A brand new calling. Granger Smith introduced that his upcoming Like a River tour will be his last before he transitions to ministry.
“This message is so tough to submit. The phrases for this caption are so onerous to search out. Not as a result of I don’t imagine within the reality of them, however as a result of this marks the top of the longest period in my life! Touring … 24 years of it,” the nation singer, 43, wrote by way of Instagram on Tuesday, April 11. “This summer season shall be my final tour. I’m so inspired and hopeful and excited and joyful concerning the subsequent chapter, however to a big extent, I do not know what it can appear to be.”
He continued: “I simply need to glorify God one of the best ways that I can. I need to study and develop and serve my native church and permit my pastors to equip and affirm these subsequent steps. Lord prepared, I need to be used to assist folks discover their objective.”
The “Backroad Tune” performer explained his decision further by way of an Instagram video, including, “This doesn’t imply I’m going to begin a church or a campaign or a revival. … And nation music, after I rise up on a stage and simply want glorification and want reward. And if I don’t get it, then meaning my profession is just not doing nicely. And so, I’d work tougher for that. I can’t reconcile these two issues, y’all. I can’t, I can’t.”
Smith clarified that he shall be serving his church close to Austin, Texas. The announcement comes almost 4 years after the musician’s 3-year-old son, River, tragically died in a drowning accident.
“I’ve to ship unthinkable information,” the BMI Award winner, who shared River with wife Amber Smith, wrote by way of Instagram in 2019. “We’ve misplaced our youngest son, River Kelly Smith. Following a tragic accident, and regardless of physician’s greatest efforts, he was unable to be revived. Amber and I made the choice to say our final goodbyes and donate his organs in order that different kids shall be given a second probability at life. Our household is devastated and heartbroken, however we take solace in understanding he’s along with his Heavenly Father.”
The Texas native added: “Riv was particular. Everybody that met him knew that instantly. The enjoyment he delivered to our lives can’t be expressed and his gentle shall be without end in our hearts. If there are phrases to say extra, I can’t discover them on this second. Love those near you. There has by no means been a tougher second for us than this.”
The couple, who tied the knot in 2010, also share kids London, 11, Lincoln, 9, and Maverick, 20 months. After their son’s passing, they created The River Kelly Fund to deliver funding to quite a lot of causes, including children in need and wildlife preservation.