Gospel music veterans Bill and Gloria Gaither will host a public memorial service for Joey Martin Feek in her hometown of Alexandria, Ind., on Sunday (March 13). Joey Feek, one half of the Christian country duo Joey + Rory Feek, passed away on March 4 after a long battle with cancer.
Bill and Gloria Gaither live in Joey's hometown of Alexandria, and they are longtime supporters of the duo. The Gaithers even visited Joey to support her after she ceased her treatments and returned to Alexandria to spend her final days with friends and family, as Rory described in his blog, This Life I Live.
"Joey was one of a kind," Bill Gaither says in a press release. "We all will miss that sweet, transparent spirit."
On Valentine's Day this year, Joey + Rory Feek just released their final album, Hymns That Are Important to Us, via the Gaither label. The album was a #1 smash on both Billboard's Christian and country albums charts. 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."
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."
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