Granger Smith Leaves Music Industry to Focus on Ministry

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Granger Smith Leaves Music Industry to Focus on Ministry

By Movieguide® Contributor

Country star Granger Smith recently announced that he wants to pursue a new direction in life, becoming a pastor. 

Smith said he was “excited” about his decision to get more heavily involved with his local ministry. 

“Being a musician was never a prison, but this is a new passion, a new focus, a new direction that I believe is going to allow me to focus more on individual people and their lives, which is ultimately why I started music touring in the very beginning,” he explained. “This is an even more micro-focused position in that. I’m not going anywhere.”

The musician said he was expecting a few different reactions to the news. 

“The first group will say, ‘Oh, praise God, that’s amazing. What an example.’ The second group’s going to say, ‘Oh no, I’m going to miss your music. I’m going to miss your touring.’ The third group is going to say, ‘Oh, go follow your little sky God. You’re probably just making money that we don’t know about as a preacher.’ Then the fourth group is going to go, ‘Granger who? No one cares,’” Smith laughed. 

Smith is now working towards a master’s degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. 

This isn’t the only big news in Smith’s life. He’s also getting ready to release his first book, “Like a River: Finding the Faith and Strength to Move Forward After Loss and Heartache.” the book will follow his journey as he grieved the loss of his son River, who died in a tragic drowning accident in 2019. 

“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,” he shared. 


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