'A New Direction for My Life' (Exclusive)
In tandem with the announcement, Smith also revealed on Tuesday that his upcoming memoir, Like a River: Finding the Faith and Strength to Move Forward After Loss and Heartache, will be released on Aug. 1. It'll follow his emotional journey through the ups and downs after River's death.
"I remember turning in the manuscript for the first time, and I called my wife Amber, and I said, 'Well, I'm about to send this manuscript out. There's no stopping it now.' Like, you can't put the toothpaste back into the tube," he recalls. "There's things in here that are extremely vulnerable. It's very personal. But the overwhelming feeling was that if my story could help others, then it's worth it, then it matters."
It was important to Smith that he bill his final music tour the same title as his book.
"I don't want the tour to end and then all of a sudden, 'Oh, now he's got a book,'" he says. "I just want it to be very cohesive to the sentimental side of what this journey has meant ?€” not even river in terms of my son, River, but just the life river that we're traveling right now. I feel like these last few years I've really learned to surrender and just go with the flow and stop fighting against the stream that I did for so long in the music business and in life."