Nashville, Tenn (November 5, 2009) -- Known for bringing beautiful harmonies, authenticity and romance back to country music, husband/wife duo Joey+Rory are offering their take on holiday traditions this November with their poignant single “It’s Christmas Time” and a unique children’s album from songwriter think-tank The Song Trust entitled Merry Kidsmas.
The couple is partnering with CMT One Country for both projects. A portion of the proceeds from the sales of “It’s Christmas Time” will be donated to the local affiliate of Feeding America, The Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, and a portion of the proceeds from Merry Kidsmas will benefit the USO through the end of 2009.
While the single and album are two distinctive works, the message is the same. “We’re incredibly grateful for an amazing year and hope to share some of that good fortune this holiday season. CMT helped launch our career, so we’re really excited to team-up with CMT One Country in the spirit of giving,” says Joey.
The Joey+Rory single “It’s Christmas Time” is a tune written during a stay at Joey’s family farmhouse in Indiana. It will be released digitally on November 24 and has been serviced to country radio for adds on November 16.
When not on the road performing, Joey continues to wait tables and bake breads at Marcy Jo’s Mealhouse, a restaurant she and her sister-in-law own outside of Nashville. Rory heads to music row where he pens award-winning hits at Giantslayer Publishing. He recently won ASCAP songwriting awards for “I Will” by Jimmy Wayne and “You Can Let Go Now” by Crystal Shawanda. Other penned hits include “Some Beach” for Blake Shelton and “The Chain of Love” for Clay Walker.
“Just sitting in the house where Joey grew up made me think about all the Christmases she spent there,” Rory explains. “All the trees they picked out and decorated, all the gifts wrapped while the kids tried to sneak downstairs, all the Christmas dinners cooked and the last-minute guests who showed up at their door. I woke up early in the morning before anyone else, pulled out my guitar and wrote the song with all that in mind.” The single was produced by bluegrass legend Carl Jackson, who also produced the duo’s debut album.
To hear "It's Christmas Time," "Box of Rocks" and "Bring Him Home Santa," visit http://www.frontpagepublicity.com/joeyrory/audio_holiday09.php
The second holiday project, Merry Kidsmas
(Giantslayer Records/S1 Songs/Welk Music Group), is a 12-song collection sung by everyday kids of all ages and created by The Song Trust. Founded in Nashville TN, The Song Trust is a collaborative group committed to creating and delivering music from the perspective where the song, not the singer, is the star. True to concept, Merry Kidsmas
lists only writer credits and no singer credits.
The first track on the album, “Bring Him Home Santa,” was originally released to country radio in December 2007 causing an immediate national reaction. Sung by an anonymous 6-year old girl asking Santa to bring her father home for Christmas, the single shot to #29 on the Billboard Hot Country Chart, spawned a viral internet video that received over 600,000 views and solicited thousands of comments from families with loved ones in the military. Following that success, The Song Trust spent the next year finding or creating an album’s worth of songs that would continue to look at the Christmas season from a child’s perspective, to be sung by kids of all ages, resulting in the Merry Kidsmas CD.
The album features 9 original songs co-written by members of The Song Trust, including the future holiday standards “Bring Him Home Santa” and “Box of Rocks,” both of which will be released to radio November 16. The CD also offers new takes on the holiday favorites “(All I Want For Christmas is My) Two Front Teeth,” Wudolph (the Red Nosed Reindeer)” and the “Little Drummer Boy.” Merry Kidsmas was co-produced by Tim Johnson and will be available in stores on October 27th. ABOUT JOEY+RORY
CMA nominated husband and wife duo Joey+Rory first performed together for an audition of CMT’s hit series Can You Duet in early 2008. Bringing beautiful harmonies, top-notch songwriting and their natural joyfulness, authenticity and romance to traditional country music, they quickly became fan favorites and placed 3rd in the final episode. As finalists, their rendition of “Cheater Cheater” earned them a huge response and went on to become a successful first single on their debut album, The Life of a Song.
Signed to Vanguard/Sugar Hill Records alongside a venerable roster of alternative country, bluegrass and Americana greats, Joey+Rory’s musical journey together is just beginning. Already they have garnered industry success with their ACM Top Vocal Duo nomination and their nomination for Country Music Association’s Vocal Duo of the Year for the upcoming CMA Awards. The duo and their music is featured in a number of national television ads for Overstock.com. Their latest commercial features their hound, Rufus.