Granger Smith has decided to go in a new direction.
The country music singer announced on Tuesday that he is leaving the music industry to become a minister after the tragic death of his 3-year-old son River in 2019.
This message is very difficult to send. Finding the appropriate words to describe this is quite challenging. It’s not that I don’t believe they’re true; it’s just that we’ve reached the end of the longest stretch of my life.He said on Instagram, “I’ve been touring for 24 years.”
This summer will be my final tour. He remarked, “I don’t know what the next step will look like in most regards, but I am so motivated, hopeful, eager, and joyful about it. I just want to sing God’s praises as loudly and beautifully as I can. I hope my church leaders will guide me and offer me their blessing as I continue to develop spiritually and serve my community. If God wills it, I hope to be a tool for others in discovering their life’s purpose.
Smith, who is 43 years old, elaborated on his intention to retire from music when the Like a River tour concludes in September. The musician has announced that he is concentrating on ministering at his local church while completing his Master of Theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is not currently considering a career in education.
That could explain to some of you why I’ve been so distant lately, especially with music, he remarked in the tape. The publication of Like a River, Smith’s memoir on his life following his son’s death, is a part of his journey.
His new book, titled Like a River, is set to hit shelves on August 1. What that book is about shouldn’t come as a surprise to you, but it is about all the Lord did between the time I lost my son Riv and the time we got our son Mav. Also discussed is the significant method in which the Lord enlightened me. I consider that media release to be the single most crucial item I’ve ever made public. It will take me a while to go out there and talk about it via book tour (if the Lord wills it, of course). It has been my mission in life to get that word out to as many people as possible.
Smith explained that he made his choice based on his own ideas and that he realizes that most people won’t understand or care about it.
“I can’t go to seminary and study ministry and have my pastors and elders pour into me, and then try to lift myself up on the weekends,” he explained. “That doesn’t make any sense to me.”
Smith promised to do whatever it took to convey his “gratitude and just say thank you for so many years” to the people.
Smith and his wife Amber have been married since 2010. Together, they have three children: 11-year-old London, 9-year-old Lincoln, and 2021-born Maverick, who was born two years after River’s death.
He said, “I can’t wait to see what the future holds for me and my loved ones.” “Amber and I are completely on the same page with this.”
After promising his followers that he would be staying put, Smith said, “I just wanted to tell you guys I love you.”
Smith explained his decision to leave the music industry to People. He told the magazine that he felt it was the proper moment since he was confident in the trajectory of his career. He has stated that singing would remain a part of his life despite his decision to not go on tour.
He told the magazine, “At some point, my career was going to start going down, so it’s kind of cool to say that I will never have gone through the downward spiral that would have happened to me.” To have the audience cheer and show their appreciation for us as we exit the stage would be a great accomplishment.