Rory Feek Talks Writing Children's Books & Getting His Four-Year-Old Daughter's Seal of Approval


If you're a fan of singer-songwriter Rory Feek, 2018 has introduced loads of new releases – two books beneath his identify this yr have been launched, in addition to a brand new CD and DVD that options many favorites that he recorded together with his late spouse Joey because the duo Joey+Rory. Feek tells Billboard that it wasn't his intention to have so many gadgets to advertise this fall – it simply turned out that manner.

"None of that was on goal. These are initiatives that we've been engaged on for a very long time. They've simply type of come to be one after the other. It's all been actually fantastic and I'm simply blessed that the chance got here round and actually pleased with the whole lot that we made."

The first launch beneath his identify this yr was his second memoir, Once Upon A Farm, which comprises many tales of his and Joey's marriage, but additionally their three youngsters, Hopie, Heidi, and Indiana. He hopes that the readers benefit from the peek into his household's private lives as a lot as he did writing about them. Did Hopie and Heidi – his oldest two daughters – have any reservations about him sharing a lot of their story? He says that wasn't a problem – they've at all times been part of the story.

"They had been at all times a part of it. Once we began writing the weblog (, it was in my early a part of 2014, it was actually nearly life. It wasn't nearly Joey and I, it was about my sisters who lived close by and folks in our neighborhood after which the child and hopes and desires and fears and struggles. It was additionally actually fantastic as a result of on the finish of the day for the children and for me, these items develop into recollections set in stone that all of us get to recollect. Hopefully, they're encouraging to different individuals too."

2018 additionally sees the discharge of Feek's first youngsters's e book, The Cow Said Neigh: A Farm Story. He says the e book could be very a lot impressed by Indiana, his four-year previous daughter with Joey. 

"For the previous few years, I've been studying youngsters's books to her when she lays down each night time and often when she wakes up within the morning. She loves them and I really like them. They develop into part of your life and since I'm a inventive particular person, I've at all times needed to put in writing a youngsters's e book or lots of them if I obtained an opportunity and it lastly got here round,"

He says the e book borrows from their residence life. "Of course, we dwell on a farm so it made sense to inform slightly farm story and it was numerous enjoyable. That made me smile and made her smile." Did the e book meet together with his youngest daughter's seal of approval?

"She loves it and he or she's on the again cowl. There's slightly Illustrated image of her after which I’ve one other youngsters's e book that I've already written that hopefully will come out subsequent yr and it's rather more about her, about Indiana. It's nonetheless a farm story, however it's extra about her."

Raising his daughter is one thing that Feek devotes his coronary heart and soul to, and you may really feel his satisfaction when he talks about her.

"She's simply a tremendous little woman, and has been such a present to me and for our household. She's very excessive functioning. We simply constructed a one-room college home on the farm, and over this previous yr and it opened in September. It's her and there's twelve youngsters within the college. It seems identical to a one-room college home from the 1800s, besides it's model new and it's larger than regular. There's three academics there and it's throughout the driveway on the opposite aspect of the parking zone on the live performance corridor (at his home, simply south of Nashville). That's a reasonably particular factor. I get to stroll her to high school each day and it's solely a forty-five second stroll. It's a tremendous place."

Fans of the music that he made together with his spouse can be within the new CD/DVD set The Singer and The Song, which incorporates lots of the couple's favourite songs.

"That has actually been such a particular alternative to not simply inform our story, but additionally have our songs inform a narrative. Songs are such an enormous a part of our story, our love story, our life, our farm. To weave a few of our story collectively utilizing twenty songs was actually particular. To do it with Bill Gaither was fairly neat. To see that every one come collectively and likewise share not simply within the video and TV particular stuff – it's a combination of all of the totally different stuff we've executed. It's dwell performances and residential films, music movies, all types of issues. It's one thing I'm actually pleased with."

Feek can also be pleased with their relationship with Gospel music icon Gaither. "He's been an excellent good friend and an excellent mentor. He and his spouse Gloria had been actually the primary principal couple that we obtained to be round. To see a love story within the music trade in entrance of individuals was so nice, however they aren’t simply the love story, they created a way of life. They're nonetheless having fun with someway, nonetheless residing in the identical place, they’ve slightly household cafe simply to a couple blocks from their home in Indiana. They do all of their enterprise there. They file and movie and edit and do all that type of stuff. That's in all probability an enormous a part of why we do all the identical factor. We have a restaurant and attempt to create the whole lot proper there at residence. I feel it's partly as a result of they only impressed us a lot."