was born in Alexandria, Indiana, and made her first public singing appearance at the age of six, when she performed Dolly Parton
's "Coat of Many Colors" at a first-grade talent show. She moved to Nashville in 1998, signed to Sony Records
in 2000, and recorded a debut album with producers Paul Worley and Billy Crain
. Changes in the label's infrastructure led to the album being shelved, however. She recorded a second album, Strong Enough to Cry, in 2004, but that too was never officially released, although it did become available as a download in 2007.
The spotlight finally found Joey + Rory in 2008, when the two auditioned for the Can You Duet show at the request of a mutual friend. After the show wrapped up, the pair signed a record deal with Sugar Hill Records
and released a debut album, The Life of a Song, that same year. Rory also released a digital solo album, My Ol' Man, but The Life of a Song proved to be the bigger release, cracking the country Top Ten and earning the duo three nominations (and one win) from the 2010 Academy of Country Music Awards. A follow-up album, simply called Album Number Two, was also released in 2010 and hit the Top Ten of country. A Farmhouse Christmas arrived in time for the holidays in 2011, while His and Hers appeared at the end of the summer in 2012 on Sugar Hill
. The couple's first gospel album, 2013's Inspired: Songs of Faith & Family, included new songs as well as covers of gospel classics. It was followed later the same year by the country album Made to Last. A cover album, Country Classics: A Tapestry of Our Musical Heritage, came in 2014.
Sadly, in 2015, Joey Feek
revealed that a prior occurrence of cervical cancer had returned and spread, and that October, the couple announced that it was terminal. She entered hospice care a month later. Joey + Rory continued with plans to release another religious album; Hymns That Are Important to Us arrived in February 2016. The following month, Joey Feek
died at the age of 40. ~ Steve Leggett, Rovi