The story of Joey Feek and how she died shortly after being diagnosed with cervical cancer is still sad whenever told. A country singer, Joey was best known for being one half of the singing duo Joey + Rory, the other half being her husband Rory Feek.
After years of striving to rise to the top in the music industry, Joey finally made his debut in 2008 after becoming a runner-up in the CMT music game Can You Duet. She left indelible records by winning both an ACM and a Grammy.
Joey Feek Bio/Wiki, Family
Joey Feek (née Marie Martin) was born on September 9, 1975, in Alexandria, Indiana, the third child in a family of 5. She has three sisters named Jody, Julie, Jessie and a younger brother Justin (now late), all born to the same parents Jack and June Martin who were both full-fledged musicians
As a child, Joey followed in her parents’ footsteps and became passionate about singing. With lots of support from his family, especially his father who played guitar, Joey started playing.
At the age of 6, she made her debut at a freshman talent show, she had sung Dolly Parton’s “Coat of Many Colors”. Fast forward to 17 years later, Joey, in 1998, moved to Nashville, Tennessee to actively pursue a career, not as a musician but as a veterinarian, which is understandable when she was growing up. in a farm.
However, her connections to music would connect her to the likes of country star LeAnn Rimes’ father Wilbur, as well as Kix Brooks.
Joey, however, didn’t take any major steps towards becoming a music star, until she met songwriter Rory Feek at Nashville’s Bluebird Café. She married him in 2002 and began singing backup songs Rory had produced.
Subsequently, she landed a recording contract with Sony, and in 2005 recorded her solo album Strong Enough to Cry which unfortunately was not released due to changes in the record company. After his death, the album was renamed If Not For You and released on April 7, 2017, under Farmhouse Recordings.
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Joey’s first taste of fame came in 2008 when she, at the suggestion of a friend, performed on the new CMT musical show “Can You Duet” alongside her husband Rory under the simple name Joey + Rory.
After finishing third, the duo got a recording deal with Sugarhill Vanguard Records who went on to produce 3 of their albums. Joey + Rory won the 2010 Academy of Country Music Award for Best Vocal Duo of the Year and received a nomination for Best New Artist. The following year, they won the Inspirational Country Music Award for Vocal Duo.
Even on his sickbed, Joey was getting nominations. Their 2016 song “If I Needed You” received a Grammy nomination for Best Country Duo/Group Performance.
Before her death, Joey and her husband recorded their last album together, a hymn album, “Hymns That Are Important To Us” which in 2017 won the Grammy Award for Best Roots Gospel Album. The album topped the Billboard Country Albums chart and peaked at number four on the Billboard 200.
Joey Feek’s Brother- Justin Martin
Joey’s tragic death in March 2016 was not the first death recorded by his family. The family lost their only son/brother Justin in a car accident in 1994. After being struck near the family farm in Indiana, the poor 17-year-old boy succumbed to his injuries two days later and was put to rest.
Death, children / daughter
On February 17, 2014, Joey and Rory welcomed their first child, a girl named Indiana Boon Feek. However, days after the child was born, the couple were greeted with the sad news of their daughter’s Down’s syndrome diagnosis. The situation escalated when Joey was also diagnosed with stage 4 cervical cancer.
Less than a year after surgeons declared her cancer clear, Joey fell ill again in June 2015 and doctors told her the cancer had returned.
In late 2015, Joey entered hospicecare and spent the months following his death at his birthplace in Indiana in the care of his family. She took her last breath on March 4, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. and was buried in the Rory family’s Feek Farm Cemetery following a private burial. She was 40 years old.
Joey’s husband, Rory, over the next few days documented his cancer diagnosis on camera and in writing which he shared with fans on his blog. The final piece titled “To Joey, With Love” was released in theaters in September 2017. The documentary was made by a book released in February.
Joey was Rory’s second wife. The Kansas native had two daughters from his former marriage. They are Heidi Feek (born in 1986) and Hopie Feek (born in 1988).
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Her husband Rory Lee Feek, served in the Marines before moving to Nashville in 1995. He was also a writer for Hall of Fame composer Harlan Howard and then Clint Black. He is the owner of the publishing house and label publishing house Giantslayer, founded in 2004.
In addition to singing, Joey co-owned a cafe with her husband’s sister, Macy. Named Marcy Jo’s Mealhouse, it was located in rural Pottsville, Tennessee.