Joey and Rory Share Moving Video for ‘Softly and Tenderly’ [Watch]
Joey and Rory Feek are staying strong in their faith, despite going through some very tough times recently. The duo are in Atlanta while Joey undergoes chemotherapy, but they're still pressing forward with a new recording project that is dear to her heart.
Joey was recently diagnosed with Stage IV cervical cancer, just a year after undergoing surgery in her first cancer battle. She had surgery again in July, and she is currently undergoing intensive and very draining chemo and radiation.
"My wife Joey still has a song to sing," Rory writes in his blog, This Life I Live. "In fact, she has lots of songs that she wants to sing in the future. It’s part of what gives her the strength to push on through all the nausea and pain that she’s been experiencing as she goes through cancer treatment."
While she was resting at home between her surgery and the current treatments, the couple began working on a new album that reflects their shared Christian faith.
"It’s a record that Joey has always wanted to do … an album of nothing but old traditional hymns," Rory continues. "Since this is a project that has been a dream of hers to do since she was very young, I let her choose all the songs. Most of the ones she chose I knew fairly well, and some I’m still getting familiar with. Songs like … “It Is Well With My Soul”, “Old Rugged Cross”, “I Surrender All”, “How Great Thou Art”, “He Touched Me” and a many others."
Joey believes so strongly in the project that she is continuing to work on it between rounds of treatment.
"We’ve been staying in a hotel a block or so from Cancer Treatment Center, and when Joey finishes her chemo and radiation treatments each day at the hospital, she’s been coming back to the room and recording her vocals for this new album," her husband writes. "Since we aren’t home and won’t be home much in the next month or so, we set up a small microphone here in the hotel room and in between treatments and taking care of little Indy, Joey’s been singing the songs that mean the most to her."
Those songs include "Softly and Tenderly," and Rory shared the video above of his wife valiantly recording her vocals with a makeshift setup in their hotel room. The clip includes an adorable appearance from their daughter, Indiana, who is with the couple as they go through this challenge as a family.
According to Rory, the couple will travel back to their home in Tennessee for two sold-out farm concerts this weekend, and they will also tape a TV special for the upcoming hymns album at their private concert hall.
"It’s a lot for us to do, especially since Joey’s in the middle of chemo and radiation right now, and she doesn’t feel well," he admits, "but this record is important to her, and she wants to do the taping before the next round of chemo takes her hair and most of her energy away."
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