On March 4, 2016, the music world lost a beautiful spirit in Joey Feek. This year, Rory Feek remembered his wife and musical partner with a series of pictures on social media.
Rory posted three images, captioned, "Loving you," "Missing you" and "Remembering you." The first shows an intimate moment between the couple, while the second shows her final resting place. The third features a touching moment with Joey, their daughter and step-daughters on a porch swing.
The touching tribute feels both artistic and appropriate for the still-grieving family. Joey Feek suffered a public battle with stage 4 cervical cancer beginning in 2014, not long after giving birth to the couple's first child. She passed away at age 40.
Rory and their daughter still have much to remember Joey by. For starters, the pair just won their first Grammy. Their album, Hymns That Are Important To Us, was named the Best Roots Gospel Album at the 2017 Grammy Awards.
The project holds a special place in their hearts. Amazingly, Joey recorded her parts while undergoing cancer treatment, often in hotels or wherever she was feeling up to it at the time.
More posthumous projects should come later this year. That includes the release of Joey Feek's first ever solo album, which never saw the light of day. Rory also promises a collection of photos and memories alongside the album.
Joey and Rory met in 2008 on the television show Can You Duet? They finished third in the competition and decided to launch their own artist career as Joey + Rory. They released eight albums and charted three singles.
The aforementioned Grammy-winning hymns album became the duo's best seller by far. The album topped the U.S. country chart at landed at No. 4 on the U.S. albums chart overall. The record sold more than 500,000 copies to date, earning it gold status from the RIAA and making it one of the best-selling country albums of 2016.