Though Christian country duo Joey + Rory have been recording for years, 2016 is particularly special to them. They received their first Grammy Award nomination and now their latest release Hymns that Are Important to Us becomes their first #1 album for the couple. The hymns album debuts at #1 on both Billboard's Christian and country music albums charts this week.
When Joey was told by his manager that the new hymns album was selling like hot cakes, Rory immediately attributes it to God's grace. Joey calls the new album "God's Record." He writes: "Our manager Aaron called us yesterday morning and told us that lots of folks have been buying our new Hymns album and that stores across the country have had a hard time keeping them in stock since they went on sale earlier this week. I put it on speaker phone so Joey could listen and hear the wonderful news and say hi to Aaron. When we hung up, Joey and I sat there holding hands... knowing that in time those sales could turn into some income for our family and that could really help, now that there are no more concerts or income from shows. We talked about what a blessing it was, and then she looked at me very seriously and said, "I need you to do something for me...". I told her I would be glad to. Then with all the sincerity in the world, she said, "I need you to be generous... God has blessed us so much. We need to bless others'."
"This is one that she has always wanted to make, and she's worked so hard to make it happen, in spite of the difficult circumstances she is facing," Rory explains. "As I congratulated her, she responded through tears: 'No, honey, this is God's record.'"
The Feeks recently celebrated their daughter Indiana's second birthday, as well as their first Grammy nomination. Rory's older daughters attended the red carpet event on their behalf. Both milestones were goals Joey had sought to reach before she passes away. She is in hospice care, a result of her Stage 4 cancer.
Hymns That Are Important to Us has a deluxe version available exclusively at Cracker Barrel, with the regular version is available on iTunes.