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The Civil Wars Perform Billie Jean

Posted 18 May 2012 by Gold FM in Music

The Civil Wars is a duo, made up of John Paul White and Joy Williams.They met in Nashville, Tennessee when they attended a songwriting workshop (writing camp), a gathering of songwriters for the purpose of writing radio singles for a band that didn't even have a name at that point.

Joy Williams said "I thought it was going to be a waste of time, but my publisher wanted me to go, so I said OK. It was literally a drawing of straws to see which songwriters would be put into which room together, and by the time I got there the straws had been drawn. I was like, OK, I'm going into this room with somebody named John Paul White. I had no idea what I was walking in to. After about half an hour of getting-to-know-yous, he started plucking at the guitar. In Nashville, it's not uncommon to harmonise with someone but what was strange was that when he started singing it was like I knew where he was going to go before he went there – it tightened my stomach and made me pay attention".

Since then the Civil Wars has been seriously noticed and featured on TV shows, written their debut album and received accolades from some of the music industry's luminaries with numerous awards.

Here they are performing a beautiful rendition of the Michael Jackson classic, Billie Jean.