It took all the strength that Joey had to get up each day to create her dream album of Gospel Hymns, but it has paid off, as Billboard has announced the album is projected to be number one with sales of 65,000 to date. One of the outlets for the album is Cracker Barrel, and Rory made some comments about their association with the restaurant.
In a press statement in Business Wire, Rory Feek said that Joey and he felt blessed to partner with Cracker Barrel for the deluxe package of their new hymns album. Feek also mentioned that such songs of faith and hope meant so much to them and to have them wrapped within intimate stories and photos from their lives was a dream come true.
According to Feek, he and Joey were both big fans of the restaurant and their family had held hands and had said blessings over many meals there throughout the years. The musician added that “Hymns That Are Important To Us” featured 13 tracks, which captured the words and melodies that had been the soundtrack to Joey’s childhood.
For Feek, the album was one Joey had always wanted to make, filling her with the hymns she had grown up with.
In the same interview, Senior Marketing Manager Julie Ulmer also said that Joey and Rory had been a part of the Cracker Barrel family for many years, playing at their Home Office and releasing their sixth studio album in their stores in 2014.
Ulmer added that when the duo had approached them about partnering on the album, they had been honored to have the opportunity to support the project and share their music again, while also giving to a charity they cared so deeply about.
The “Hymns That Are Important To Us” full-track list includes “Take My Hand, Precious Lord,” “I Surrender All,” “He Touched Me,” “Softly and Tenderly,” “Jesus Loved Me,” “It Is Well With My Soul,” “The Old Rugged Cross,” “I Need Thee Every Hour,” “How Great Thou Art,” “I’ll Fly Away,” “Jesus Paid It All,” “Suppertime,” and “When I’m Gone.”
Rory and Joey chose to support the Loeys-Dietz Syndrome Foundation and give a dollar from each sale of their deluxe edition CD package. According to Taste of Country, they had chosen the organization, since their daughter’s best friend suffers from the disease.