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Joey & Rory Prepare to Celebrate Big Week

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Joey and Rory have remained steadfast and faithful throughout Joey’s journey with cancer. The couple have been truly inspirational, and we’re so grateful for Rory documenting his thoughts and feelings in such a beautiful way. These days, the couple have taken to praying for big miracles one day at a time, and we ask that you join them.

This week is a landmark one for the couple. Today, their album Hymns & Stores that Are Important to Us was released today. Sunday is Valentine’s Day, Monday the Grammys take place, which the couple are nominated, and Wednesday their baby girl Indiana turns 2.

There is a reason Joey has made it this long. Let us all join together in prayer that she gets to experience all this week has to offer.

So my hope this year instead is to hold her hand and take her on a ‘virtual’ walk down memory lane together… with pictures and videos on my laptop. I want to take her back to where our lives first began together, and relive this beautiful journey that God has taken us on… from that first song she heard me sing at the Bluebird cafe, to the last one we sang together as we stood on stage and took our final bow… to the songs that she will leave behind here on earth and the ones she will soon sing for eternity to our sweet Lord in that heavenly choir up yonder.

A trip down memory lane together…

That, and I’m hoping for a few soft kisses. The passion for each other that Joey and I once had has been replaced by the sweetest, gentlest kisses.

I live for those kisses.

They are enough.

A few nights later we will again gather around Joey’s bed and turn the tv-in-the-corner on and watch the Grammy Awards – Joey’s mama and daddy and her three sisters and their kids – all of us having a big-time together. We’ll watch the presenters and performances and scan the cutaways to the audience for our daughters and our manager in the sea of people dressed-to-the-nines for the big night. And we will smile at each other and wonder how in the world we got so blessed. How we’ve come so far without going anywhere at all.

For Indy’s birthday, the family will gather to celebrate.

Our plan is to put streamers up around Joey’s bed and move Indiana’s high-chair in beside her, so Joey can be part of it. So she can watch our little-one eat her cupcake and rip the wrapping paper off her gifts. But Joey is very fragile right now, and so with all of these plans we have, we will need to adjust for what my wife needs.

God Bless this family. I hope they call Joey and Rory’s names on GRAMMY night.

Rory Has No Desire to Make Music without Joey

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Joey and Rory continue to fight the cancer that is taking Joey’s life. Their upcoming album, Hymns That Are Important To Us, was said to be Joey’s last but Rory tells ET that it’s his last as well.

This is the last record that Joey and I will ever get to make and the last songs we’ll ever get to sing together,” he says of their new album, Hymns That Are Important To Us, out Feb. 12 exclusively at Cracker Barrel. “I have no desire to go on singing or performing without her.”

“Joey singing these songs is a big part of Indy’s life so far, and I know that these songs will go on to be very important to her as she grows up and is able to hear Joey still singing them to her when we play the album.”

After the release of the album, a DVD will follow, giving lasting memories to their baby girl long after Joey moves on from this world to the next.

“I sat beside Joey’s bed and watched the final edit of the DVD with her a couple of weeks ago,” he continues. “We were both moved to tears. It’s very special.”

You can stay connected with the couple and their faithful fight on Rory’s blog TheLifeILive.com 

We hope that Rory goes on singing…not without Joey but for her. He has a gift, and I think Joey would want him to keep sharing it.

Joey+Rory and Cracker Barrel Announce Exclusive “Hymns That Are Important To Us” Deluxe CD Package

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Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® and country music duo Joey+Rory announced that a deluxe package of the upcoming “Hymns That Are Important To Us” CD will be available for preorder exclusively at crackerbarrel.com this Friday, Jan. 15 and at all Cracker Barrel® locations on Friday, Feb. 12.

In addition to the duo’s seventh studio album, the deluxe CD package includes never-before-seen photos of Joey and Rory and their family, a magnet, lyrics, excerpts and stories from Rory’s blog, “This Life I Live,” and a closer look into the couple’s journey creating this album together. Cracker Barrel Old Country Storeâ will donate $1.00 of the retail sales price of each deluxe CD package sold while supplies last to the Loeys-Dietz Syndrome Foundation, a nonprofit supported by the musical duo.

“Joey and I feel blessed to partner with Cracker Barrel for the deluxe package of our new hymns album,” said Rory Feek. “These songs of faith and hope mean so much to us, and to have them wrapped within intimate stories and photos from our lives is a dream come true. We are both big fans of the restaurant, and our family has held hands and said blessings over many meals there throughout the years.”

“Hymns That Are Important To Us” features 13 tracks that “capture the words and melodies that were the soundtrack to Joey’s childhood,” said Rory. “It’s the one Joey has always wanted to make – filled with the hymns she grew up with,” he continued.

The album provides an intimate glimpse into the husband and wife’s life-changing year and includes “When I’m Gone,” a song that has special meaning to the couple, who approached Cracker Barrel about the partnership. “We recorded the album in a studio in Nashville early in the summer — just after recovering from [Joey’s] first big surgery in Chicago,” Rory said. “And then she did her vocals where she could … in hotel rooms, our house, wherever and whenever she felt up to singing.”

“Joey and Rory have been a part of the Cracker Barrel family for many years, playing at our Home Office and releasing their sixth studio album in our stores in 2014,” said Senior Marketing Manager Julie Ulmer. “When they approached us about partnering on this album, we were honored to have the opportunity to support the project and share their music again, while also giving to a charity they care so deeply about.”

Since 2005, Cracker Barrel has released albums with a wide variety of artists, some of which have debuted in top spots on a range of Billboard’s charts. Recent partnerships include the brand’s first pop albums with a cappella group Pentatonix and “Fight Song” singer Rachel Platten, as well as industry staples Michael W. Smith and Alabama. Cracker Barrel’s music program presents a unique opportunity for the company to connect with consumers through an array of musical genres and artists, providing not only the music, but also unique experiences, such as Pentatonix’s surprise performance at a Nashville-area Cracker Barrel last November.

The Loeys-Dietz Syndrome Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that is dedicated to the education, research and support of those affected by the genetic disorder that affects the connective tissue in the body. The nonprofit has special meaning to Joey and Rory, whose daughter’s best friend has the disorder.

Full Track Listing:

  1. Take My Hand, Precious Lord
  2. I Surrender All
  3. He Touched Me
  4. Softly and Tenderly
  5. Jesus Loves Me
  6. It Is Well With My Soul
  7. The Old Rugged Cross
  8. I Need Thee Every Hour
  9. How Great Thou Art
  10. I’ll Fly Away
  11. Jesus Paid It All
  12. Suppertime
  13. When I’m Gone

 

Joey Feek Ready to Go HOME

Joey+Rory – “When I’m Gone” from Hickory Films on Vimeo.

It seems that Joey Feek is ready. Ready to let go. Ready to say good bye. Read to stand at the Pearly Gates and meet her Maker, and Rory is at peace with his bride leaving this world. He knows she waited so she could delicately prepare his heart to let go.

And now, here I sit beside my dying wife.

I don’t say those words lightly. As a matter-of-fact, I haven’t said them at all. But my beautiful bride has said them to me in these couple of days. Her pain and discomfort has continued to increase daily and so has the morphine to help her be comfortable. The dosage she’s needed to keep the pain away has quadrupled in the last four days.

I’d like to tell you that she’s doing great and is going to beat this thing. But I can’t.

Yesterday with tears in her eyes and mine, Joey held my hand and told me that she has been having serious talks with Jesus. She said she told him that if He’s ready to take her… she’s ready to come home.

All of this after reflecting on the couple’s song “When I’m Gone.”

Our ‘make-believe’ song and video seems to be coming true.

Some call it ‘life imitating art’. I don’t.

I call it God.

He knew I would need her to tell me goodbye… not just once, but a thousand times. And I’d need to know that no matter how much time passes, that she loves me still. And He made it so that if I needed to be reminded of her beautiful life and heart and voice… she would only be a ‘click’ away.

Am I angry at the irony of the song? No. How could I be?

How many men who are losing the woman they love get a gift like that? None that I know of.

Joey and I have asked to have “When I’m Gone” added to our new “Hymns That Are Important To Us” album that’s coming out in a couple of weeks in Cracker Barrel and most other places all around the country. It’s not a classic hymn, but to us it is.

It is a very special song, filled with hope and love. And in time, I believe it will have the power to help heal a million broken hearts…

Even mine.

I’m still praying for a miracle for Joey + Rory, but it’s becoming clear that God has other plans. Maybe THIS is the miracle. Maybe he is using Joey and Rory as a way to make all of us turn towards Him. Maybe these people are a shining example of how to live and die as a child of God. God bless you both!

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