Joey Feek Biography
Joey Marie Martin Feek (1975 – 2016) was an American country singer-songwriter. Her music career began in 2005, and had its breakthrough in 2008, when she formed the duo Joey + Rory, with her husband Rory Lee Feek. It ended in 2016, after a lost battle with cancer.
Early Life & Solo Album
Joey Martin Feek was born in 1975, in Alexandria, Indiana. As a child, she learned to play the guitar, with the support of her father. In 1998 she moved to Nashville, Tennesse, initially to become a veterinarian. Then she pursued songwriting and met her future husband and partner. In 2005 Joey recorded a solo album, Strong Enough to Cry, however, Sony cancelled its release. In 2017, the record came out under a different name, If Not For You. It peaked at number 6 on the Country Albums chart and number 50 on the Billboard 200.
The Duo & To Joey, With Love
Joey and Rory married in 2002 and, after 6, years decided to collaborate musically as well. Together, they released 7 studio albums, 4 of which reached top 10 and 1 topped the Country Albums chart. In 2010 the duo won an Academy of Country Music Award for Top New Vocal Duo of the Year. In 2017, they received a Grammy Award for their last album, Hymns That Are Important to Us. In 2016, after his wife’s tragic demise, Rory decided to create a film about her, titled To Joey, With Love. Along with a small team of experts, Rory assembled footage from his marriage. The film premiered in US theatres in late 2016.
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