Finding Faith in Music: The Civil Wars

    We talk about Christian artists a lot here at Project Inspired. With so many quality acts out there serving God with the gift of music, it’s one of our favorite things to write about. We want to start highlighting other acts who aren’t technically Christian artists, but either have members who are Christian or who sing about spirituality. Our hope is that with these posts, you can learn about some new music you might not have otherwise heard of!

    PI Girls, are you familiar with The Civil Wars? The power duo of Joy Williams and John Paul White blends a gritty country rock sound with overtly spiritual lyrics that offer the ups and downs of living a life for Christ. Williams is a very accomplished Christian singer who received 11 Dove Award nominations for her solo albums in the early 2000s. In 2008 she formed The Civil Wars with White.

    The band had major success right away with their smash hit “Barton Hollow” and released the single “Safe & Sound” with Taylor Swift for the film The Hunger Games. The band released their newest album, The Civil Wars, in August, which features songs such as “From This Valley.” Take a look at some of the song’s lyrics:

    Oh the outcast dreams of acceptance

    Just to find pure love’s embrace

    Like an orphan longs for its mother

    May you hold me in your grace

    Listen to “From This Valley” here:

    The very intense song “Devil’s Backbone” is about a Christian woman who falls for a man not of God, and prays to God to give him to her rather than live life alone.

    Oh Lord, Oh Lord, what do I do?

    I’ve fallen for someone who’s nothing like you

    He’s raised on the edge of the devil’s backbone

    Listen to “Devil’s Backbone” (Note: This song is a little dark and may not be suitable for younger listeners!)

    The band’s music may be a bit dark at times, but with powerful lyrics about heartache and crying out to God, we can see why. They aren’t for everyone…perhaps our older Project Inspired girls will really dig these guys most.

    We HIGHLY suggest you check out The Civil Wars for some new music to add to your fall Spotify playlist today!

    PI Girls, are you familiar with The Civil Wars? What do you think of their music?

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    1. The Devil’s Backbone is really good, but if I listen to it again, I’ll start singing it, and that’s not exactly something you want to find yourself saying. Besides, my parents would flip if they found me listening to it. Too bad. Good music.

    2. I’m absolutely in love with The Civil Wars’ music, and squealed when I saw this post about them. I have yet to buy their new album, but I’ve listened to it and can’t get over it. Thank you so much for writing this! They’re my favorite band. Thank you again and God bless! <3

    3. This is so interesting!!! I had no idea that they were a christian band!! This past June I danced my first lyrical solo to “Safe and Sound” and i love that i got to dance to their song/with Taylor Swift. Since then i have been obsessed with their music! With dance, i realized how dance is one of the gifts God has blessed me with! Someday I wish to open up a Christian dance studio and have that be my ministry and lead other people with a similar interest (dance) to the Lord. Thank you for posting this !! <3

    4. DAAHH! I love the Civil Wars!! 😀 I think the Christian music industry needs to pay more attention to them, though… You never hear them on Christian radio. People like them and Mike Mains and the Branched NEED to be played on Christian radio.

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