Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® and country music duo Joey+Rory announced yesterday that a deluxe package of the upcoming Hymns That Are Important To Us CD will be available for preorder exclusively at crackerbarrel.com this Friday, Jan. 15 and at all Cracker Barrel® locations on Friday, Feb. 12.
In addition to the duo’s seventh studio album, the deluxe CD package includes never-before-seen photos of Joey+Rory and their family, a magnet, lyrics, excerpts and stories from Rory’s blog, “This Life I Live,” and a closer look into the couple’s journey creating this album together. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® will donate $1.00 of the retail sales price of each deluxe CD package sold while supplies last to the Loeys-Dietz Syndrome Foundation, a nonprofit supported by the musical duo.
“Joey and I feel blessed to partner with Cracker Barrel for the deluxe package of our new hymns album,” said Rory Feek. “These songs of faith and hope mean so much to us, and to have them wrapped within intimate stories and photos from our lives is a dream come true. We are both big fans of the restaurant, and our family has held hands and said blessings over many meals there throughout the years.”
Hymns That Are Important To Us features 13 tracks that “capture the words and melodies that were the soundtrack to Joey’s childhood,” said Rory. “It’s the one Joey has always wanted to make – filled with the hymns she grew up with.”
The album provides an intimate glimpse into the husband and wife’s life-changing year and includes “When I’m Gone,” a song that has special meaning to the couple, who approached Cracker Barrel about the partnership. “We recorded the album in a studio in Nashville early in the summer — just after recovering from [Joey’s] first big surgery in Chicago,” Rory said. “And then she did her vocals where she could…in hotel rooms, our house, wherever and whenever she felt up to singing.”
“Joey and Rory have been a part of the Cracker Barrel family for many years, playing at our Home Office and releasing their sixth studio album in our stores in 2014,” said Senior Marketing Manager Julie Ulmer. “When they approached us about partnering on this album, we were honored to have the opportunity to support the project and share their music again, while also giving to a charity they care so deeply about.”
Since 2005, Cracker Barrel has released albums with a wide variety of artists, some of which have debuted in top spots on a range of Billboard’s charts. Recent partnerships include the brand’s first pop albums with a cappella group Pentatonix and “Fight Song” singer Rachel Platten, as well as industry staples Michael W. Smith and Alabama. Cracker Barrel’s music program presents a unique opportunity for the company to connect with consumers through an array of musical genres and artists, providing not only the music, but also unique experiences, such as Pentatonix’s surprise performance at a Nashville-area Cracker Barrel last November.
The Loeys-Dietz Syndrome Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that is dedicated to the education, research and support of those affected by the genetic disorder that affects the connective tissue in the body. The nonprofit has special meaning to Joey and Rory, whose daughter’s best friend has the disorder.
Full Track Listing:
1. Take My Hand, Precious Lord
2. I Surrender All
3. He Touched Me
4. Softly and Tenderly
5. Jesus Loves Me
6. It Is Well With My Soul
7. The Old Rugged Cross
8. I Need Thee Every Hour
9. How Great Thou Art
10. I’ll Fly Away
11. Jesus Paid It All
13. When I’m Gone
Joey+Rory, a country music duo featuring husband-and-wife vocalists Rory Feek and Joey Martin Feek, spent years focusing on their individual careers; but they both realized they were stronger together which laid the groundwork for a collaborative songwriting and performing career. The new formation resulted in their debut on the CMT competition show “Can You Duet” in 2008 placing third; releasing their debut album, The Life of a Song; and winning the 2010 Academy of Country Music Award for Top New Vocal Duo. The couple has been nominated for a 2016 GRAMMY® Award for their version of “If I Needed You” (Country Classics) for Best Country Duo/Group Performance.