have just released an inspirational recording in partnership with Gaither Music Group.
Inspired, Songs of Faith and Family features all-new songs of faith, several of which were written or co-written by Joey and Rory; in addition, the recording includes the couple’s unique arrangements of timeless gospel classics such as “In the Garden,” “Amazing Grace,” “Are You Washed in the Blood”and “Leave It There.”
“Our faith is the most important part of our marriage and our lives,” Joey states, “And we’ve always recorded a song about our faith on each album we’ve made. Church has always been a part of my life, and I remember my mom singing those old hymns when I was a little girl. I’ve always wanted to do a gospel album…our fans have been asking for a long time when we were going to record an album filled with songs about faith. Now is the time.”
Recorded in a beautiful barn in Franklin, Tenn., south of Music City, just down the road from their Pottsville, Tenn. farm, Inspired, Songs of Faith and Family offers songs that those fans are sure to find moving.
“On the records we’ve made in the past, we’ve always gone into a recording studio and recorded using some of the best studio players in Nashville, but with this one we actually went into our friend’s barn studio and recorded this whole album with just a few friends,” explains Rory, who produced the new release with Joe West. “We did it a completely different way, a little more organic. It has a different feel and sound to it than the other records that we’ve done…mostly, I guess, because it was made in a space where Joey could cook the whole time we were recording. It has a full kitchen; and as we were recording, she was baking and cooking breakfast, lunch and dinner. We had to pull her away at times and say, ‘Okay, go in the vocal booth and sing.’ She’d sing the song and then go right back out and start cooking again.”
True to the rootsy, tender country sounds for which they are known, the release was recorded with mostly acoustic instrumentation that includes fiddle, mandolin, acoustic guitar and stand-up bass, all of which become a backdrop for Joey’s warm tones and the pair’s signature harmonies.
The recording includes a cover of Michael Martin Murphy’s “Long Line of Love” (co-written by Paul Overstreet with Thomas J. Schuyler) as well as a heart-stirring number “The Preacher and the Stranger,” penned by Jerry Salley and Carl Cartee. The award-winning Isaacs are featuring on “Are You Washed in the Blood,” and longtime friend Bill Gaither joins them for the song “Turning to the Light.” The Inspired, Songs of Faith and FamilyDVD, which will hit the streets this fall, will include bonus fan favorite tunes such as “That’s Important to Me” and “A Bible & a Belt.”
Joey+Rory continue to keep the music-making right at home as they will soon be filming the third season of their hit tv series,“The Joey+Rory Show,” one of the highest rated shows on the RFD-TV cable channel. The show, which is filmed in their now famous barn on their farm, is aired several times weekly. In addition, they recently kicked the summer off with their annual Bib & Buckle Fest, an event also held on their farm and attended by more than 1,500 music fans each year.
Inspired, Songs of Faith and Family is exclusively distributed by Capitol Christian Distribution and is available throughout general market stores and the Christian marketplace in addition to online retailers including iTunes, Amazon and www.gaither.com. The audio recording will be released this summer at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store®.
The release will be featured on tv networks including RFD, PBS,DISH TV, DIRECTV, TBN, Family Net, FFE, RURAL TV, TNN, Airtime, CTN, The Walk TV (formerly Legacy), TCT and TLNand also in Canada on Vision TV, CTS, Grace TV and theMiracle Channel. In addition, the DVD will be featured on Gaither TV (available on Roku, Google and the Internet).
Joey+Rory continue their strategic relationship with Roper Apparel and Footwear, and they recently announced a long-term partnership with KRAFT Foods. As part of that commitment, Rory wrote an exclusive song, “Enough,” that is being used for Kraft’s Fighting Hunger Together Initiative with Walmart. The duo was on hand during this year’s CMA Music Fest, performing at The Grand Ole Opry and appearing at the Roper Apparel and Footwear booth for an autograph signing.
For further information regarding Joey+Rory, visitwww.joeyandrory.com. You can follow them atwww.facebook.com/joeyandrory and on Twitter at @joeyandrory.
CD Song Listing:
In the Garden
Long Line of Love
Are You Washed in the Blood (with The Isaacs)
My Life Is Based on a True Story
Turning to the Light (with Bill Gaither)
The Preacher and the Stranger
It’ll Get You Where You’re Goin’
Gotta Go Back (with Josh Turner)
I See Him
Leave It There
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 placing third, signing a record deal with Vanguard/Sugar Hill Records, releasing two albums (The Life of a Song and Album Number Two) and winning the 2010 Academy of Country Music Award for Top New Vocal Duo. They released their third album (His and Hers) on Sugar Hill/Vanguard in the summer of 2012.
The couple is about to begin their third season of their RFD-TV series, “The Joey+Rory Show” which is 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 hosted their 5th Annual “Bib & Buckle Fest” held on their farm in Pottsville, Tennessee, on Saturday, June 1st. They welcome approximately 1,500 music fans each year to their homestead for this event. The award-winning duo also plans to continue their Farmhouse Concert Series held throughout the summer and into the fall.