It is with a heavy heart that NYS Music reports Joey Feek has passed away today from cervical cancer. In her husband Rory’s personal blog dedicated to his wife and their life, he shares with family, friends, and fans, that “My wife’s greatest dream came true today. She is in Heaven.”
Joey Feek, one half of county duo Joey & Rory, was diagnosed in June of 2014 with cervical cancer, following the birth of her daughter, Indiana. In 2015, after unsuccessfully undergoing treatments, Joey & Rory announced that they had decided to forgo further treatments and spend the rest of their time together with those she loved around her. Setting her sights on making it through the holidays, the Grammy’s (for which they were a nominee this year), daughter Indiana’s second birthday celebration, and Valentine’s Day with her husband, Joey and Rory shared each personal moment with all of us as we cheered them on and prayed each day for them. Gathering strength from her faith, and those around her, Joey’s fight was momentous and her courage beyond inspiring. For all that followed this country and bluegrass musical duo, you could tell the love they shared in their music, each other, and everything they did.
Joey & Rory came to the attention of Nashville and the country music world when they came in third in 2008 on CMT’s Can You Duet. With Joey singing lead vocals, and Rory background vocals and playing guitar, they recorded eight studio albums, were nominated and won multiple ACM, CMA, and Grammy Awards, and were well respected members of the country music community family.
We close with a song recorded many years prior to Joey’s illness, as she sings a message to inspire each of us after she’s gone.