Rory Feek of Joey + Rory Feek is still fulfilling the wish of his late wife Joey. Joey passed away after losing to a bout with cancer this March. One of Joey's wish was to take her sisters out into the West to enjoy the Big Sky country. Most recently, Rory shared that he took Joey's sisters on the adventure Joey had actually planned.
"This past February, with snow on the ground outside her window at the little house by the Gaither pond in Indiana, Joey looked at the beautiful view from her bedside, and remembered another view that she loved," Rory explains. "And then with her three sisters gathered around her, Joey told stories about our trips out West to the Big Sky country. She showed them pictures we had taken during some of the adventures our family has had out there over the years. And then she asked me to find a way to take her three sisters and their families out West for the first time this summer."
Rory complied, and some friends allowed him and his sisters-in-law to stay at their property. The group had a lot of fun seeing the local sights, but the trip was bittersweet, as Rory admits.
"For all the fun we had... the trip was hard on me. Hard on us all actually," he writes. "We all wished that Joey was there with us. At the cabin, I would watch Joey's sisters all playing with their kids and I it broke my heart to know that Joey couldn't be there to play with Indiana too. And I know that it hurt her sisters too. But still, we all carried Joey's memory with us on every mountain we drove up and every trail we walked down."
Hymns That Are Important to Us, the duo's seventh and final studio album, was released on February 12, 2016 via Gaither Music Group. The set, which was a "dream project" for Joey Feek, consists of twelve covers of Christian hymns, plus a reprise of "When I'm Gone," which was first featured on the duo's His and Hers album in 2012. Some proceeds of the album's deluxe edition will go towards the Loeys-Dietz Syndrome Foundation, a charity selected by Joey Feek in honor of her daughter's friend who has Loeys-Dietz syndrome.
Hymns That Are Important to Us debuted at the top of the Billboard Top Country Albums and Top Christian Albums charts, with first week sales of 68,000 copies, making it their highest-charting release and the duo's best sales week ever