AP via Rare Country
February is a bittersweet month for husband-wife duo Joey and Rory Feek. Joey has repeatedly defied the odds throughout her cancer battle. Her doctors in Indiana didn’t expect her to live until Thanksgiving, but the Lord saw fit to allow Joey to see February…a month of big events for the couple.
Yesterday (February 12), Joey’s hymns project was released. Hymns That Are Important To Us is a collection of songs that Joey grew up with and songs that have brought her comfort in recent months. Joey recorded the album in hotel rooms in between cancer treatments last fall and wasn’t sure if she would ever see it released.
In addition to Valentine’s Day and their daughter’s second birthday, Joey has also been praying that she would live to see the Grammy Awards on Monday (February 15). The duo is up for their first Grammy for Best Duo/Group Country Performance for their Townes Van Zandt cover of “If I Needed You.” Rory warned after the nominations were announced that we shouldn’t be surprised to see him and Joey sitting in the audience holding hands during the award show, but that isn’t to be.
Instead, the couple’s adult daughters, Heidi and Hopie, will be attending the night’s events with Rory’s cousin and the couple’s manager, Aaron Carnahan.
“Joey tried to talk me into going with them … many, many times,” says Rory. “She even had a Southwest ticket purchased for me that I cancelled. I can’t leave her. I won’t. I have done many foolish things and made lots of mistakes in my life, but this isn’t going to be one of them.”
Heidi and Hopie are going prepared to accept the award on behalf of the couple, should they win.
“The girls have asked me to write something for them to read… just in case. I told them not to worry about it, but they insist. I can’t imagine our names being called. But then again, Joey and I also couldn’t have imagined us being where we are at all… the good parts or the bad,” Rory wrote on his blog.
“So I will write something. And when she’s awake, I will run what I’ve written by Joey like I do all these blog posts. And she will say, ‘It’s beautiful honey,’ and then gently point out the words I’ve misspelled and let me know if I’ve left off something important, or am coming across sounding arrogant or insincere. She’s so smart and good. I might have the words that bring characters to life. But my wife has the character that brings my words to life.”
Joey+Rory are up against “Girl Crush” (Little Big Town), “Driver” (Charles Kelley, Dierks Bentley, Eric Paslay), “Lonely Tonight” (Blake Shelton, Ashley Monroe), “Stay A Little Longer” (Brothers Osborne).
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