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NextImg:Country star Granger Smith is saying goodbye to music career to pursue ministry


Country music singer and songwriter Granger Smith announced he will hit the road for one more tour before ending his music career.

Smith shared in a video posted to Facebook that he has "felt a strong desire to pursue ministry" and will serve his local church after this summer’s tour.

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"This summer will be my last tour," Smith said. "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. 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."

The singer-songwriter explained that he has been working on a book, Like a River, set to be released on Aug. 1.

The book will detail a spiritual encounter that Smith had with God following the drowning death of his son in 2019. It is described as "a triumphant story of new life birthed out of tragedy, [teaching] readers how to face their failures, confront their pain, and connect with God — the true source of life."

Granger Smith arrives at the 54th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Las Vegas.

In reflecting on his musical career and what the future might hold, Smith said he is excited to “focus more on individual people and their lives.”

"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," Smith said in a recent report. "This is an even more microfocused position in that. I'm not going anywhere."

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Smith recently made his acting debut in Moonrise, a film about a widowed country singer who is dealing with the loss of his wife, that was released on Pure Flix on Dec. 15.

The country artist’s final musical tour began April 13 and runs through Aug. 26.