Dolly Parton has teamed up with singer Rory Feek for a heartbreaking and emotional new song. “One Angel” honors Feek’s late wife Joey. Joey passed away in 2016 following a battle with cervical cancer. In addition to being married, the two were duet partners. And Feek has been dealing with his grief since her passing.
Parton and Feek weave together a song about heartbreak, mourning, and living after losing a loved one. The tune is a powerful look at the bonds of love stretching from beyond even the grave. Parton’s voice weaves throughout the song. But this is really Feek’s showcase, and the singer demonstrates a raw quiver to the lyrics.
Lyrics include: “So here’s three fingers of tequila / One finger for the cancer / One finger for the poison they sent pouring through your veins/ One finger for the preacher / ‘Cause I don’t believe the Jesus / That you love so much would put you through such pain.”
Sandy Emory Lawrence wrote the song for Feek. She was close to the couple and watched as Joey fought for her life against cancer. The tune is a part of Feek’s upcoming “Gentle Man” album. It will sadly be Feek’s first-ever solo project. Previously, he performed with his wife under the group Joey + Rory.
Dolly Parton on the New Song
Rory Feek asked Dolly Parton to be a part of the song. Parton was a friend to the couple, and she also inspired Joey to pursue music. As a kid, Joey performed a rendition of one of Parton’s songs for her school.
“Her very first performance at Cunningham Elementary School back home in Indiana was ‘Coat of Many Colors.’ She wanted to be Dolly … to be LIKE Dolly,” Feek said “And so after high school, Joey packed her things in a horse trailer and moved to Nashville to make her mark in country music the way Dolly did.”
Parton knew that Joey was a huge fan of hers. When she was battling cancer, Parton sent Joey a taped video message expressing how much she appreciated Joey covering her music. She also said that she was praying that the singer would recover. Parton told Taste of Country she feels honored to be a part of the song.
“I’m sorry that you’re not feeling good, but I know we have something in common: We both believe in a higher power. We believe that through God, all things are possible,” Parton told her. “So you keep praying, and I’ll keep praying for you. And I just think that you’re wonderful, and I know that God’s proud of you. So I wanted to take the chance to say thank you for loving me, and I’ll be loving you.”