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Joey + Rory share powerful video for 'Softly and Tenderly'

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Joey Feek of Joey + Rory is currently undergoing chemotherapy for Stage IV cervical cancer—she had her first surgery one year ago and a second just last month—but she and husband Joey Feek haven’t let the treatment derail their music. In fact it’s provided a new mission as they’ve begun recording a Christian album.

Rory shared a video on his blog, This Life I Live, of the behind the scenes of recording “Softly and Tenderly.” On Monday, he published a post titled “a song to sing” where he introduced the project writing, “My wife Joey still has a song to sing. In fact, she has lots of songs that she wants to sing in the future. It’s part of what gives her the strength to push on through all the nausea and pain that she’s been experiencing as she goes through cancer treatment.”

The album they are working on is all well-worn tracks, he says. “Less than a week before we came here to Atlanta, Joey and I went into a studio in Nashville and recorded twelve tracks for a brand new album. It’s a record that Joey has always wanted to do… an album of nothing but old traditional hymns.  Since this is a project that has been a dream of hers to do since she was very young, I let her choose all the songs.  Most of the ones she chose I knew fairly well, and some I’m still getting familiar with.  Songs like… “It Is Well With My Soul”, “Old Rugged Cross”, “I Surrender All”, “How Great Thou Art”, “He Touched Me” and a many others.”

“Softly and Tenderly,” is streaming below.

“Softly & Tenderly” from Hickory Films on Vimeo.

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