Born in Kansas (he rarely wears anything but overalls), and raised up around country music and cornfields, Rory showed up in Nashville in a ’56 Chevy and began hitting the streets with his songs in 1995. After a chance meeting with legendary songwriter Harlan Howard, he was signed to a publishing deal with his idol and worked as Harlan’s lone staff-writer for the next five years. Walking in the footsteps of his mentor, Rory has gone on to co-write 4 number-one songs, including Blake Shelton’s “Some Beach”, Clay Walker’s “Chain of Love” and last year’s Easton Corbin smash “A Little More Country Than That”, along with numerous other cuts by Reba, Kenny Chesney, Waylon Jennings, Randy Travis, Buck Owens, Terri Clark, Trish Yearwood and many others.
While primarily best known as one of country music’s premiere songwriters and out-of-the-box thinkers, Rory thought his life and destiny was pretty much set until a chance meeting in 2008 landed he and his wife Joey Martin as contestants on the CMT/American Idol TV show, “Can You Duet”. 11 weeks in the spotlight later, Joey+Rory were offered a record deal with Vanguard/Sugar Hill Records, their first single “Cheater Cheater” became a huge hit on the Billboard/R&R Country charts and their debut album “The Life of a Song” sold over 250,000 copies and was hailed as one of the top albums to come out of Nashville in a decade. In 2010, they won the ACM’s Top New Vocal Duo trophy and in are still touring the world and breaking new ground in music and new media. A true renaissance man, Rory shoots and edits all their music videos, and is the creator of most of the television shows and specials that they appear in. They are now in full-production of the very own weekly variety show “The Joey+Rory Show” that will begin airing nationally in early July.
Remaining authentic and true to who they are and to the music they love, Joey+Rory have a brand new album His and Hers due out in in July and are poised to go down in history as one of country music’s most endearing duos, and Rory is destined to be remembered as a world-class songwriter and innovator. They live south of Nashville in an 1870’s farmhouse in the small community of Pottsville, Tennessee and when off the road, Joey still works in their family-owned country restaurant/diner Marcy Jo’s Mealhouse & Bakery.
Songs co-written by Rory:
A Little More Country Than That, Easton Corbin
Some Beach, Blake Shelton
Met Him in A Motel Room, Trisha Yearwood
Someone You Used To Know, Collin Raye
The Chain Of Love, Clay Walker
Rich Man, Mark Wills
Better Than You, Terri Clark
Your Love Lingers On, John M. Montgomery
The Chain of Love, Charley Pride
Josephine, Collin Raye
When Mama Prayed, Randy Travis
When I Think About Leavin’, Kenny Chesney
How Do You Get That Lonely, Blaine Larsen
The Truth About Men, Tracy Byrd
Strong Enough To Cry, Lorrie Morgan
When You’re Not Trying To, Reba McEntire
Dancin’ On My Grave, Rascal Flatts
Reds, White Crosses, & The Blues, Waylon Jennings
Fight For Our Love, Lee Greenwood – Curb
Play Me The Waltz of the Angels, Buck Owens/The DeRailers
Visit Rory at his website, http://www.joeyandrory.com.