Joey Feek’s Solo Album Set for Release in April
In 2005, Joey Feek recorded a solo album. The record was never widely released, but on April 7, more than a decade later -- and just over a year after Feek's death -- the project will be available to fans.
Due out via the Gaither Music Group, If Not for You (originally titled Strong Enough to Cry) was produced by Feek's husband, Rory Feek, along with Bill McDermott, the Tennessean reports. The disc contains 12 songs, including a tribute to Joey Feek's brother Justin ("See You There") and the original version of "That's Important to Me," a charting single (No. 51) for Joey + Rory in 2010.
“It’s one of the great joys of my life to dust these songs off and bring them to life again,” Rory Feek writes in the 48-page booklet that will accompany physical copies of If Not for You. “Not just the songs, but also the stories and the life of the special woman that these songs represent.”
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Originally, If Not for You was made available online and at Joey + Rory's concerts. Three years after its recording, the husband-and-wife duo made a name for themselves on CMT's Can You Duet competition and signed with Sugar Hill Records; they released three albums with the label, followed by four more projects, including three with the Gaither Music Group.
“No one knew her when she recorded these songs. I’m not sure people would have grasped them then like they will now," says Joey Feek's mother, June Martin (who, along with her husband Jack, makes a cameo on the disc). Adds Feek's sister, Jody Martin, "I think this will further reach people who never even knew that Joey sang without Rory, that she was this inspired singer all along.”
Joey Feek lost her months-long battle with cancer in March of 2016. In February of that year, Joey + Rory released their final album, Hymns That Are Important to Us, also via Gaither Music Group; the disc won the 2017 Grammys trophy for Best Roots Gospel Album.
Joey Feek, If Not for You Track Listing:
2. "Strong Enough to Cry"
3. "That's Important to Me"
4. "When the Needle Hit the Vinyl"
5. "Nothing to Remember"
6. "The Cowboy's Mine"
7. "If Not 4 You"
8. "Southern Girl"
10. "Like a Rodeo" (with Paul Overstreet)
11. "See You There"
12. "Old Paint"
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