Joey Feek Cancer Update: Joey And Rory Top Country And Christian Charts With New Album
Joey Feek is celebrating one milestone after another. When Joey was first told her cancer was terminal in October 2015, her doctors didn’t expect her to live through the holidays. However, with her courage and strength, Joey has managed to surpass all expectations, and has lived to see the events she never thought she would.
Last week, Joey and her husband Rory Feek watched the Grammy Awards together, and although they didn’t win, they celebrated simply being nominated for Best Country Duo. Two days later, the couple celebrated their daughter Indiana’s second birthday with a “Gruffalo-themed” birthday party, complete with hundreds of presents from fans across the United States.
Prior to the week of celebrations, Joey and Rory released their final album Joey+Rory: Hymns That Are Important To Us. The album, which was released by the pair’s own Farmhouse Recordings label, has already sold out in many stores across the country, and has landed them a No. 1 spot on the Top Country Albums and Top Christian Albums charts, according to Taste of Country. This marks the first time Joey+Rory have reached No. 1 on both charts at the same time.
In addition, Billboard reports that the country music duo landed at number four on Billboard‘s 200 chart, marking their first top 10 album on the Billboard 200 and best sales week ever since they launched their careers.
On Friday, February 19, Rory spoke about their album on his blog This Life I Live.
“Our manager Aaron called us yesterday morning and told us that lots of folks have been buying our new Hymns album and that stores across the country have had a hard time keeping them in stock since they went on sale earlier this week. I put it on speaker phone so Joey could listen and hear the wonderful news and say hi to Aaron.”
“When we hung up, Joey and I sat there holding hands… knowing that in time those sales could turn into some income for our family and that could really help, now that there are no more concerts or income from shows.”
As The Inquisitr previously reported, Joey Feek was diagnosed with stage four cervical cancer in May 2014, three months after giving birth to her daughter Indiana (Indy). The doctors provided her with treatment options, which included a radical hysterectomy, along with chemotherapy and radiation. At the advice of her doctors, Joey underwent the treatment, and appeared to be getting better. However, as she was preparing for her final round of chemo in October 2015, her doctors discovered that her cancer had returned, and was spreading to other parts of her body. Although she could continue chemo and radiation, it would only buy her time, not the cure she so desperately hoped and prayed for. Therefore, Joey made the heartbreaking decision to stop treatment and return to her home in hospice care so she could live out the remainder of her days with her family and friends.
Despite all Joey has gone through over the past two years, she made sure to tell Rory to use a portion of their proceeds from their album sales to help others. She said God had blessed them, and it was their turn to pass the blessings on.
“We talked about what a blessing it was, and then she looked at me very seriously and said, ‘I need you to do something for me…’ I told her I would be glad to. Then with all the sincerity in the world, she said, ‘I need you to be generous… God has blessed us so much. We need to bless others.'”
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