Rory Feek has just released his first solo album and his first album Gentle Man since the death of his wife Joey Feek five years ago. Rory used to sing with his wife as Joey + Rory, together they had released 7 studio albums. Their last album together Hymns That Are Important to Us topped both the Billboard Christian and country music album charts back in 2016.
Rory is excited to be back with his own solo record Gentle Man. He reveals, "I personally am really, really proud of this CD. And would love for you to hear it. To experience the 14 stories that these songs tell, and the larger one that the album itself is part of. It's been more than five years since Joey's and my last album, "Hymns" came out, and honestly, I didn't think I would ever do any more recording. I really didn't think I had anything to say through song, that Joey and I hadn't already said. I wasn't even sure that I even had a musical 'voice' of my own."
I've also come to realize that maybe, just maybe, on that night twenty-plus years ago, when Joey was sitting in the audience at a songwriter's night I was playing at the Bluebird Cafe. When she heard or felt God say, "he is the one I've chosen for you...," he was saying something else too.
I have always been in-awe of the thought that somehow He knew in that moment, that one day I was going to be part of his plan for the world to discover the gift that Joey was. That I would play a part in getting her from that seat in the restaurant, to the spotlight that ultimately would shine on Joey and her sweet voice and story."
Despite Rory's initial reluctance to release any music after Joey's death to cancer, he felt that God was telling him otherwise. "But now, all these years later, for the first time, I've come to realize that maybe, just maybe, what God was 'whispering' that night didn't stop there. That maybe he was also whispering something else to her. Saying "and I'm going to need your help Joey, to get him from the barstool he's sitting on right now, to the place where I want him to be. He thinks he's just a songwriter... but I have many more plans for him. Stories that he will live through and tell, one day even on his own. It has never occurred to me until recently that I might too have something important to say with music. With my own voice on my own record. But thankfully, I see it now.
The album was produced by Ben Isaacs and Matt Johnson and released by Gaither Music. The record features a list of guest vocalists including Dolly Parton, Vince Gill, Alison Krauss, Ricky Skaggs and many others. You can now download or stream the new album HERE.