For nearly 25 years, Granger Smith has been a constant touring presence throughout the country and as he embarks on a new chapter in his and his family’s life, he’s setting the stage for one final grand tour, as he announced today via his social media accounts.
In deciding to exit the music touring business, Granger reflects on why he’s making the change: “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.” He continues, “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.”
“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 am not going anywhere. I’m going to be here,” he added.
Granger Smith’s Like A River farewell tour begins this week on April 13 and runs through August 26. Tour dates and tickets can be found at his website and more shows will be announced in the coming weeks.
In addition to the tour announcement, Granger also announced his forthcoming memoir Like a River: Finding the Faith and Strength to Move Forward After Loss and Heartache on August 1, 2023 via W Publishing Group, an imprint of Thomas Nelson.
Getting here hasn’t been easy, and it hasn’t been quick,” writes Granger in the book’s opening chapter, in reference to his family’s journey through grief following the tragic passing of his young son, River. “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.”
It was important for Smith to bill his final music tour “Like A River,” the same title as his book, so that the heart behind his new direction would be clear. “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.”
Compelled by the call to ministry, Smith intends to serve his local church under the teaching, council 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.