Rory Feek Reveals Plans to Release First Album Since Wife Joey’s Death

by Madison Miller

Rory Feek will be releasing new music in the spring.

The singer is the other half of Joey + Rory. The album will be called “Simple Man” and will feature a new collaboration with Vince Gill. The Feek album will also have an exciting cover of a classic Bob Dylan tune.

Unfortunately, his other half, both in music and in life, Joey Feek, passed away five years ago from cancer. She died from cervical cancer. Since his wife’s death, Rory Feek has said that he didn’t want to release any music without her here.

However, “Simple Man” is proof that Feek still has a lot of music in him to give. The album is set to release on June 18.

Feek got his start in the business when he appeared on “Can You Duet” in 2008 alongside his wife. From here he would go on to become a Grammy-winning singer and songwriter during his time of fame. Now, “Simple Man” will mark the musician’s return to the music industry.

Fans got a sneak peek of Feek’s voice and image after five years away. The singer performed a cover of “The Times They Are a-Changin'” by Bob Dylan, which is a track on his upcoming album.

The duo released seven albums together. Their first was “The Life of a Song” and their very last was “Hymns That Are Important to Us.”

Feek’s Personal Life

Joey and Rory Feek have a now-6-year-old daughter together. Their daughter, Indiana, had only gotten a few years with her mother before she passed away.

However, Feek told People magazine that despite their short time together, his daughter can recognize the sound of her mother singing. They were sitting at a restaurant together when one of their older songs came on.

“Indiana goes, ‘It’s Mama.’ Indiana starts singing the song, and I thought, ‘No.’ I couldn’t really hear it. All of us got really quiet, and it took a lot of work for me to realize that’s Joey. One of our songs was playing on the radio,” Rory Feek said.

The two live together on his Tennessee farm where her gravesite is also nearby. He said that he and Indiana will often visit her grave together and she will “lay down right in front of mama’s cross and look up at the sky.”

Feek said that Indiana is very in-tune with the presence of her mom in everything around her.

Docuseries, ‘This Life I Live’

While Rory Feek has not been creating music over the last couple of years, he has been busy with being a single dad and producing a docuseries.

His docuseries titled “This Life I Live” started in 2020 and aired on Sundays on RFD-TV. In addition to Indiana, Rory also has two older daughters, Heidi and Hopie, from an earlier marriage.

“Life has a way of being OK. Life keeps going. The world keeps turning. It doesn’t mean that you don’t miss that person like crazy and that there isn’t a big void inside of you. But that also doesn’t mean that there can’t be a lot of joy and happiness and you can’t wake up every day pinching yourself, which is what I feel like I do,” Feek said, according to Today.

Despite Joey being gone, he works to keep her memory with him every day. Whether that’s with his daughter, visiting her grave, thinking about past memories, or even getting back in the studio where they spent so much time together.

Rory Feek once revealed that their last words together before she passed away were even lyrics from a song called “Josephine.” The song is about a love story between a husband and a wife. The last line of the song is “I love you” repeated. When she was dying, the two repeated “I love you” back to each other three times.

Clearly, their music was a huge part of their love and their relationship. Hopefully, creating new music can be another way he keeps Joey’s memory alive.

In addition to the docuseries, Feek has written a book based on a blog also called “This Life I Live.” He has also created a documentary film called “To Joey, With Love.”