GRAMMY®-nominated, husband-and-wife country music duo Joey+Rory garnered the No. 1 position on this week’s Country Music chart, according to Nielsen Soundscan, with their all-new recording, Hymns That Are Important To Us (Gaither Music Group).
The 13-song recording, produced by Rory and Joe West (except “When I’m Gone,” which was produced by Gary Paczosa), also topped the Contemporary Christian Album chart, while the Hymns That Are Important To Us video landed in the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Music Video chart and on the Christian Video chart. In addition, the audio recording took the No. 4 spot on this week’s Billboard Top 200 chart.
Rory stated, “When the label called to give us the news I immediately took the phone in to Joey. This recording was ‘hers’ from the beginning. This is one that she has always wanted to make, and she’s worked so hard to make it happen, in spite of the difficult circumstances she is facing. As I congratulated her, she responded through tears, ‘No, Honey, this is God’s record….’”
President of Gaither Music Group Barry Jennings stated, “When we first started working with Joey+Rory a few years ago Rory said, ‘I want to live a story.’ Well, what a ‘story’ he and Joey have lived, perhaps not the one they wanted, but a story that has touched countless lives around the world. We have all been changed by their ‘story’ and are so honored to have been a small part of this project.”
“Gaither Music Group is honored to work alongside Joey+Rory and to represent their brand,” saidPaul Sizelove, vice president of Gaither Music Group. “Like so many people, not only are we proud of the art they create, we are inspired by the lives they live and the messages they share through their words and actions. This unique project is one that Joey has held dear from the outset, and we are humbled to be a part of it. We are even more grateful to call them friends.”
The new recording holds the February Spotlight for Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® and is available there as a deluxe edition including 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 during a life-changing year.
Hymns That Are Important To Us is featured regularly on TV networks including RFD-TV, PBS, DISH TV, TBN, Family Net, CTN, The Walk TV (formerly Legacy), TCT and TLN and also in Canada on Vision TV, CTS, Grace TV and the Miracle Channel. The DVD will be featured on Gaither TV, available on DISH TV–Channel 276, Roku, Google and the Internet.
The CD and DVD are exclusively distributed by Capitol Christian Distribution and are available throughout general market stores and the Christian marketplace in addition to online retailers including iTunes, Amazon, Walmart.com, crackerbarrel.com and www.gaither.com.
For a preview of the DVD, visit: http://bitly.com/youtubeJR
For further information regarding Joey+Rory, visit www.joeyandrory.com or follow them at www.facebook.com/joeyandrory or on Twitter @joeyandrory. To read Rory’s blog visit www.thislifeilive.com.
CD Song List: Hymns That Are Important To Us
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
Produced by Rory Feek and Joe West
“When I’m Gone” produced by Gary Paczosa
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 series “Can You Duet” in 2008, where they placed third and released their debut album, The Life of a Song, which won the 2010 Academy of Country Music Award for Top New Vocal Duo.
The GRAMMY®-nominated couple are known for their simple, authentic, country lifestyle of homegrown food, family and faith in Jesus. They have completed four seasons of their RFD-TV series, “The Joey+Rory Show,” filmed in their community on their own soundstage built in the barn on their farm. The Kansas-born Rory Feek and Alexandria, Indiana-born Joey Martin Feek host an annual “Bib & Buckle Fest” held on their farm in Pottsville, Tennessee. They welcome approximately 2,000 music fans each year to their homestead for this event. The award-winning duo also holds a Farmhouse Concert Series at their home. They are long-term partners with Overstock, KRAFT Foods, Roper, Crosley and others.