Rory Feek, late wife Joey win Grammy for best gospel roots album

  • Rory Feek, late wife Joey win Grammy for best gospel roots album

Rory Feek, late wife Joey win Grammy for best gospel roots album

"She's so present in my life", Rory said Tuesday on Today while discussing why he still refers to Joey in the present tense.

Rory Feek won his first Grammy on Sunday for Best Roots Gospel album, and he dedicated the win to his late wife Joey.

Before Joey passed away in March 2016 due to cervical cancer, she recorded a gospel album with Rory, Hymns That Are Important to Us.

Joey and Rory Feek in April of 2009.

The country singer writes about the couple's relationship in his new book, This Life I Live: One Man's Extraordinary, Ordinary Life and the Woman Who Changed It Forever. For Hoosier Joey Feek, the award comes almost a year after her death in 2016. The widower recalled a promise he made to Joey while watching the 2016 Grammy Awards - one of the final things they did together before she died - to attend the 2017 awards show if they were nominated. It was recorded in hotel rooms whenever she had the strength to sing.

When the album was nominated he said his wife made him promise he'd attend the pre-telecast awards ceremony.

The singer from Alexandria, Indiana, found success when she paired up with her songwriter husband on the Country Music Television singing competition Can You Duet? in 2008.

Feek said the hymns were songs his wife grew up with, according to USA Today. "I didn't know how I would feel but I feel her everywhere I go". Joey's mother is with her, and also my daughters.

"['Hymns That Are Important To Us"] finally came out a year ago nearly exactly, and we sat together in the final days and watched this awards ceremony last year", Rory said (via Us Weekly). As Joey got sicker and sicker, the world followed her story through heartwrenching posts that she - and, in the end, Rory - posted on the family's blog.

The positivity Joey carried with her until her untimely death is a reminder for Rory to keep moving forward, he explained.