Joey + Rory Feek first sang together in 2008 on CMT's Can You Duet. That same year, Joey + Rory signed to Sugar Hill/Vanguard Records, releasing their debut album The Life of a Song in late October. Seven albums later, the couple are a pair not only in real life but on record too. With Joey Feek suffering from Stage IV cervical cancer, the inevitable question is, will Rory still sing after Joey's passing?
In an exclusive interview with ET, Rory says he won't continue to make music without his wife by his side. "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."
Hymns That Are Important to Us will therefore be the couple's and Rory's final album. The album which finds the couple delivering acoustic versions of their favorite hymns such as "The Old Rugged Cross," "Jesus Loves Me," "He Touched Me," and others, arrives in stores and online on Valentine's Day. This will be the Feeks' ultimate Valentine's Day gitt to all their fans. A thank you sent from the duo to all their fans for loving them through Joey's grueling illness.
Rory explains that while the album's tracks were recorded at a studio in Nashville, Joey laid down most of her final vocals in a Georgia hotel room while undergoing chemo and radiation last year.
In addition to Hymns, Joey + Rory will release a DVD "not long" after the album hits shelves.
"It's a live concert Joey and I filmed in September at our farm, and also interviews we did with Bill Gaither in October. Joey was still going through chemo and radiation as we recorded them, so it was hard on her," he recalls. "But she just kept smiling and pushed through it because this project is so important to her.
"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."