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Rory Lee Feek (born April 25, 1965) is an American country music singer and songwriter. In his career, he has written singles for Clay Walker, Blake Shelton, Tracy Byrd and other artists. He and his wife, Joey Martin Feek, formed the duo Joey + Rory and was placed third on the first season of the CMT talent show Can You Duet. He also established Giantslayer Records for launching of new independent artists.
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by Lisa Konicki | @LisaKon127 | February 14, 2017
Joey+Rory’s Rory Feek talks Grammy Win, Losing His Wife and Raising Their 3-Year-Old
Daughter, Indiana - “We’re Doing Well”
Fresh off his Grammy win for Best Roots Gospel Album on Sunday night (Feb. 11), Rory Feek headed across the country to New York City for a visit with Matt Lauer on the Today show to talk about the Grammy win, moving on after the loss of his wife, Joey Martin Feek, and raising their 3-year-old daughter.
Rory briefly talked with Matt about winning the Grammy Award for an album he made with his wife Joey called Hymns.
“My first thought was, ‘Really? Really?’ because it’s been an amazing year for the album,” Rory said. “We knew it would be special for us, but I don’t think we had any idea of how special it would be for
other people and where it would lead.” Rory lost his wife, Joey, in 2016 when she passed away from ovarian cancer at the age of 40, leaving behind a 2-year-old daughter, Indiana, who was born with Down syndrome. Rory, who has been raising the little girl, has been keeping the world informed of their progress on his blog This Life I Live and shared with Matt just how little Indiana has been getting along.
“We’re doing well,” Rory says. “She turns 3 this Friday [Feb. 17]. So as exciting as the Grammy’s are, that’s a little more exciting for us. She started taking steps and she really took about eight steps at her little school—she goes to a special needs school in Nashville. I told her ‘I’m so proud of you, Indy,’ because she’s turning 3. I said, ‘A lot of kids don’t learn to walk until they’re 1 [laughs]’. It’s amazing especially when you take the pressure off the expectations so if they can just do it the way that they need to do it and we just celebrate it, it doesn’t feel late.”
Background information From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Rory Lee Feek was born and raised in Atchison, Kansas. In his blog, thislifeIlive, he gives his birth year as 1965, despite numerous other sources that give it as 1966. In 2002, he married Joey Martin Feek, with whom he started the duo Joey + Rory. They have one daughter, Indiana Boon (born February 17, 2014), who was born with Down Syndrome. Feek also has two older daughters, Heidi (born 1986) and Hopie (born 1988), from a previous marriage. Joey died of metastatic cervical cancer on March 4, 2016.
Inspired by Don Williams, Merle Haggard and other artists, Feek began playing guitar at age fifteen. He later served two tours of duty in the United States Marine Corps after high school, before moving to Dallas, Texas, where he played in nightclubs. Feek moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 1995 after being encouraged to by Nashville entertainment attorney Rod Phelps, and signed to a publishing contract. One of his first single releases as a songwriter was Collin Raye's "Someone You Used to Know", a Top Five country hit in 1999. A year later, Clay Walker reached Top Five as well with "The Chain of Love", another song that Feek co-wrote.
Feek continued to write for other artists in the 2000s, including album tracks for Mark Wills, Kenny Chesney, Terri Clark, Randy Travis, and Lorrie Morgan, as well as Tracy Byrd's 2003 single "The Truth About Men". In 2004, Feek achieved his first Number One as a songwriter when Blake Shelton topped the country charts with "Some Beach", which he co-wrote with Paul Overstreet. Also in 2004, Feek founded the Giantslayer Records label, on which Blaine Larsen recorded two studio albums in association with BNA Records.
In 2008, Feek and his wife, Joey Martin Feek, founded a duo called Joey + Rory. They came in third place on the CMT talent show Can You Duet, and later that year signed to a recording contract with Vanguard Records. Joey + Rory released their debut single "Cheater, Cheater" that year, and peaked at No. 30 on the country singles charts with it. That same year, Jimmy Wayne charted on the country charts with "I Will", another Feek co-write.
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