"My wife's dream was to make a hymns album".
Rory Feek is attending the 2017 Grammy Awards, keeping a promise he made to his wife, Joey, before she died.
It's nearly been a year since Joey Feek sadly passed away from cancer, but her memory lives on through the music she made with her husband as they were honored with a win at the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards on Sunday night (Feb. 12). Less than one month later, on March 4, Joey died following a lengthy battle with cancer.
Before the red carpet, the opening number and the moment where millions plopped on their couches to watch music's most coveted awards show, Joey+Rory took home the award that they have wanted their entire career.
Although he hasn't touched a guitar since, Rory continues to share other parts of his life through his film "To Joey With Love" and now his book, "This Life I Live". He said she sang in hotel rooms when she felt strong enough.
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Before Sunday's televised Grammy ceremony, the duo was awarded the award for best roots gospel album for "Hymns".
In the year since her death, Rory has been vocal about his love for his wife and honoring her memory in all that he does.
"This is to my wife", he said. "She said, 'If we get nominated, promise me you'll come". "We recorded it in a studio in Nashville early in the summer - just after recovering from her first big surgery in Chicago". "We were different. She didn't want to be a mother, and I had two little girls that I was raising on my own". 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.
Since Joey's death, Rory has returned to his home in Tennessee and has been focused on raising in, who will soon turn 3-years-old.