Joey + Rory Announce ‘Hymns That Are Important to Us’ Deluxe Edition
Joey + Rory's Hymns That Are Important to Us album is set for release in mid-February, and the husband-and-wife duo have announced that a special edition of the project will be available exclusively through Cracker Barrel.
The deluxe edition of Hymns That Are Important to Us -- a dream project of Joey Feek's -- will feature 13 songs; a complete track listing is below. The package will also include never-before-seen photos of Joey and Rory Feek and their family, a magnet, lyrics and excerpts from Rory Feek's This Life I Live blog. The record will be available for pre-order through the Cracker Barrel website beginning on Jan. 15 and will be available at all Cracker Barrel Old Country Store locations on Feb. 12.
"These songs of faith and hope mean so much to us," Rory Feek says in a press release, "and to have them wrapped within intimate stories and photos from our lives is a dream come true."
Proceeds from Hymns That Are Important to Us -- including $1 from every deluxe album -- will benefit the Loeys-Dietz Syndrome Foundation, in honor of the Feeks’ daughter Indiana‘s best friend Scout, who has Loeys-Dietz syndrome. The charity was selected by Joey Feek.
As fans know, Joey and Rory Feek have been especially cherishing their time together lately, as they come to terms with Joey Feek's terminal cancer diagnosis. In late October, Rory Feek informed fans, via his blog, that his wife’s first round of chemotherapy and radiation treatments for Stage IV cervical cancer did not help; rather, two quarter-sized tumors had appeared in the same area that the doctors had been treating, and several more tumors had appeared in her abdomen. In light of that sad news, the Feeks stopped all medical treatments, returned to their Tennessee farm and canceled all of their Farmhouse Concerts that were scheduled for November and December. They have been spending time in Joey Feek’s hometown, visiting with family, friends and other loved ones, and in early November, Rory Feek revealed that his wife had entered home hospice care.
"Her pain and discomfort has continued to increase daily and so has the morphine to help her be comfortable. The dosage she’s needed to keep the pain away has quadrupled in the last four days. I’d like to tell you that she’s doing great and is going to beat this thing. But I can’t," Feek wrote on Saturday (Jan. 9), adding that, recently, Joey Feek “has been having serious talks with Jesus,” telling him “that if He’s ready to take her … she’s ready to come home.”
Joey + Rory, Hymns That Are Important to Us 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”
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