Singer Joey Feek of Joey + Rory Country Duo, Dies at 40

Joey Feek Dead: Half of Country,
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Joey Feek, half of the country and gospel duo Joey + Rory, died of cervical cancer Friday, her husband Rory Feek confirmed on his blog.  She was 40.

“My wife’s greatest dream came true today. She is in Heaven,” Feek announced in an emotional blog post. “The cancer is gone, the pain has ceased, and all her tears are dry.” He continued, “Though this is, and has been, a time of many tears of sorrow, it has also been a time of countless tears of joy. There have been too many beautiful moments to count or even begin to share in this blog.  But I try.” He’d been using his blog, “This Life I Live,” to update fans and loved ones on the status of his wife’s health.

Drawn to country music since childhood, Feek first sang in public during a first-grade talent show, where she performed Dolly Parton’s “Coat of Many Colors.” In 1998 she relocated from her native Indiana to Nashville and signed to Sony Records two years later. Though the country singer recorded two albums with the label, her big break arrived in 2008, when she appeared on the CMT series “Can You Duet” with her husband Rory.  The husband and wife duo finished third in the competition and signed a record deal with Sugar Hill Records.

Their debut album “The Life of a Song” earned the couple the 2010 Academy of Country Music Award win for new vocal duo of the year.  They went on to release four additional country albums, two gospel albums and a Christmas album. The pair’s final joint album, “Hymns That Are Important to Us,” was released last month and debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s country and Christian music charts, marking their seventh album as their biggest debut to date. They also received a 2016 Grammy nod for best country duo/group performance.

The country singer was initially diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2014. After an apparent recovery, the cancer returned in 2015 and eventually spread. In November 2015, her husband announced that she’d been admitted to hospice care.

Fellow country music crooners Carrie Underwood, the Band Perry and Maddie & Tae paid condolences on social media:

“People from all over the world have gotten to know what an incredible talent and person Joey Feek was,” said SAG-AFTRA Nashville Local President Michael Montgomery. “Her faith in God, family and her love of music were an inspiration to millions.”

“If you ever met Joey, you knew immediately that she was someone special. She was one of the kindest, most approachable people you could imagine,” said SAG-AFTRA Nashville Local Executive Director Richard Van Syckle.

Feek is survived by her husband, Rory; daughter Indiana; and two stepchildren, Hopie and Heidi.

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    1. So sorry to hear about Joeys passing. now she is with The Creator Great Spirit she is home with her loved ones who went home before her now she is your Spirit Healer, I am a Mi’Kmaq Native Elder Woman I have great believes in The Lord Jesus. I got your CD when I was at my lowest time and your CD of joyless songs healed me I want to Thank you both and I will keep you and Joey in my prayers.
      Elder -Megwge Wow’kwis Abi t-Red Fox Woman
      Georgina Knockwood Crane PEI CAnada

    2. Dean says:

      Rory was blessed to know the feeling of Jesus picking Joey up to take here home. We have all been blessed with just a touch of God’s Love hearing your songs! May The Love of Jesus follow your family Rory with prayers from Texas and Dean.

    3. Pamela J Hayes says:

      Truly a beautiful angel is singing in heavens glorious choir…My heart goes out with love and prayers to all the Feek family. I first heard of Joey+Rory Feel on Bill Anderson’s Family Reunion program…Absolutely fell in love with this couple after hearing the song “That’s Important to Me”…..just a beautiful song of truth.
      I could go on and on but I don’t have enough space to say all I would like to say about her…..Joey will be watching over their precious Indy girl from heaven and guiding her life..I cannot tell the sadness that is in my heart for this family..But we have a hope that OUR God will embrace all of you in HIS loving arms and give you the comfort you will need to get through this time of grief…God bless all of you.❤

    4. Cynthia Johnson says:

      To Rory and family god be with you in this time of sorrow she don’t have to worry about pain any more she’s in a better place god makes no mistakes Cynthia Johnson Dallas Tx. Your in my prayers

      • Bonnie Hogue says:

        Joey you were such a Hugh inspiration in my Life as well as Rory y’all have touched me like no other singers has Rest Easy my dear Friend sing them beautiful hyms for my daddy up there he loved to here you sing and give him a kiss for me . And Praying for Rory and the girls and All the Family May God comfort you all in your time of sorrow you will be missed Joey but never forgotten I play yalls music every single day. God Bless. Bonnie Hogue , Ga.

    5. DEBORAH BRADEN says:

      MY PRAYERS ARE GOING OUT TO THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF THIS SONGBIRD ROB MY BEAUTIFUL YOUNG ANGEL!!!!

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