Fresh off his Grammy win for Best Roots Gospel Album on Sunday night (Feb. 11), Rory Feek headed across the country to New York City for a visit with Matt Lauer on the Today show to talk about the Grammy win, moving on after the loss of his wife, Joey Martin Feek, and raising their 3-year-old daughter.
Rory briefly talked with Matt about winning the Grammy Award for an album he made with his wife Joey called Hymns.
“My first thought was, ‘Really? Really?’ because it’s been an amazing year for the album,” Rory said. “We knew it would be special for us, but I don’t think we had any idea of how special it would be for other people and where it would lead.”
Rory lost his wife, Joey, in 2016 when she passed away from ovarian cancer at the age of 40, leaving behind a 2-year-old daughter, Indiana, who was born with Down syndrome. Rory, who has been raising the little girl, has been keeping the world informed of their progress on his blog This Life I Live and shared with Matt just how little Indiana has been getting along.
“We’re doing well,” Rory says. “She turns 3 this Friday [Feb. 17]. So as exciting as the Grammy’s are, that’s a little more exciting for us. She started taking steps and she really took about eight steps at her little school—she goes to a special needs school in Nashville. I told her ‘I’m so proud of you, Indy,’ because she’s turning 3. I said, ‘A lot of kids don’t learn to walk until they’re 1 [laughs]’. It’s amazing especially when you take the pressure off the expectations so if they can just do it the way that they need to do it and we just celebrate it, it doesn’t feel late.”
Rory goes on to talk about Joey still being present in his life and the struggles they had in their marriage. Check out the interview with Rory on the Today show.