Long before Joey Feek’s heroic struggle with cancer, the singer shared her deeply-rooted faith and resiliency in song.
That was one hallmark of her life that didn’t change when Joey, 40, was diagnosed with cervical cancer in May 2014, leading to multiple surgeries (including a radical hysterectomy) plus chemotherapy and radiation.
In fact, Joey had mustered the strength to focus new music with her husband Rory Feek, just as they did after catapulting to the country spotlight as singing duo Joey + Rory on CMT’s Can You Duet in 2008.
As Joey prepares for what might be her final days, read on for the couple’s moving performances over the years.
1. “In the Garden”
Of all their songs, none mirror Joey’s struggle with cancer and marriage to Rory more than “When I’m Gone.” Released in 2012, the heartbreaking ballad tells the story of a woman comforting her husband before she dies. “You’ll lie down in our big bed, dread the dark and dread the dawn,” Joey sings in their ballad. “But you’ll be alright on that first night when I’m gone.”