With seven top ten singles, three tours in Iraq and Kuwait to play for the American Soldiers, and three shows at the White House (including two performances for the President himself), Granger Smith is well on his way to leaving a large footprint on American music.
“Music is what I do,” says Granger. “If I can help someone get lost in the moment of a song long enough to forget the worries of the world, or long enough to remember what’s most important, then I’ve done my job.”
Since his early teens, the native Texan has been writing, singing and honing his craft as a musician. Granger taught himself to play the guitar at 14, using the booklet inside the case stashed in his closet which showed him where to put his fingers.
Granger’s musical contributions are not limited to exotic travels or remote locations. At 19, his work paid off by landing him a deal with EMI Music Publishing in Nashville. Granger followed his dream to what would be a five-year stay in Tennessee. “That experience at 19 years old was critical in developing who I am today as an artist,” says Granger. “I tried to soak in the craft of songwriting like a sponge from the older guys I was paired with. I credit so much of my learning to those mentors.”
Granger signed a new publishing contract with Universal South recording artist Phil Vassar in 2004 and returned home to the Lonestar State in order to ground himself as a Texas artist. A former member of the Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M, Granger re-enrolled at Texas A&M University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in between three album releases and performances across the state.
In 2006 he released "Livin' Like A Lonestar," which features "Colorblind," his first single and first top 10 on the Texas Music Chart. To develop his signature sound, Granger records and produces his albums in his own home studio with his own band. “The freedom to take our time in the studio with my own band is priceless,” says Granger.
In appreciation for his alma mater, Granger wrote "We Bleed Maroon," in 2007 which has been adopted as a modern day anthem for Aggie fans. Proceeds from the song go towards a scholarship fund for incoming students that show exceptional spirit. The song can be heard at all Texas A&M home football games, while the video plays on the jumbotron. “We Bleed Maroon” reached a new high, literally, when it was played on the Space Shuttle Discovery at the request of Astronaut Michael Fossum, a fellow Aggie, and the STS-124 Crew in 2008.
The reputation continued to grow with the 2009 launch of the highly anticipated "Don't Listen to the Radio"--ironically titled, considering it received more airplay than any other previously released album by Granger Smith. The title single held tight to its spot at #5 on the Texas Music Chart and remained in the top ten for 14 weeks. The follow up single, "Gypsy Rain" soon became the band's 3rd top 10 radio single in a row.
Smith showed a softer side of his songwriting when he released "I Almost Am" to radio in Feb of 2010. His then fiance, Amber (married in the same month) was featured in the music video which aired on GAC and CMT that year. The upbeat summertime single, "Superstitious 17" was followed by "5 More Minutes", written about his grandfather who was a pilot in WWII. It released in the fall of 2010 along with a riveting music video and proved to be one of the most sentimental, heartfelt songs on the year. The music video begged to ask the question, "If you had 5 more minutes with someone you love, what would you say? What would you do?"
2011 is proving once again to be the biggest year yet. With his newest self produced album entitled "Poets & Prisoners," we once again take a journey with Granger with a dynamic new record from one of Texas' favorite artists. Heart touching melodies, fresh and honest lyrics to fall in love with- all brought to you through warm lead vocals, soaring guitars, funky mandolin & thematic piano highlights. Once again, this project comes straight from Smith's home studio featuring all of his road players and is led by the lyrical honesty of the radio single, "Sleeping On The Interstate."
Granger is an adept presence – on stage and through the speaker – and with his continued rise in popularity, he will soon be a household name in music. But Granger insists he will always keep pushin' the pedal.
"I think that, five years down the road, I'll probably still be striving for something else that I'm not quite getting. I'm always looking towards the next step."