Saturday, March 5, 2016
– Joey Feek, one-half of the duo of Joey + Rory, died Friday at 40 of cancer.
Her fight against cancer was well-pubilcized thanks in large part to a blog kept by her husband, Rory.
The duo were best known for the song "Cheater Cheater" and also recorded religious music as well.
"My wife's greatest dream came true today. She is in Heaven," Rory Feek wrote on Friday.
"The cancer is gone, the pain has ceased and all her tears are dry. Joey is in the arms of her beloved brother Justin and using her pretty voice to sing for her savior."
"At 2:30 this afternoon, as we were gathered around her, holding hands and praying.. my precious bride breathed her last. And a moment later took her first breath on the other side."
In June 2014, Joey was diagnosed with cervical cancer shortly after the birth of the couple's daughter, Indiana, who was born with Down syndrome. In 2015, Joey announced that the cancer had returned and spread to her colon. In October, Rory said in a blog post that Joey's cancer was terminal, and they were stopping all treatment.
Joey was born in Alexandria, Va., one of five children. She was a big fan of Dolly Parton growing up. She moved to Tennessee in 1998, going to songwriters' nights, while also working in a veterinarian clinic that specialized in treating horses. She signed with Sony Records in 2001, but never released an album.
Joey recorded a solo album, "Strong Enough to Cry," in 2005, which was released in 2008. Joey + Rory gained acclaim by performing on the CMT competition "Can You Duet" in 2008, in which they were third. They soon signed to Sugar Hill Records and released "The Life of a Song" in 2008.
In 2010, they won the Academy of Country Music award for Top New Vocal Duo. They also were nominated this year for a Grammy for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for "If I Needed You" and the upcoming ACM award for Vocal Duo.
The couple released eight albums, including "Hymns That Are Important to Us" that came out in February.