MUNCIE , Ind., Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Country music star Joey Feek says recording songs for the upcoming Joey + Rory album Hymns That Are Important to Us has helped her face her battle with terminal cancer.
"A lot has taken place in a year's time, but through it all, these songs have given me such strength," Taste of Country quoted Joey as saying in a press release promoting the CD. "They've given me such hope, and they give me something to look forward to. I think that a lot of times, when we don't know what to say ... you don't know what to pray ... you don't know how to even begin ... I think that's, for me, where these hymns have come into play so much."
"It was early in the spring when we started talking about the record," added her husband Rory. "We began recording it in a studio in Nashville early in the summer, just after recovering from her first big surgery in Chicago. She championed it ... and even with all she's gone through, there might have been a few things that changed, but that record was not gonna stop."
The couple announced last year that Joey's cancer was aggressive and she had decided to cease treatment for the disease. She is now under hospice care, at home with her husband and their toddler-age daughter.