Joey Feek's Solo Debut, If Not For You, Offers Insight Into Country Singer's Life Posted: Friday April 7th, 2017
Recorded in 2005 and produced by her husband, Rory Feek,
and Bill McDermott, GRAMMY®-winnerJoey Feek's solo debut,If Not For You, is out today through Gaither Music Group/Farmhouse Recordings. The 12-song
collection is also available in a special edition
featuring a 48-page booklet of photos, memories and stories penned by Rory.
Joey Feek is widely known as one-half of country music duoJoey+Rory, who most recently won a GRAMMY® for their Hymns album in February. The couple captured the
hearts of millions over the past few years as Rory chronicled their love
story and Joey's cancer battle on his blog,
This Life I Live
, as well as their preparation for her passing in March 2016. But there's
much more to the story: the couple met in the early 2000s, when Joey was
still an aspiring country singer. They eventually fell in love, married and
recorded Joey's debut album. The collection was released independently in
2005 and was made available at the duo's shows and on their website, years
before they appeared on CMT's "Can You Duet" and began recording as a duo. This marks
the first time the album will be widely available.
"When this album was recorded in 2005, Joey and I were still
newlyweds, or at least we felt like we were. Though we had hopes
for the record at the time, it wasn't meant to be, and so this
collection of music set quietly on a shelf for the last ten years
or so, waiting for the right time to come along, when maybe
somehow, someone would care. A time like now,"
"It is one of the great joys of my life to dust these songs off and
bring life to them again. Not just the songs, but also the stories
and the life of the special woman that these songs represent."
The songs on If Not For You and the lyrics speak volumes about the
woman whose life touched the hearts of millions. As Rory explains in the
booklet, the album is filled with songs that showcase the things that were
most important to Joey. Starting with "Have I Told You Lately That I Love You," the song that
brought Joey and Rory together, the album begins with a cameo from Joey's
mother and father and closes with Joey and Rory's oldest daughter,Heidi,singing harmony on "Old Paint," which
featured earlier this week.
Rolling Stone Country
premiered "Nothing To Remember," the first song Joey and
Rory wrote together in an early songwriting session in 2001, telling the
story of a couple only able to be together in the short-term but thankful
for the fleeting time they had. Originally called Strong Enough to Cry in 2005, the former title track, which
, expresses Joey and Rory's views on how to make it through difficult
times. Also making an appearance on the album is the original recording of "That's Important to Me," which would later be a charting
single for Joey+Rory; "See You There," a tribute to her late brother,
Justin, that premiered with
; and "Southern Girl," focusing on Joey's love for the
South, which premiered with
Taste of Country
"This recording is, of course, a significant one for us," said Paul Sizelove, vice president of Gaither Music Group. "I
grew up in the same hometown with Joey and watched she and her family love
each other and the people along their paths. We all watched her move to
Nashville to pursue her dreams. Things seemed to come full circle when,
years later, our label was able to join hands with Joey and Rory along
their recording journey. What a blessing it has been to be a part of their
inspiring story. It is an honor to release this recording that captures so
much of her heart and heritage and represents a dream of hers coming true."
After gaining attention as finalists on CMT's "Can You Duet" in 2008,
Joey+Rory went on to release eight albums, winning aGRAMMY® Award for Best Roots Gospel Album for Hymns (Gaither Music
Group/Farmhouse Recordings) in February. Recorded in hotel rooms as Joey
received treatment, the album features songs of faith and was released in
February 2016, a month before Joey passed away at age 40.