Granger Smith, the renowned country singer, has proclaimed that he is embarking on a new professional journey outside of the music industry.
Music sensation, “Backroad Song” hitmaker announced to his devoted fans that he is joining a ministry and thus the upcoming “Like a River” tour will be his final one.
“I just want to glorify God the best way that I can,” he posted on Instagram. “I want to learn and grow and serve my local church and allow my pastors to equip and affirm those next steps. Lord willing, I want to be used to help people find their purpose.”
After 24 years of music stardom, Smith has finally made the decision to hang up his guitar and dedicate himself to a life in ministry. The artist says he’s been longing for this change for some time now and is eager to embark on this new journey.
“This doesn’t mean I’m going to start a church or a crusade or a revival,” he said, yet added that he will be devoted to his church situated just outside of Austin, Texas.
The Texas native revealed that Mark 8 from the bible was his moment of clarity, inspiring him to join a ministry.
“Jesus says if anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me,” Smith stated, adding that this “form of self-denial is something I’m just not doing.”
“And country music, when I get up on a stage and just need glorification and need praise,” he said. “And if I don’t get it, then that means my career is not doing well. And so I’d work harder for that. I can’t reconcile those two things, y’all. I can’t, I can’t.”
“This is a new passion, a new focus, a new direction that I believe is going to allow me to focus more on individual people and their lives,” he said.
“Which is ultimately why I started music touring in the very beginning. This is an even more micro-focused position in that. I’m not going anywhere.”
Nearly four years after the devastating passing of Smith’s 3-year-old son, River, due to a drowning accident, came the announcement.
Smith honors his son by naming the “Like a River” tour after him, and it will launch in Wisconsin this Thursday before culminating on August 26.
Propelling to No. 49 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2016, Smith’s hit single “Backroad Song” spent a remarkable 16 weeks captivating its audience.