Hailed by American Songwriter as a “sophisticated, introspective singer/songwriter” and as having “a lovely, ever-on-the-verge- of-breaking voice, and knows how to sell a song” by The Washington Post, critically lauded Nashville-based singer-songwriter Holly Williams will self-release her third studio album, The Highway, on Georgiana Records February 5, 2013.
Co-produced by Charlie Peacock (The Civil Wars) and Williams, The Highway is the follow-up to 2009’s Here With Me, and is Holly’s first record as an independent artist. Additionally, the album features guest vocals from Jackson Browne (“Gone Away From Me”), Jakob Dylan (“Without You”), Dierks Bientley (“’Til It Runs Dry”) and Gwyneth Paltrow (“Waiting On June”).
Featuring 11 original compositions of “serious-minded, heavy-hearted songwriting she’s done all along,” (Nashville Scene), all songs were either written or co-written by Williams. Writing collaborators include Christopher Coleman (“Happy,” “Let You Go,” “’Til It Runs Dry”) Lori McKenna (“Without You”), Sarah Buxton (“A Good Man”) and Cary Barlowe (“’Til It Runs Dry”). Recorded at The Art House in Nashville, the album was engineered and mixed by Richie Biggs, with additional engineering and mixing by Nick Autry, and Chuck Ainlay.
“I think every artist has their coming of age record,” says Williams. “This one definitely feels like mine in that there was such a shift with me through the process of this record. It was completed in exactly nine months to the day, feeling somewhat like a birth. These songs really brought a focus into my life personally. Since the last record, I turned 30, my grandparents are gone, I’m married now, I’m keeping doggies and gardens alive, I have a clothing store, I have a husband on tour with a huge rock band, so there’s a lot to keep up with. But the highway came calling and I suddenly had this serious longing for the road, the fans, the storytelling, and the life in that living. I’m ready to get back to those wheels and play these songs for everyone.”