Even while she's in hospice care, Joey Feek is planning on releasing new music.
Rory Feek announced that he and his 40-year-old wife and songwriting partner, Joey -- who is in hospice care after ending her cancer treatments in late October – will release a new album on Valentine's Day. The 49-year-old Rory called it "Joey's album."
"The one she’s always wanted to make – filled with the hymns she grew up with," Rory explained on his website. " We recorded it in a studio in Nashville early in the summer – just after recovering from her first big surgery in Chicago. And then she did her vocals where she could… in hotel rooms, our house, wherever and whenever she felt up to singing."
"In early October, we even did a TV taping of the songs in the concert hall at our farm in front of a live audience," he continued. " Joey was weak and it was difficult for her, but she was determined. This record means so much to her. It is the songs that are the most important to her."
"I think Joey wants to capture the words and music of her childhood," the singer explained. "The music that she goes to when she needs comfort. The music that makes this beautiful, tragic, crazy life somehow make sense. I think she wants to capture this music so we can take it home with us."
You can listen to the moving preview of their new song, Manna From Heaven, below.
Last week, the country singer put on a brave face after returning to her Alexandria, Indiana home to spend her remaining days with family and friends in hospice care. In a heartwarming photo, Joey poses with her 21-month old daughter, Indiana, and sister, Jody, in matching checkered hats.
"The mail lady delivered big smiles to us today.... hand-sewn hats, made with love," reads the caption on the photo posted to the Joey and Rory Facebook page read.
the mail lady delivered big smiles to us today.... hand-sewn hats, made with love.
Joey was first diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in May 2014. Despite multiple treatments, tests and surgeries, her cancer returned.
During this time, Rory notes on his blog that he has struggled with disappointment, while Joey remains optimistic.
"Her friends gathered around her on the couch and she told them of her hope that she might be able to still be here for Christmas, or for Indiana's second birthday in February," he penned. "Joey's hope never fades. No amount of pain or medicine can touch it. It runs too deep. It's connected to her faith in God. And as she will tell you, God can do anything."
Joey's faith is what has kept her spirits up in this tragic time.
"I pray that one morning I just don't wake up," she told The Tennessean earlier this month. "But I don't fear anything because I'm so close to God and we've talked about it so many times. I know he's close. And I know he loves me. I'm really at peace. I still believe there's healing in prayer."