Joey + Rory first made a name for themselves on CMT’s Can You Duet in 2008; the couple placed third in the first season of the TV singing competition. This year, as Joey and Rory Feek continue to cope with Joey Feek’s terminal cancer diagnosis, competitors from the show’s two seasons gathered together to send some Christmas cheer to the duo.
Acts from both seasons of Can You Duet came together in mid-December to film themselves performing “It Must Be Christmas” by Steve Mandile. Among the artists who joined in the fun are Meghan Linsey, the Stellas and Sixwire; stick around ’til the very end to see special messages from some of the singers as well.
Rory Feek shared the special video on Facebook, noting that 2016 will mark eight years since he and his wife appeared on the show.
“We had no idea at the time how much it would change our lives. What a wonderful blessing,” Feek writes. “Almost as wonderful as the special video Christmas card we received last night from some of the cast and crew members who got together to brighten my wife’s Christmas. It truly did! Thank you my friends. Merry Christmas. We love you all.”
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 canceledall 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.
“I pray that one morning I just don’t wake up. But I don’t fear anything because I’m so close to God, and we’ve talked about it so many times. I know he’s close. And I know he loves me,” Joey Feek says. “I’m really at peace. I still believe there’s healing in prayer.”
In February, Joey + Rory’s Hymns That Are Important to Us album will be released, with proceeds benefiting the Loeys-Dietz Syndrome Foundation, in honor of the Feeks’ daughter Indiana‘s best friend Scout, who has Loeys-Dietz Syndrome. Meanwhile, fans and fellow country artists have been campaigning to get Joey + Rory’s song “When I’m Gone,” originally released in 2012, to the top of the iTunes charts.
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