Country duo Joey + Rory will release a new album this year, as Joey remains in hospice care for cervical cancer. Rory Feek announced the record on his blog This Life I Live Monday, saying Hymns That Are Important to Us is “Joey’s album.”
“The one she’s always wanted to make – filled with the hymns she grew up with,” Joey’s husband wrote. “We recorded it in a studio in Nashville early in the summer – just after recovering from her first big surgery in Chicago.”
He added that Joey’s vocals were done “wherever and whenever she felt up to singing,” anywhere from home to hotel rooms. Rory has been putting the finishing touches on Hymns, which included a stop at Bill Gaither’s studio in Joey’s Indiana hometown.
Rory promises the album will be “special.” “This record means so much to her,” he wrote. “It is the songs that are the most important to her.” A portion of Hymns’ sales will go to the Loeys-Dietz Syndrome Foundation.
Joey entered hospice care following a year and a half year battle with stage-four cancer. The 40-year-old singer had undergone chemotherapy, which she stopped in October.
Hymns That Are Important to Us drops Feb. 14, 2016.