Country music star says he’s leaving the industry because ‘knowing Jesus’ is the ‘treasure’ of his life

When Granger Smith performed his last country music concert on Saturday, he revealed the “real reason” he’s leaving the industry. It’s because “knowing Jesus” and sharing his knowledge of Jesus with others is the “treasure of my life,” Smith said, according to Fox News. “And I want you to know this, so you can have him as your treasure too.” Smith has now completed his final country music tour “Live a River” and is pursuing a master’s degree at Southern Baptist Theological Se

'A New Direction for My Life' (Exclusive)

Granger Smith is ready to embark on a new chapter. On Tuesday, the musician announced on his social media pages that he's leaving country music in order to focus on ministry at his local church outside of Austin, Texas. When his upcoming Like a River tour — named for his 3-year-old son River who died after a tragic drowning accident in 2019 — kicks off April 13, it will serve as his farewell. Speaking to PEOPLE exclusively about the decision, Smith says that he's "excited" to pour himself into his

Granger Smith holds true to the 'Country Things' he loves in his just-announced album and its title track

Granger Smith boils life down to its essentials on “Country Things,” the just-released title track of a new double album he’s got in the works. The first half of that project, Country Things Vol. 1, will be out on September 25. In the eight-song first chapter, Granger offers a look into his family life today. It’s been a difficult time period for Granger and his wife, Amber: Just a little over a year ago, they lost their 2-year-old son, River, in a tragic accidental drowning.

Granger Smith Announces New Two-Part Album, 'Country Things'

Granger Smith has new music on the way! The country star announced his plans to release a new two-part album dubbed Country Things, with the first half arriving on September 25. Country Things Vol. 1 will offer fans a look into the Smith family's life after the tragic passing of River Smith, who drowned in their backyard pool in June of 2019. Music has been a big part of the grieving and healing process for Granger, which he says will be reflected on this project.

Granger Smith Celebrates ‘Country Things’ With New Album

Granger Smith announced on Friday (Aug. 28) that he's releasing a two-part album honoring all the Country Things in his life. Country Things, Vol. 1 will feature eight tracks, including the previously released "That's Why I Love Dirt Roads" along with "Hate You Like I Love You" and the title track.