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Joey Feek Talks New Album: ‘These Songs Have Given Me Such Strength’

Joey and Rory Feek
Joey and Rory Feek

Joey Feek is a firm believer in the healing power of music, even as she faces the last days of her life.

The terminally ill singer, who is one-half of the country duo Joey + Rory (with husband Rory), said in a recent press release that working on the pair’s final album, Hymns That Are Important to Us, has given her renewed strength.

“A lot has taken place in a year’s time, but through it all, these songs have given me such strength,” she said, according to Taste of Country. “They’ve given me such hope, and they give me something to look forward to. I think that a lot of times, when we don’t know what to say … you don’t know what to pray … you don’t know how to even begin … I think that’s, for me, where these hymns have come into play so much.”

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Joey was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2014 and announced her decision to stop chemotherapy treatment in October after the cancer returned and spread to her colon.

Since then, her loving husband has been detailing the couple’s home life with 23-month-old daughter Indiana via a series of posts on his blog, This Life I Live, as well as on Facebook. Joey is spending her remaining days in hospice care in her hometown of Alexandria, Indiana, where she is surrounded by family and friends.

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The couple’s new album, which is set for a February 12 release, will reflect the ups and downs of Joey’s cancer diagnosis. A number of the sessions were recorded in hotel rooms between Joey's cancer treatments.

“It was early in the spring when we started talking about the record,” Rory said in the release. “We began recording it in a studio in Nashville early in the summer, just after recovering from her first big surgery in Chicago. She championed it … and even with all she’s gone through, there might have been a few things that changed, but that record was not gonna stop.”