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"I cannot rest from travel: I will drink Life to the lees." — Alfred Tennyson Still in his 20s, he’s played all over the world – two tours in Europe, two tours in Iraq and Kuwait for the American Soldiers, and two shows at the White House, including a performance for President Bush. Granger Smith will never say he didn’t “live life to the lees.” “Music is what I do,” says Smith. “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.” Granger’s musical contributions are not limited to the exotic travels or remote locations. Since his early teens, the native Texan has been writing, singing and honing his craft as a musician. At 19, his work paid off by landing him a deal with EMI Music Publishing in Nashville. Smith, a former member of the Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M, followed his dream on 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.” In 2004, upon signing a new publishing contract with Universal South recording artist, Phil Vassar, Granger was given the freedom to return to Texas and rediscover himself as an artist. He re-entered the Texas market and re-enrolled at Texas A&M University. Over the next two years, Smith released three albums and received his bachelor’s degree from A&M – all while tearing up the Texas highways on the way to his next show. As an aid to developing his signature sound, Smith recorded and produced his most recent albums in his own 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, Smith also wrote the song “We Bleed Maroon,” with proceeds going to a scholarship fund for incoming students with exceptional spirit. Smith reflects, “I realized that I hadn’t written a song about the thing I know the most about, which is being an Aggie.” The song is adopted as a modern day anthem for Aggie fans and can be heard on game day with the video playing on the jumbotron at all Texas A&M home football games. On May 31, 2008, “We Bleed Maroon” reached a new high, literally, when traveling on the Space Shuttle Discovery at the request of Astronaut Michael Fossum, a fellow Aggie, and the STS-124 Crew. Granger is an adept presence – on stage and through the speaker – and with the continued rise of popularity, he will soon be recognized throughout America. However, the imminent question must be asked: Is the world ready for Granger Smith?
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Average Rating : 0              Total Reviews: 106

Granger Smith  03/29/2006            
Granger Smith  02/24/2006            
I used to be at "the dancehall" every Saturday night back in the day, and consider myself a pretty good connoisseur of country music. Let me tell you Granger, I have never heard anything as good as your music. I can only wish that one day I will be able to hear you live!! You are absolutely my favorite country artist of all time!
Granger Smith  02/24/2006            
In an industry where genuine country music is hard to find, Granger, you put it back on the map! I remember growing up listening to pure country music and was heartbroken about this new country until I found your music. Granger, listen to me when I say you are incredible! I can't wait to hear more!
Granger Smith  02/24/2006            
What has country music come to? Why does anyone country music artist today even put out music when there is Granger Smith. Granger Smith epitomizes the meaning of pure country music. If you want the best, you got the best! Granger, I pray that I might have the sincere priveledge of meeting you one day. Keep up the good work and God Bless!!
Granger Smith  01/08/2006            
Watch Granger become a really big name in country music. His music is the kind you can't get out of your head and find yourself humming all day long. He's going places!
Granger Smith  01/04/2006            
Granger is one heck of an artist combining good old fashioned toe tapping country with smart lyrics. If you haven't heard of him yet, you will soon!
Granger Smith  11/15/2005            
I missed you guys at the Texas Country Music Fest. Hope to see you soon in the Austin area. Glad to see your playing a Larrivee! Keep it up...
Granger Smith  10/21/2005            
Great band! Keep up the good work.
Granger Smith  10/18/2005            
I am just giving Granger a hard time. We all know he doesn't swing that way (not that it is bad if he did). He is quite the ladies man. I just needed a good giggle. Your friend, Mike
Granger Smith  10/18/2005            
Well, where do I begin...I love this kid like a brother, probably even more than that. It started way back a couple of years ago. I caught Granger doing his thing in College Station one night. I introduced myself and told him of my affections toward him. Luckily, the bar was nearly empty, so we drank a few drinks, had many laughs, and gradually familiarized ourselves with one another. Wouldn't you know it, we are both huge Elton John fans. As the night unfolded and I woke up in the bed with Mr. Smith the next morning, we began our journey together with social commentary. I encouraged Granger to come out, for our community can never have too many public voices. He said it was not the right time. We have since parted ways, so I do not know if he is still in the closet, but I do know that he is an ally. Granger is a hero because he represents all that is good with the gay community. He is very open minded, so check him out if you get the chance. I still love you and will miss you, Michael
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