Music & Culture
Finding Faith in Music: The Civil Wars
Written by Project Inspired | September 17, 2013
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?