Joey + Rory

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Joey + Rory
Joeyandrory.jpg
Joey Martin Feek (left) and Rory Lee Feek (center) being interviewed by Allison DeMarcus.
Background information
Genres Country, bluegrass, Christian country
Years active 2008–16
Labels
Website www.joeyandrory.com
Past members

Joey + Rory was an American country and bluegrass duo composed of singer-songwriters Rory Lee Feek (born April 25, 1965) and Joey Martin Feek (September 9, 1975 – March 4, 2016), who were husband and wife. Both members of the duo were vocalists and songwriters, with Rory also playing acoustic guitar. Rory Lee Feek had written singles for other artists prior to the duo's foundation. The duo was the third-place finalist on CMT's competition Can You Duet in 2008. The duo recorded eight studio albums for Vanguard Records and Farmhouse Recordings and charted three singles on Hot Country Songs.

History[edit]

Before the duo's foundation, Rory Lee Feek worked as a songwriter in Nashville, Tennessee, and continued to work as a songwriter as a member of Joey + Rory. Songs he wrote for other artists include Clay Walker's Top Five hit "The Chain of Love", Blake Shelton's Number One hit "Some Beach", Easton Corbin's "A Little More Country Than That", Blaine Larsen's 2005 hit, "How Do You Get That Lonely", and Jimmy Wayne's 2008 single "I Will". Rory also founded the independent label Giantslayer Records in 2004, on which Joey recorded a solo album entitled Strong Enough to Cry in 2005. This album was released in CD format and digital download in 2008.[1] Rory also recorded a solo album on Giantslayer Records, titled My Ol' Man, which he made available only as a download.

Joey + Rory performed on the CMT competition Can You Duet in 2008, in which they were third-place finalists. Shortly after the competition, they were signed to the independent label Sugar Hill Records. They returned to the Can You Duet stage to perform "Cheater, Cheater" on "Original Song Night" for the series' second season, which aired on July 25, 2009.[2]

2008–2009: The Life of a Song[edit]

The duo's debut album, The Life of a Song, was released on October 28, 2008 on Sugar Hill Records.[3] The album debuted at No. 10 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, and No. 61 on the all-genre Billboard 200. Its lead-off single, "Cheater, Cheater", was originally recorded by the duo Bomshel. Kristy Osmonson, one-half of that duo, co-wrote the song with the Feeks and Wynn Varble. Bomshel's version was released as a single in early 2008, although it did not chart. Joey + Rory's version was released in September 2008, featuring a music video that included a cameo from Naomi Judd, who had been a judge on Can You Duet.[4] Joey + Rory's version peaked at No. 30 on the country music charts in early 2009. The duo has also appeared in television commercials for the online retailer Overstock.com.[5] In February 2009, the duo was nominated for the Academy of Country Music Awards Top Vocal Duo.[6] Although a cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Free Bird" was originally to have been released as the second single, it was withdrawn after two weeks, and replaced in March 2009 with "Play the Song", which failed to chart. The album's third single, "To Say Goodbye", was released to radio on July 27, 2009, debuting at number 54 as Billboard Magazine's "Hot Shot Debut" on the "Hot Country Songs" chart. [7]

Joey + Rory released their first holiday single, the Carl Jackson-produced "It's Christmas Time," on November 16, 2009 to country radio and November 24, 2009 to digital retailers.[8] The single was released in partnership with CMT One Country, which donated a portion of proceeds from the single to various charities (including The Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee).[8] Additionally, Rory Feek, along with Tim Johnson, created the Song Trust, under which an album of Christmas songs performed by children, titled Merry Kidsmas, was released.[9]

2010–2011: Album Number Two[edit]

Joey + Rory (2010)

Joey + Rory announced on October 15, 2009, that they were in the studio working on the follow-up album to The Life of a Song. The album, titled Album Number Two, was announced in January 2010 and released on September 14, 2010. The lead-off single, "This Song's for You", was released to radio in July 2010; originally "That's Important to Me" had been chosen, but the single choice was changed. The music video for "This Song's for You" was directed by Darren Doane and was released in August 2010. "That's Important to Me" was released as the album's second single in October 2010. It debuted at number 58 on the Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending February 12, 2011.

On March 16, 2010, it was announced that the duo were the winners of the 2010 Academy of Country Music Award for Top New Vocal Duo, and would compete alongside Luke Bryan and Gloriana for the Top New Artist award.[10] Joey + Rory performed new songs from their upcoming album, were interviewed, and received their award on the GAC special "ACM Top New Artists" on April 1, 2010.[10]

2011–2012: A Farmhouse Christmas and His and Hers[edit]

On August 29, 2011, Joey + Rory released a new single, titled "Headache," to country radio, though it failed to chart and was not included on an album. Joey + Rory released their first Christmas album, A Farmhouse Christmas, on October 11, 2011.[11]

Joey + Rory's third studio album, His and Hers, was released on July 31, 2012. "When I'm Gone" and "Josephine" served as the album's first two singles and were simultaneously released to radio before the album,[12] though neither charted. In late 2015, due to a spike in sales for "When I'm Gone" after the video was featured in some press about Joey + Rory, it managed to enter the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart at number 21.

2013–2016: Final recordings[edit]

Joey + Rory announced on the red carpet of the ACM Awards that the duo had recorded their first album of gospel music. Joey Martin told Billboard that "It's kind of an inspirational album, of old gospel songs that I grew up singing and listening to my mom sing.... It’s an album I’ve wanted to do for a long, long time."[13] The album, Inspired: Songs of Faith & Family, was released on July 16, 2013 via Gaither Music Group. It debuted at number 166 on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 3,000, while also peaking at number 31 on the Top Country Albums chart and at number 6 on the Top Christian Albums chart.[14]

After the release of their Gospel album, Joey + Rory announced that they would be releasing their fifth studio album, Made to Last, in late 2013 via their own Farmhouse Recordings record label (their first self-released project). Made to Last was released on October 8, 2013 and debuted at No. 44 on the Top Country Albums chart. Their sixth studio album, Country Classics: A Tapestry of Our Musical Heritage, was released exclusively to Cracker Barrel in May 2014, with a wide release following on October 14, 2014. Their second project on Gaither Music Group, the record consists of cover versions of classic country songs.[15] In October 2015, after Joey's terminal cancer diagnosis, the duo cancelled all future concert appearances.

Hymns That Are Important to Us, the duo's seventh and final studio album, was released on February 12, 2016 via Gaither Music Group.[16] The set, which was a "dream project" for Joey Feek, consists of twelve covers of Christian hymns, plus a reprise of "When I'm Gone," which was first featured on the duo's His and Hers album in 2012. Some proceeds of the album's deluxe edition will go towards the Loeys-Dietz Syndrome Foundation, a charity selected by Joey Feek in honor of her daughter's friend who has Loeys-Dietz syndrome. Hymns That Are Important to Us debuted at the top of the Billboard Top Country Albums and Top Christian Albums charts, with first week sales of 68,000 copies, making it their highest-charting release and the duo's best sales week ever.[17]

Rory Feek wrote and produced a film, Josephine, which was set in the American Civil War and included the couple's song of the same name. Joey died during the filming, on March 4, 2016. She was 40.[18][19] The film later debuted at the Nashville Film Festival.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions Sales
US Country
[20]
US
[21]
US
Indie

[22]
US
Christ

[23]
CAN
[24]
The Life of a Song 10 61
Album Number Two
  • Release date: September 14, 2010
  • Label: Vanguard/Sugar Hill Records
  • Formats: CD, vinyl LP, music download
9 60 11
His and Hers
  • Release date: July 31, 2012
  • Label: Vanguard/Sugar Hill Records
  • Formats: CD, music download
24 112 19
Inspired: Songs of Faith & Family
  • Release date: July 16, 2013
  • Label: Gaither Music Group
  • Formats: CD, music download
27 126 6
Made to Last
  • Release date: October 8, 2013
  • Label: Farmhouse Recordings
  • Formats: CD, vinyl LP, music download
44
Country Classics: A Tapestry of Our Musical Heritage
  • Release date: May 2014 (Cracker Barrel)
    October 27, 2014 (wide release)
  • Label: Gaither Music Group
  • Formats: CD, music download
13 199
Hymns That Are Important to Us
  • Release date: February 12, 2016
  • Label: Gaither Music Group
  • Formats: CD, music download
1 4 1 40
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Holiday albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart
positions
US Country
[20]
US Holiday
[28]
A Farmhouse Christmas
  • Release date: October 11, 2011
  • Label: Vanguard/Sugar Hill Records
  • Formats: CD, music download
59 24

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart
positions
Sales
US Country
[20]
US
[21]
The Album Collection
  • Release date: April 1, 2016
  • Label: Vanguard/Sugar Hill Records
  • Formats: CD, music download
10 192

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak positions Sales Album
US Country
[30]
US Bubbling
[31]
2008 "Cheater, Cheater" 30 23 The Life of a Song
2009 "Play the Song"
"To Say Goodbye"
2010 "This Song's for You" (with Zac Brown Band) Album Number Two
"That's Important to Me" 51
2011 "Headache" N/A
2012 "When I'm Gone" 21 10 His and Hers
"Josephine"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2008 "Cheater, Cheater"[34] Peter Zavadil
2009 "Play the Song"[35]
"It's Christmas Time"[36] Rory Feek
2010 "This Song's for You" (with Zac Brown Band)[37] Darren Doane
"That's Important to Me"[38] Alan Bunting
2011 "Headache"[39] Bryan Allen
"Let It Snow (Somewhere Else)"[40] Rory Feek
2012 "When I'm Gone"[41]
"Josephine"[42] Gabe McCauley
2013 "Gotta Go Back" (with Josh Turner)[43] Rory Feek/Gabe McCauley

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Result
2009 Academy of Country Music Awards Top Vocal Duo[44] Nominated
Country Music Association Awards Vocal Duo of the Year[45] Nominated
2010 Academy of Country Music Awards Top New Vocal Duo of the Year[46] Won
Top Vocal Duo of the Year[46] Nominated
Top New Artist[46] Nominated
Country Music Association Awards Vocal Duo of the Year[47] Nominated
2011 Academy of Country Music Awards Top Vocal Duo of the Year[48] Nominated
Inspirational Country Music Awards Vocal Duo[49] Won
Mainstream Inspirational Country Song – "That's Important to Me"[49] Nominated
Mainstream Country Artist[49] Nominated
2016 Grammy Awards Best Country Duo/Group Performance – "If I Needed You" Nominated
Academy of Country Music Awards Vocal Duo of the Year Nominated

Can You Duet performances[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Strong Enough To Cry". Archived from the original on April 21, 2008. Retrieved August 23, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Can You Duet 206 "Original Song Night" – 3". CMT. Retrieved 16 November 2015. 
  3. ^ "Artists: Biography - Joey & Rory". Archived from the original on September 15, 2008. Retrieved August 23, 2008. 
  4. ^ "Joey + Rory – Cheater Cheater – Music Video – CMT". CMT. Retrieved 16 November 2015. 
  5. ^ Parton, Chris (2008-09-15). "Joey & Rory Will Be Back on TV". CMT. Retrieved 2008-10-22. 
  6. ^ Gilbert, Calvin (2009-02-11). "Brad Paisley, Heidi Newfield Top List of ACM Nominees". CMT. Retrieved 2009-02-11. 
  7. ^ Billboard Magazine, July 27, 2009
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  10. ^ a b "Luke Bryan, Gloriana, Joey + Rory Win ACM Awards, Move To Next Round". MusicRow – Nashville's Music Industry Publication – News, Songs From Music City. Retrieved 16 November 2015. 
  11. ^ "Joey + Rory To Release Christmas Album in 2011". Roughstock. Retrieved July 26, 2011. 
  12. ^ Wyland, Sarah (May 31, 2012). "Joey + Rory to Release His and Hers July 31". Great American Country. Retrieved June 1, 2012. 
  13. ^ Brandle, Lars (April 9, 2013). "Joey + Rory Finish New Gospel Album". Billboard. Retrieved April 11, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Country Album Chart News: The Week of July 24, 2013: Travis Tritt, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton, Hunter Hayes, Mud Digger 4". Archived from the original on October 5, 2013. Retrieved July 25, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Country Classics: A Tapestry of Our Musical Heritage". AllMusic. Retrieved 16 November 2015. 
  16. ^ Stefano, Angela (January 12, 2016). "Joey + Rory Announce ‘Hymns That Are Important to Us’ Deluxe Edition". The Boot. Retrieved January 13, 2016. 
  17. ^ Jim Asker (February 23, 2016). "Joey + Rory's Bittersweet 'Hymns' Debuts at No. 1 on Top Country Albums Chart". Billboard.com. Retrieved February 23, 2016. 
  18. ^ "Rory Feek's 'Josephine' Brings Civil War Love Story to Theaters". Rolling Stone, By Stephen L. Betts April 18, 2016
  19. ^ http://www.eonline.com/news/714632/joey-feek-dead-at-40-joey-rory-country-singer-remembered-as-loving-mom-after-battling-cervical-cancer
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  21. ^ a b "Joey + Rory Album & Song Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved August 20, 2010. 
  22. ^ "Joey + Rory Album & Song Chart History: Independent Albums". Billboard. Retrieved September 23, 2010. 
  23. ^ "Joey + Rory Album & Song Chart History: Christian Albums". Billboard. Retrieved July 25, 2013. 
  24. ^ "Joey + Rory Album & Song Chart History: Canadian Albums". Billboard. Retrieved February 23, 2016. 
  25. ^ Matt Bjorke (August 6, 2014). "Country Album Sales Report – August 6, 2014". Roughstock. 
  26. ^ Bjorke, Matt (April 11, 2016). "Country Album Sales Chart: April 11, 2016". Roughstock. 
  27. ^ Bjorke, Matt (June 27, 2016). "Top 10 Country Albums: June 27, 2016". Roughstock. Retrieved June 28, 2016. 
  28. ^ "Holiday Albums". Billboard. Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  29. ^ Bjorke, Matt (May 2, 2016). "Country Album Charts: Week Of May 2, 2016". Roughstock. 
  30. ^ "Joey + Rory Album & Song Chart History: Country Songs". Billboard. Retrieved August 20, 2010. 
  31. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2011). Top Pop Singles 1955–2010. Record Research, Inc. p. 459. ISBN 0-89820-188-8. 
  32. ^ a b Bjorke, Matt (March 15, 2016). "Top 30 Digital Singles Report: March 15, 2016". Roughstock. 
  33. ^ Bjorke, Matt (March 20, 2016). "Top 30 Digital Country Singles Chart: March 20, 2016". Roughstock. 
  34. ^ "CMT : Videos : Joey & Rory : Cheater, Cheater". Country Music Television. Retrieved August 20, 2010. 
  35. ^ "CMT : Videos : Joey & Rory : Play the Song". Country Music Television. Retrieved August 20, 2010. 
  36. ^ "CMT : Videos : Joey & Rory : It's Christmas Time". Country Music Television. Retrieved August 20, 2010. 
  37. ^ "CMT : Videos : Joey & Rory : This Song's for You". Country Music Television. Retrieved August 20, 2010. 
  38. ^ "CMT : Videos : Joey & Rory : That's Important to Me". Country Music Television. Retrieved November 13, 2010. 
  39. ^ "CMT : Videos : Joey & Rory : Headache". Country Music Television. Retrieved August 23, 2011. 
  40. ^ "CMT : Videos : Joey + Rory : Let It Snow (Somewhere Else)". Country Music Television. Retrieved November 28, 2011. 
  41. ^ "CMT : Videos : Joey & Rory : When I'm Gone". Country Music Television. Retrieved June 15, 2012. 
  42. ^ "CMT : Videos : Joey + Rory : Josephine". Country Music Television. Retrieved November 14, 2012. 
  43. ^ "Gotta Go Back" – JOEY+RORY with Josh Turner. Vimeo. Retrieved 16 November 2015. 
  44. ^ "2009 ACM Awards Nominees (Complete List)". zimbio.com. Retrieved August 20, 2010. 
  45. ^ "2009 CMA Awards Nominees". acountry.com. Retrieved November 13, 2010. 
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  47. ^ "2010 CMA Awards Nominees – The Boot". The Boot. August 31, 2010. Retrieved November 13, 2010. 
  48. ^ "Academy of Country Music Award nominees". ACM Country. Retrieved February 11, 2011. 
  49. ^ a b c "Carrie Underwood, Justin Moore + More Nominated for 2011 Inspirational Country Awards". Taste of Country. Retrieved September 3, 2011. 

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