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Joey Feek dies at 40 from cancer

Saturday, March 5, 2016 – Joey Feek, one-half of the duo of Joey + Rory, died Friday at 40 of cancer.

Her fight against cancer was well-pubilcized thanks in large part to a blog kept by her husband, Rory.

The duo were best known for the song "Cheater Cheater" and also recorded religious music as well.

"My wife's greatest dream came true today. She is in Heaven," Rory Feek wrote on Friday.

"The cancer is gone, the pain has ceased and all her tears are dry. Joey is in the arms of her beloved brother Justin and using her pretty voice to sing for her savior."

"At 2:30 this afternoon, as we were gathered around her, holding hands and praying.. my precious bride breathed her last. And a moment later took her first breath on the other side."

In June 2014, Joey was diagnosed with cervical cancer shortly after the birth of the couple's daughter, Indiana, who was born with Down syndrome. In 2015, Joey announced that the cancer had returned and spread to her colon. In October, Rory said in a blog post that Joey's cancer was terminal, and they were stopping all treatment.

Joey was born in Alexandria, Va., one of five children. She was a big fan of Dolly Parton growing up. She moved to Tennessee in 1998, going to songwriters' nights, while also working in a veterinarian clinic that specialized in treating horses. She signed with Sony Records in 2001, but never released an album.

Joey recorded a solo album, "Strong Enough to Cry," in 2005, which was released in 2008. Joey + Rory gained acclaim by performing on the CMT competition "Can You Duet" in 2008, in which they were third. They soon signed to Sugar Hill Records and released "The Life of a Song" in 2008.

In 2010, they won the Academy of Country Music award for Top New Vocal Duo. They also were nominated this year for a Grammy for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for "If I Needed You" and the upcoming ACM award for Vocal Duo.

The couple released eight albums, including "Hymns That Are Important to Us" that came out in February.

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Hymns That Are Important To Us CD review - Hymns That Are Important To Us
There have been many artists throughout the year who've tried their hand at offering up songs for the faithful, mining their past for the hymns of old. Yet. it's the rare few who've delivered the emotional punch that Joey + Rory manage. With Joey Feek battling the final stages of cancer and choosing to forego treatment, the couple took advantage of Joey's good days to head into the studio to craft this collection of time-honored hymns that resonates with deep emotion. »»»
Country Classics: A Tapestry Of Our Musical Heritage CD review - Country Classics: A Tapestry Of Our Musical Heritage
With their dedication to traditional country sounds, you may be a little surprised by Joey + Rory's song choices on the covers album, "Country Classics: A Tapestry Of Our Musical Heritage." There isn't a George Jones or Merle Haggard tune in the bunch! Although all these songs are fine ones, many of them were also big hits. For instance, the pair sing Crystal Gayle's big hit, "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue," as well as John Denver's "Back Home Again. »»»
Joey+Rory - His & Hers CD review - Joey+Rory  - His & Hers
On their third release, "His and Hers," husband and wife duo Joey and Rory practice their marital vows quite literally. The couple split the vocal duties right down the middle, alternating lead on each of the 12 tracks. It was a conscious decision to give listeners a feel for each of their voices. The duo is best known for finishing third on CMT's 2008 show Can You Duet and for their single, Cheater Cheater. The opener Josephine is an emotional letter from a Civil War soldier »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Rising Appalachia buck the mainsteam, and that's fine with them – Rising Appalachia would not be accused of being in the musical mainstream. Not too many bands who combine folk and Appalachian sounds with new world music could possibly be. And that suits the sister-led duo of Chloe Smith and Leah Song just fine. In fact, at one point, Chloe made it clear she did not embrace radio play as a sign of success... »»»
Concert Review: Bingham plays with something to prove – Ryan Bingham mainly focused on songs from his sixth album "American Love Song," for this lively show. Backed by a supportive band that also included two female backup singers and a fiddler, Bingham's eclectic setlist touched upon country, singer/songwriter folk, rock and blues. Bingham reached for lively country sounds early on, with... »»»
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