Granger Smith will always remember the date of Feb. 27, 2016 -- the day his "Backroad Song" topped the Billboard Country Airplay chart.
"It was a very special feeling," he reminisces. "For the first time, I was able to attain something that you could stamp on history in country music and say 'On this date, we had a No. 1 song.' I've got some plaques on the wall at home that are very special to me, which means if it never happens again in my career, I could tell my grandkids that it happened on that day.
Friends and fans joined Granger Smith on the second day of his "Granger Across Merica" tour, which included stops in Philadelphia, PA, Hartford, CT, Providence, RI, Boston, MA, Portsmouth, NH, East Rutherford, NJ, and New York, NY, to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.
Granger Smith closes out day one of his 48-hour, whirlwind "Granger Across Merica Pledge of Allegiance Tour Powered by Yee Yee Energy," which took him to seven states on Sunday. We finish the tour Monday, March 7, at Battery Park in New York City.
"I've always felt compelled to voice my love of this country," said Granger. "My granddad and so many countless others have fought for our freedom. That freedom allows us as Americans to pursue our dreams and I am proof they can come true. I feel blessed to have a platform that may inspire others to remember what this nation was founded on. I hope folks will join me in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance as a symbol of our thanks for those who defend our God-given rights."
Learn more about all the great stuff Granger has going on with the new album release. From the Today show, to Fox & Friends to the Merica Pledge of Allegiance Tour powered by Yee Yee Energy (yep, we got an energy drink now...Yee Yee!!)
Last fall, Smith was tagged as an iHeartRadio On the Verge artist, which meant a rapid increase in national airplay for “Backroad Song,” his pop-country ode to rural wanderlust and the first single from his May 2015 EP 4×4. The song moved more than 32,000 downloads in its first week, bowing at No. 4 on the Billboard Country Digital Songs chart and netting the singer his first Top 10 iTunes single.
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