As a duet they realy hit it off real good
Joey + Rory was an Americancountry and bluegrass duo composed of singer-songwriters Rory Lee Feek (born April 25, 1965) and Joey Feek (September 9, 1975 – March 4, 2016), who were husband and wife. Both members of the duo were vocalists and songwriters, with Rory also playing acoustic guitar. Rory Lee Feek had written singles for other artists prior to the duo’s foundation. The duo was the third-place finalist on CMT’s competition, Can You Duet in 2008. The duo recorded eight studio albums forVanguard Records and Farmhouse Recordings and charted three singles on Hot Country Songs.
Before the duo’s foundation, Rory Lee Feek worked as a songwriter in Nashville, Tennessee , and continued to work as a songwriter as a member of Joey + Rory. Songs he wrote for other artists include Clay Walker’s Top Five hit “The Chain of Love”, Blake Sheldon’s Number One hit “Some Beach.”,
2010–2011: Album Number Two
2011–2012: A Farmhouse Christmas and His and Hers
On August 29, 2011, Joey + Rory released a new single, titled “Headache,” to country radio, though it failed to chart and was not included on an album. Joey + Rory released their first Christmas album,A Farmhouse Christmas , on October 11, 2011.
Joey + Rory’s third studio album,His and Hers , was released on July 31, 2012. “When I’m Gone” and “Josephine” served as the album’s first two singles and were simultaneously released to radio before the album, though neither charted. In late 2015, due to a spike in sales for “When I’m Gone” after the video was featured in some press about Joey + Rory, it managed to enter the BillboardHot Country Songs chart at number 21.
2013–2016: Final recordings
Joey + Rory announced on the red carpet of the ACM Awards that the duo had recorded their first album of gospel music. Joey Feek told Billboard that “It’s kind of an inspirational album, of old gospel songs that I grew up singing and listening to my mom sing…. It’s an album I’ve wanted to do for a long, long time.” The album, Inspired: Songs of Faith & Family, was released on July 16, 2013 via Gaither Music Group. It debuted at number 166 on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 3,000, while also peaking at number 31 on the Top Country Albums chart and at number 6 on the Top Christian Albums chart.
After the release of their Gospel album, Joey + Rory announced that they would be releasing their fifth studio album, Made to Last, in late 2013 via their own Farmhouse Recordings record label (their first self-released project). Made to Last was released on October 8, 2013 and debuted at No. 44 on the Top Country Albums chart. Their sixth studio album, Country Classics: A Tapestry of Our Musical Heritage, was released exclusively to Cracker Barrel. in May 2014, with a wide release following on October 14, 2014. Their second project on Gaither Music Group, the record consists of cover versions of classic country songs. In October 2015, after Joey’s terminal cancer diagnosis, the duo cancelled all future concert appearances.
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.
Rory Feek wrote and produced a film, Josephine, which was set in the American Civil War and included the couple’s song of the same name. It was shot at theNathan Bedford Forrest Boyhood Home , the childhood home of Confederate GeneralNathan Bedford Forrest owned by the Sons of Confederats in Chapel Hill, Tennessee. The film later debuted at the Nashville Film Festival in summer 2016.