LAUREN JO BLACK • Sounds Like Nashville
Joey + Rory are celebrating a huge career milestone this week.
The duo earned their first-ever No.1 album on Billboard’s Top Country Albums and Top Christian Albums charts with their new inspirational release, Hymns. The album moved 68,000 units (70,000 including streaming and track equivalent albums), which also gave them their first Top 10 album on the Billboard 200 and their best sales week ever.
In a recent blog post, Rory shared what the album sales mean to their family. “Our manager Aaron called us yesterday morning and told us that lots of folks have been buying our new Hymns album and that stores across the country have had a hard time keeping them in stock since they went on sale earlier this week. I put it on speaker phone so Joey could listen and hear the wonderful news and say hi to Aaron. When we hung up, Joey and I sat there holding hands… knowing that in time those sales could turn into some income for our family and that could really help, now that there are no more concerts or income from shows.”
He continued, “We talked about what a blessing it was, and then she looked at me very seriously and said, ‘I need you to do something for me…’ I told her I would be glad to. Then with all the sincerity in the world, she said, ‘I need you to be generous… God has blessed us so much. We need to bless others.’”
We have no doubt Rory will fulfill his wife’s request.
It’s been quite the month for the Feeks so far. After an “incredible Valentine’s Day evening,” the couple celebrated their GRAMMY nomination a day later. That same week, they hosted a party to celebrate their daughter’s second birthday.
“Thank you Lord that we were able to all be together for this special day, for this special week,” Rory wrote after Indiana’s birthday party. “Thank you, thank you, thank you.”
Album Review: Joey + Rory’s ‘Hymns That Are Important To Us’
CHUCK DAUPHIN • Sounds Like Nashville
The story of Rory and Joey Feek has gotten a lot of press of late. The world continues to follow the couple’s love story, as well as her valiant fight against cancer. It’s heartbreaking, but yet at the same time it’s also been inspirational to watch.
At the same time that the couple found out that the cancer had returned, they ventured into the recording studio to cut a project that has always been near to their heart – their first ever album of Gospel standards. It’s a natural fit, because more than just about any other musical act, the Feeks have lived their faith through their music and their actions. Songs like “That’s Important To Me” and the touching “When I’m Gone” show that focus has always been there.
With this album, the couple returns to the music of Joey’s youth – the songs she heard in Church growing up in Indiana. Classics like “Take My Hand, Precious Lord” and “I’ll Fly Away” brim with a touching reflection of their faith that will no doubt warm even the hardest heart. And….if you have any part of you that believes in a higher power, their performance of “It Is Well With My Soul” will render you speechless. In spite of everything they are going through, to still have that fire to proclaim a wish for God’s will is a trait to be admired. Beautiful simply doesn’t do it justice.
If it’s God’s will…..yes, I am a believer, this will not be the last time we hear these two song together. In either case, this is an album that will make you the better simply by listening to it – and that’s a rare trait these days!