Joey Feek's first posthumous album debuts on Billboard's Top Country Albums at No. 6. It earns 11,000 equivalent album units, with 10,000 in pure sales. On Billboard's 200, the song arrives at #50. If Not for You was co-produced by her husband, Rory Feek, and Bill McDermott.
Joey Feek is widely known as one-half of country music duo Joey+Rory, who most recently won a GRAMMY® for their Hymns album in February. The couple captured the hearts of millions over the past few years as Rory chronicled their love story and Joey's cancer battle on his blog, This Life I Live, as well as their preparation for her passing in March 2016.
But there's much more to the story: the couple met in the early 2000s, when Joey was still an aspiring country singer. They eventually fell in love, married and recorded Joey's debut album. The collection was released independently in 2005 and was made available at the duo's shows and on their website, years before they appeared on CMT's "Can You Duet" and began recording as a duo. This marks the first time the album will be widely available.
"When this album was recorded in 2005, Joey and I were still newlyweds, or at least we felt like we were. Though we had hopes for the record at the time, it wasn't meant to be, and so this collection of music set quietly on a shelf for the last ten years or so, waiting for the right time to come along, when maybe somehow, someone would care. A time like now," Rory said. "It is one of the great joys of my life to dust these songs off and bring life to them again. Not just the songs, but also the stories and the life of the special woman that these songs represent."