Joey Feek is growing ever closer to the end of her battle with cancer, but the country singer is making sure her legacy lives on through one final album she recorded with her husband during her dying days
Feek was diagnosed with terminal cervical cancer last year, and has spent the last three months in a hospice surrounded by family. Her husband and musical partner, Rory Feek, has kept fans abreast of her battle through his blog, and this week opened up about the final album that they recorded together.
Rory explained that his wife was determined to complete the project, even as her strength waned.
“She would sing into a microphone that we had set up in our room,” Feek said of the album, which was recorded last year as Joey’s battle with cancer was taking a turn for the worse. “It wasn’t easy, but it was important to her. Those are moments I’ll never forget.”
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As Rory explained, the album will be a chance for Joey’s legacy to live on even after she has died.
“Selfishly, I hope the whole world gets to discover what an amazing singer and woman my beautiful wife is, and that her music outlives not only the both of us, but also our children’s children’s children,” he said.
The album, entitled Hymns That Are Important to Us, will be released on February 12, ABC News reported.
The world has been able to follow Joey and Rory as they dealt with her diagnosis and her steady decline in the past few months. Rory has written extensively on his blog, This Life I Live, telling fans across the world how Rory was spending time with their daughter, Indiana, and grappling with the fear and heartache of saying goodbye to friends and family.
In an interview with People this week, Rory Feek explained that writing regular updates about Joey’s cancer battle has been cathartic.
“I am a songwriter who hasn’t been writing songs in the last couple of years, so sitting down and writing these stories about our lives has been a wonderful creative outlet for me,” explains Rory. “Each blog post has also been therapeutic for me, in the sense that there are some parts of what we’re going through that I’m not sure what to make of. Writing about it helps me to sort out what I feel and how to respond to the twists and turns that life has taken us on.”
Joey Feek has found other areas of strength during her cancer battle. Rory wrote that she has remained strong in her faith, and in the past has found support in spending time with Indiana.
Rory has also been thinking about Indy, recording some of the family’s precious moments including Christmas and their early celebration for the girl’s second birthday.
“Without realizing I was doing it, God has allowed me to capture hours and hours of Joey and her life at home on the farm, raising Indiana and playing music,” Rory wrote. “I can’t help but believe that those clips will be an important part of keeping Joey’s memory alive in Indy’s heart.”
The final album and the home videos may not be the only way that Joey Feek is able to live on after her battle with cancer comes to an end. She and Rory are nominated for a Grammy for country duo/group performance for their song “If I Needed You.” Rory said he is looking forward to watching the show by his wife’s side.
[Image via This Life I Live]