In a video posted to his social media accounts on Tuesday (April 11), Granger Smith announced that this summer’s tour will be his last. He shared that he is pursuing ministry, with intentions 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.
“This summer will be my last tour. I am so encouraged and hopeful and excited and joyful about the next chapter, but to a large extent, I have no idea what it will look like,” he shared. “I just want to glorify God the best way that I can. 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.”
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Smith shared that his final tour will be a celebration of his musical career thus far, and that fans can expect to hear older hits. His “Like A River” farewell tour begins April 13 and will run through Aug. 26, with more shows to be added in the coming weeks. Tour dates and tickets can be found at grangersmith.com.
He also announced that in conjunction with his life change, he will also release a memoir, Like a River: Finding the Faith and Strength to Move Forward After Loss and Heartache, on Aug. 1 via W Publishing Group, an imprint of Thomas Nelson.
“Getting here hasn’t been easy, and it hasn’t been quick,” Smith writes 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.”
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