"When we met, I was 12 and Joy was like 18 or 19, I think," Hayley told NPR. "I was already a fan of hers. It was fate that we became friends. She was always giving great advice and listening to songs I'd written or big plans I had about becoming a real artist."
Joy added, "Our friendship has grown deeper as we've grown up, and I think we've gotten even closer in the last year. I've always loved how we've been able to pick up where we left off, no matter how long it's been."
Hayley, who fronts rock outfit, Paramore, and Joy, formerly the lead singer of the now-defunct Civil Wars, released the duet, "I Hate to See Your Heartbreak," tonight on the deluxe version of Paramore's self-titled 2013 album.
"We were both feeling a little melancholy," Hayley told NPR about writing the song. "We just sort of meshed each of our individual ideas and they fit together perfectly. As far as the old-school vibe of it, I think down deep I had been dying to write a song like this for a long time. What I love about 'Heartbreak,' in particular, is that both vocal melodies are strong enough to be leads, but they sort of act as harmonies to each other."
For Joy, according to NPR, the harmonies came very naturally.
"Since I grew up harmonizing with women, it felt really natural singing with Hayley," she said. "I remember she and I talked that day in studio, about how we have some similar traits in our voices. All we had to do was give into that for our harmonies to really come together. The blend felt natural, very much like family. I think women have a mysterious way of tapping into each other if they know each other well, and I felt that."
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