Country stars at the CMA Fest in Nashville, Tennessee, offered prayers for fellow singer Granger Smith, whose three-year-old son died in an accident. (June 10)
Granger Smith is back on Instagram with an emotional update, three months after the death of his son in a tragic accident.
“I haven’t said much on socials lately,” Smith wrote in his post Saturday. “It’s not that I don’t have anything to say, it’s more that most things just don’t seem important enough to share.”
The country singer’s 3-year-old son River drowned at the family home on June 6.
Since then, he explained, social media has become unimportant. “We all know that social media has become a mask … a highlight reel per say, that we can hide behind and appear to promote our best moments of our best days. Eh … that stuff doesn’t matter.”
Smith said these days, he prefers making videos for The Smiths YouTube channel, “because I can turn on the camera and talk like we’re just friends in the same room. No mask.” The videos follow the lives of his family, including daughter London, 7, and son Lincoln, 5.
He said he’s left the social media posting to his wife, Amber. “I’m blown away by her ability to be so real, raw and engaging in her captions and pictures. Once upon a time I had the way with words in our relationship, but now I’m letting her speak for us both. We certainly see the world with our masks off now.”
Smith is in the midst of a North American tour that takes him around the country through December. And he said he sees his fans differently now.
“Each night I find myself looking out at faces in our crowd and thinking about all the different stories … all the hidden struggles. We need each other.”
He closed by saying, “All that said, know this: Life is a storm. Realizing that makes it easier to be grateful for the rays of sunshine.”
When the couple announced River’s death, Smith said, “There has never been a more difficult moment for us than this.” Amber added to her own post, “Nothing can prepare a mother to deliver this kind of news.”
At the time, Smith also said, “Amber and I made the decision to say our last goodbyes and donate his organs so that other children will be given a second chance at life.”
Since then, the family has raised money in River’s name for the Dell Children’s Medical Center.
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