It’s been one year since Joey Feek, one-half of the country duo Joey+Rory, passed away due to cancer.
The couple’s barn in south Williamson County, which served as a musical venue in the past, is now filled with music once again.
Rory Feek shared on his blog This is Life I Live that Cross Country Cowboy Church uses the big red barn on their property. On Sunday mornings, you will find Craig Campbell and his wife Mindy leading music.
“The church needed a place to call home and we needed a church to be part of. And so, for a month of Sundays now, our empty building has been filled with 150 people or so. And, Indiana and I just walk across the driveway to church,” said Rory Feek.
“I have to admit, I don’t know a whole lot of folks there yet and they’re still working the kinks out and settling in, but it’s pretty darn special if you ask me. And it isn’t just cowboys and cowgirls that come, its lots of folks who love Jesus and live in the country. And families that live in the city, but feel a strong call to take a step back in time and worship without as many frills as some of today’s churches have.”
Watch the video below of Campbell’s latest hit “Outskirts of Heaven”, featuring Rory Feek and the Cross Country Cowboy Church.
Joey Feek’s solo album debut, If Not For You, will be released on April 7, 2017, through Gaither Music Group/Farmhouse Recordings, including a special edition that features a 48-page booklet of photos, memories and stories penned by Joey, Rory and her family.
Recorded in 2005 and produced by her husband, Rory Feek, and Bill McDermott, the 12-song collection features her original rendition of “That’s Important to Me,” which would later be a charting single by Joey+Rory. Though recorded years before the duo would achieve widespread success, the songs and their lyrics speak volumes about the woman whose life touched the hearts of millions.
“[The album is] filled with songs that spoke to her and, even more, spoke volumes about her. About what’s most important to her. The lyrics of this record made it clear who she was and who she wanted to be,” Rory said in the album’s booklet. “Yes, her voice might have changed a bit in time, but her character was already rock-solid.”
In the past few years, countless people have followed the couple’s journey on Rory’s blog, This Life I Live, as they welcomed their daughter Indiana and Joey battled cancer. Gaining attention as finalists on CMT’s “Can You Duet” in 2008, the duo went on to release eight albums, winning a GRAMMY® Award for Best Roots Gospel Album for Hymns (Gaither Music Group/Farmhouse Recordings) last month. 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.
Rory has also recently shared Indiana’s latest birthday celebration at the farm. As Indiana turns three, she has begun to walk with the help of High Hopes in Franklin. Feek posted a video to show her progress on his Facebook page. So far, the video has been viewed over five million times.