Rory Feek, half of the Grammy-winning country duo Joey + Rory announced Tuesday, June 27, that he will be performing publicly for the first time since late wife Joey passed last year to raise funds for the Music Health Alliance, which is a nonprofit organization helping families, like the Feek’s, in the music industry with insurance and medical bills.
The duo stopped performing when Joey’s cancer relapsed in 2015, although the couple recorded a gospel album in between her chemotherapy. The album, Hymns, won best gospel roots album during the 2017 Grammy Awards. Joey passed on March 4, 2016, at age 40.
Feek said during a press conference for the Music Health Alliance that he had been pondering on whether he was going to perform again to celebrate his wife’s birthday in September. The couple started their careers separately, with Rory pursuing songwriting and Joey trying to make it as a singer, but gained popularity as a duo competing on the Country Music Television singing competition Can You Duet? in 2008.
Rory will perform at a barn across from his home in rural Pottsville, Tennessee, on Sept. 8 and 9, a spot where the two used to perform together. The couple gained national attention through Rory Feek’s blog as he documented their faith and the strength of his wife as they decided to stop her chemotherapy.
“I should get onstage and see what’s there,” Feek proclaimed. “What’s in store? What would I say if I were up there by myself? For me it will be good because I will learn why I am supposed to be there and what the future holds.”
Music Health Alliance is asking that the music community donates 5 percent of their earnings for one day to help assist others with medical needs. Nashville has declared Oct. 20, 2017 as Heal the Music Day. The nonprofit which is based in Nashville, helps those employed in the music industry find doctors, sign up for health insurance and navigate policies. The nonprofit estimates that over 75 percent of the 56,000 people Music City are self-employed or do not have access to group health insurance.
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