Back in 2008, Joey+Rory was just one of a whole group of contestants on the show "Can You Duet." Each and every week, they would compete to share their distinctive melodies in front of a trio of judges holding their professional future in their hands.
One of those judges was Naomi Judd.
"The very first day of shooting Joey walked up to me and handed me her home made pecan roll," Naomi wrote in a March 7 Facebook post. "Even before I heard them sing I knew there was something special about her and Rory."
I'm so sad to tell you that my beautiful friend Joey Feek of the husband and wife duet Joey & Rory has passed away. Joey...
Indeed, Joey+Rory would finish the show in third place and soon after release their debut single, "Cheater, Cheater," which featured a cameo by Naomi herself. Yet, the future of the country duo was cut tragically short after Joey's death on March 4.
"Joey battled cancer for so long and she was so brave it was astounding," Naomi added. "I can hardly wrap my mind around the idea that she is gone. All I can think right now is too young, too sweet, too important to her family, too kind, too special to her fans, so talented. Why her. She was a bright light in my life and I will miss her so much."
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Stars React to Joey Feek's passing
A country legend breaks down over the death of Joey Feek
Praying for the family & friends of Joey Feek. A beautiful soul moved into heaven today. A beautiful legacy she left behind. @joeyandrory
I did not know Joey Feek of @joeyandrory. But she approached suffering in such a loving, grace-filled way. A beautiful example. #restinpeace
We are so very saddened to learn of the passing of Joey Feek. Our thoughts are with her family, friends, and fans today.
"I'll fly away, oh glory, I'll fly away.
When I die, hallelujah by and by,
I'll fly away."
Rest in sweet, heavily peace #JoeyFeek.
RIP Joey Feek. Gone way way way to soon. #JoeyFeek
Joey Feek has passed and went to heaven. Prayers for her husband Rory Feek and their family.
They are awesome... https://t.co/1MthGTj71c
RIP #joeyfeek. I can only hope to be the example of love that this family displays. @joeyandrory ❤️❤️ sending so much love.
So sad. I had the pleasure of hearing Joey Feek perform with her husband at the Bluebird. She was unforgettable https://t.co/0xHPvSVX3T
Heartbroken by the passing of the beautiful Joey Feek and completely inspired by the way she lived every minute. Full of love and life...
Our hearts are with the Joey Feek family. She died at 2:30pm today after her hard fought battle with cancer. https://t.co/E0HrwAGrec