Today, we remember and celebrate the great Joey Feek, one of Country’s awesome bluegrass singers and inspirational artists.

Joey Feek

Image taken from the Joey Feek Facebook community page

Joey Feek was part of the country duo Joey + Rory, they were also husband and wife. Joey was the lead singer while her husband did most of the background singing and mainly played the guitar. The power couple started rising to fame during their participation in 2008’s ‘Can You Duet,’ a CMT produced competition.

Joey Feek: Her Beginnings and Rise to Fame

Joey Feek was born on September 7, 1975, in Alexandria, Indiana. It is a small town with a lot of farm and factory. She comes from a big family having four siblings and her dad, Jack, and mom, June. Music came very early in her life as both her parents were musically inclined. Her dad played the guitar and her mom was a gospel singer.

She was raised in a simple farming community, truly a country life. She grew up around horses and cattle, during this time she developed an appreciation for country music. Her first performance was at a talent show during her first grade, she sang “Coat of Many Colors” by the Queen of Country, Dolly Parton, while her dad played the guitar.

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via Dolly Parton”s Official Facebook Page

Some of her idols and inspirations are Dolly Parton, Loretta, and Patty. She was inspired to start a career because of them.

After high school, Joey worked as an assistant to a horse veterinarian, all the while singing around Madison country. This went on for the next three years of her life.

During the late 1990s, Joey moved to Nashville in hopes of having more chances there. She was able to land a deal with Sony Records in 2000, unfortunately, the first two albums she recorded were shelved for some reason.

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Image lifted from the Joey Feek Facebook community page

She married Rory back in 2002, and in 2008 the couple auditioned and passed for the show ‘Can You Duet’. The show helped both of them jumpstart their career. They were a favorite in the show and won the 3rd place spot in the finals.

The show gave the couple a lot of publicity, later they released their album ‘The Life of a Song’ with their hit “Cheater, Cheater.” The couple continued to have more successes in their career.

Unfortunately, Joey was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2014, she fought it and received a lot of aggressive treatment. Sadly, she succumbed to her sickness and died of cervical cancer on March 4, 2016. She lives behind a legacy of beautiful songs and an equally beautiful daughter.

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Image lifted from the Joey Feek Facebook community page