2013).
Joy Williams’ solo material covered in the acquisition includes her albums One of Those Days (2009), Songs from This/Songs From That (2009), We Mapped the World (2010), Venus (2015), and Venus (Acoustic) (2016), as well as the song “Stand By You,” which was recorded by Rachel Platten and peaked at #37 on Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on Billboard Adult Top 40. The company will also administer Williams’ most recent solo album Front Porch, which was nominated for the 2020 Grammy Award for Best Folk Album.
Joy Williams began her career as a solo artist, receiving 11 Dove Award nominations before signing with Warner/Chappell and shifting her focus to songwriting. Toward the end of her Warner/Chappell deal in 2008, Joy partnered with John Paul White to form The Civil Wars. The duo parted ways in 2014, and she has since resumed her career as a solo artist and songwriter.
ABOUT SPIRIT MUSIC:
Spirit Music Group, founded in 1995, is one of the world's leading independent music publishers, owning and/or managing more than 100,000 songs spanning seven decades and every musical genre. Spirit’s portfolio consists of over 200 #1 Billboard hits and over 450 Top 10 songs.
Spirit is a portfolio company of Lyric Capital Group, led by seasoned music executives Jon Singer and Ross Cameron. For further information about Spirit Music Group, go to www.spiritmusicgroup.com.