Almost exactly one year ago, Joey Feek would release what would become her final album.
Joey, one half of the husband-wife duo of Joey + Rory, died on March 4, 2016, after a courageous cancer battle. During the final months of her fight, Joey recorded the album, Hymns That Are Important To Us, in hotel rooms in between chemotherapy treatments.
"Sometimes in the evenings I would get out a microphone, and my wife sang the vocals in our hotel room because she wanted to see this record happen," Rory recalled last year. "She did her vocals where she could – in hotel rooms, at our house, wherever and whenever she felt up to singing."
Prior to her death, Joey told Taste of Country that the Hymns album gave her strength when she needed it most.
“They’ve given me such hope, and they give me something to look forward to. I think that a lot of times, when we don’t know what to say … you don’t know what to pray … you don’t know how to even begin … I think that’s, for me, where these hymns have come into play so much.”
Hymns That Are Important To Us would not only become the duo's best-selling album, but would also earn them their first Grammy Award.
During an emotional speech prior to the televised portion of the Grammy Award show, Rory Feek accepted the award for his late wife's labor of love as the duo was awarded the award for best roots gospel album for "Hymns."
Rory made the audience both laugh and cry with his touching speech.
"My wife's dream was to make a hymns album. She didn't have a chance to do it until she was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer, "Rory recalled. "We sat together in the final days and watched this award ceremony last year. She said, 'If we get nominated, promise me you'll come.' I said, 'I will.' She got a big smile on her face and said 'Remember, if we win I'll know before you will.'"
Watch Rory's Grammy acceptance speech below, and join us in congratulating Joey + Rory on their well-deserved win.
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