Granger Smith has announced that he is leaving country music to move on to a new chapter in his life—the ministry. Over the years, he has released ten studio albums, one live album, and two EPs. He has charted over eight singles on the Billboard Country charts, including the number-one hit “Backroad Song.”
Granger, who has been touring for 24 years, posted on his social media today, “I’ve been so nervous to make this video, but I’m making this post to announce that this summer is my last ever tour. I have felt a strong desire to pursue ministry. This doesn’t mean I’m going to start a church, but this is a time of learning and growing for me.”
He continued, “I’m so hopeful about this future. Amber and I have been totally united on this. I know there are going to be a lot of questions, and I’m going to try to stay engaged. I’m not going anywhere. I’m going to be here.”
Smith’s “Like A River” farewell tour begins April 13 and runs through August 26.
In conjunction with this monumental life change, Granger also announced the upcoming release of his memoir, Like a River: Finding the Faith and Strength to Move Forward After Loss and Heartache, on August 1, 2023.
In the book’s opening chapter, he wrote in reference to his family’s journey through grief following the tragic passing of his young son, River, “Getting here hasn’t been easy, and it hasn’t been quick. Learning to live after loss is not a simple or straightforward process, but I’m here to help you discover that it is possible. This is a book about that process. It’s about learning to live after loss, which actually comes to all of us at some point in life—one way or another. It’s also about my journey toward purpose on the other side of debilitating pain.”
He said, “I want to be able to provide my fans with one last chance to see me tour. They’ve been such a huge part of my life, and I will serve them the best way I can this summer.” Granger intends to serve his local church under the teaching, counsel, and leadership of his pastor and elders while he continues work on a master’s degree at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, along with public speaking and authorship.