Who Is Granger Smith? The Country Singer Just Experienced a Tragic Loss

Granger Smith’s 3-year-old son River has died. The country singer made the heartbreaking announcement on Thursday via Twitter and Instagram.

“I have to deliver unthinkable news,” the 39-year-old wrote. “We’ve lost our youngest son, River Kelly Smith. Following a tragic accident and despite doctor’s best efforts, he was unable to be revived.”

Smith went on to say that he and his wife Amber made the decision to “say our last goodbyes and donate his organs so that other children will be given a second chance at life.”

“[W]e take solace in knowing he is with his Heavenly Father,” Smith wrote. “Riv was speciaal. Everyone that met him knew that immediately. The joy he brought to our lives cannot be expressed and his light will be forever in our hearts … There has never been a more difficult moment for us than this.”

The family asked that donations be made to Dell Children’s Medical Center in River’s name in lieu of flowers or gifts. No further details about River’s death were disclosed.

Smith is known as a family man

Smith and his wife — who he met on the set of one of his music videos and married in 2010 — have documented their family life extensively on social media. In addition to River, they have two other children, a daughter named London, age 7, and a son named Lincoln, age 5.

Just a few weeks ago, the family celebrated River’s third birthday, with Amber gushing about her “fearless, tractor and Lightning McQueen loving, red-headed, dare devil!” Other recent posts featured Lincoln’s graduation from pre-kindergaten and the family’s adventures on tour, and both Amber and Granger often share images of the entire family hanging out at their Texas home.

He’s been recording professionally since college

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Granger Smith at the 54th Academy of Country Music Awards on April 07, 2019 in Las Vegas | Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

The Texas-born Smith cut his first professional album, Waiting on Forever, in 1998, when he was a freshman at Texas A&M. But it took more than a decade for him to achieve major success in the music business. He moved to Nashville, worked as a songwriter, and continued to write and record. His big break finally arrived in 2015, when his EP 4×4 hit No. 6 on the country albums chart and one of the tracks, “Backroad Song,” became a top 10 single. The song also won him a BMI Country Award.

Smith’s eighth album, Remington,was his first for a major label. It included the single “If the Boot Fits,” which reached No. 80 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 14 on the Hot Country chart. His ninth album, When the Good Guys Win, came out in 2017. The same year, he was nominated for Best New Country Artist at the iHeartRadio Music Awards. A film, They Were There, a Hero’s Documentary, came out in 2018, along with an accompanying soundtrack album of Smith’s songs.

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