Country singer Joy Williams has released a music video for the title track off of her upcoming album, “Front Porch.” The video tackles the prejudices that face America today, telling the sad reality of what faces those in interracial relationships in many places. The video tells the story of a young girl being torn away from the man she loves because he is African American. Williams released the single “Front Porch” at the end of January of this year, drawing more hype for her upcoming solo album. The full Front Porch project is due to be released May 3.
Joy Williams gained widespread fame for her work as part of the duo The Civil Wars, which found its way into the mainstream music scene in 2011 with the album Barton Hollow. Powered by the song “Poison & Wine” and the title track “Barton Hollow,” the album brought the duo worldwide fame and critical acclaim. The Civil Wars then built off of this success with the 2013 album The Civil Wars, which featured the song “Dust to Dust.” The album was the group’s last, however, as they split up in 2014.
Since then, Williams has been dedicated to her solo work. The singer released her first major album since The Civil Wars began, Venus, in 2015. It was the start of a new chapter of Williams’ career, and led her to where she is now. For the upcoming Front Porch album, Williams has already released a few singles and fans are anxiously awaiting the project. For now, however, they will get to enjoy the heartbreaking music video for “Front Porch.”
The video depicts a young white woman and her African American boyfriend being torn apart by her family and the people around them, until they are slowly forced apart. The boyfriend eventually goes to join the military and the two stop seeing each other. As the years went on the girl eventually found a new love, but one day the boyfriend came home to find her. Being able to tell the entire story from the scenes in the video is a testament to the talent of the videographers. The music video ends with the two still apart, and the viewers feeling just as heartbroken as the characters themselves. Overall, it is a touching look at the struggles that many people forget others may be facing and will hopefully encourage others to try to be more accepting. Everyone should check out the music video for “Front Porch,” which can be found below.