Joey Feek’s first album is getting a proper release.
The late country singer’s solo debut, If Not for You, recorded in 2005, was posthumously released on Friday by Capitol Christian Distribution and Universal Music, as well as its co-producer, Joey’s husband and songwriting partner, Rory Feek.
Joey, one half of the country and bluegrass duo Joey+Rory, died of cancer at age 40 on March 4, 2016, months after electing to end treatment and enter hospice care. She had just married Rory when recording her first songs, which were independently released, but failed to make waves in the country music scene.
“When this album was recorded in 2005, Joey and I were still newlyweds, or at least we felt like we were,” Rory says in a press release. “Though we had hopes for the record at the time, it wasn’t meant to be, and so this collection of music sat quietly on a shelf for the last 10 years or so, waiting for the right time to come along, when maybe somehow, someone would care. A time like now.”
“It is one of the great joys of my life to dust these songs off and bring life to them again,” he adds. “Not just the songs, but also the stories and the life of the special woman that these songs represent.”
The album is available online via iTunes, Amazon, Target, Walmart, Cracker Barrel and Gaither.
In February, ET talked to Rory about his and her GRAMMY win, as well as their daughter, Indiana’s, third birthday plans.
Watch the video below to see what he said.