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Joey + Rory
Origin Columbia, Tennessee, USA
Genres Country, bluegrass
Years active 2008–present
Labels Vanguard/Sugar Hill
Associated acts Bomshel, Naomi Judd
Website Official Site
Joey Martin Feek
Rory Lee Feek

Joey + Rory is an American country music duo composed of Rory Lee Feek and Joey Martin Feek, who are husband and wife. Joey is the duo's lead vocalist, while Rory sings background vocals and plays guitar. The duo was the third-place finalist on CMT's competition Can You Duet in 2008. That same year, Joey + Rory signed to Vanguard Records, releasing their debut album The Life of a Song in late October. This album's lead-off single, "Cheater, Cheater", was a Top 40 hit on the Billboard country charts.



Before the duo's foundation, Rory Lee Feek worked as a songwriter in Nashville, Tennessee, and he has continued to work as a songwriter even as a member of Joey + Rory. Songs that he wrote for other artists include Clay Walker's Top Five hit "The Chain of Love", Blake Shelton's Number One hit "Some Beach", and Jimmy Wayne's 2008 single "I Will". Rory also founded the independent label Giantslayer Records in 2004, on which Joey had recorded a solo album entitled Strong Enough to Cry in 2005. This album was released in CD format in 2008, as well as a digital download.[1] Rory also recorded a solo album on Giantslayer Records, titled My Ol' Man, which he also made available only as a download.

Joey + Rory performed on the CMT competition Can You Duet in 2008, in which they were the third-place finalists. Shortly after the competition, they were signed to the independent label Sugar Hill Records. They returned to the Can You Duet stage to perform "Cheater, Cheater" on "Original Song Night" for the series' second season, which aired on July 25, 2009.[2]


2008-2009: The Life of a Song

The duo's debut album, The Life of a Song, was released on October 28, 2008 on Sugar Hill Records.[3] The album debuted at #10 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, and #61 on the all-genre Billboard 200. Its lead-off single, "Cheater, Cheater", was originally recorded by the duo Bomshel. Kristy Osmonson, formerly one-half of that duo, co-wrote the song with the Feeks and Wynn Varble. Bomshel's version was released as a single in early 2008 shortly before Osmonson's departure, although it did not chart. Joey + Rory's version was released in September 2008, featuring a music video that has a cameo from Naomi Judd, who had been a judge on Can You Duet.[4] Joey + Rory's version peaked at #30 on the country music charts in early 2009. The duo has also appeared in television commercials for the online retailer[5] In February 2009, the duo were nominated for the Academy of Country Music Awards Top Vocal Duo.[6] Although a cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Free Bird" was originally to have been released as the second single, it was withdrawn after two weeks, and replaced in March 2009 with "Play the Song", which failed to chart. The albums third single, "To Say Goodbye", was released to radio on July 27, 2009, and also failed to chart.

Joey + Rory released their first holiday single, the Carl Jackson produced "It's Christmas Time," on November 16, 2009 to country radio and November 24, 2009 to digital retailers.[7][8] It was done in partnership with CMT One Country, who will donate a portion of proceeds from the single to various charities (including the The Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee).[7] Additionally, Rory Feek along with Tim Johnson, created the Song Trust; under this an album of holiday songs performed by children, titled Merry Kidsmas, will be released.[9]

2010: Album #2

Joey + Rory announced on October 15, 2009, that they were in the studio working on the follow-up album to The Life of a Song. The album, titled Album #2, was announced early in 2009 and given an expected release date of June 2010.

It was announced on March 16, 2010 that the duo were the winners of the 2010 Academy of Country Music Top New Vocal Duo.


Studio albums

Year Album details Peak positions
US Country US
2008 The Life of a Song 10 61
2010 Album #2
  • Expected release date: June 2010
  • Label: Vanguard/Sugar Hill
To be released


Year Single Peak positions Album
US Country US
2008 "Cheater, Cheater" 30 122 The Life of a Song
2009 "Play the Song"
"To Say Goodbye"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Other charted songs

Year Single Peak positions Album
US Country
2009 "It's Christmas Time" Non-album song
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos

Year Video Director
2008 "Cheater, Cheater" Peter Zavadil
2009 "Play the Song"
"It's Christmas Time" Rory Feek

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Result
2009 Academy of Country Music Awards Top Vocal Duo Nominated
CMT Music Awards Duo Video of the Year — "Cheater, Cheater" Nominated
USA Weekend Breakthrough Video of the Year — "Cheater, Cheater" Nominated
Country Music Association Awards Vocal Duo of the Year Nominated
2010 Academy of Country Music Awards Top New Vocal Duo of the Year Won
Top Vocal Duo of the Year Pending
Top New Artist Pending

Can You Duet performances


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