Granger Smith is an American country singer and songwriter. He is also known as his alternative personality – Earl Dibbles Jr. He has been active in the music scene for over two decades now and has released nine studio albums, a live album, and an EP over the course of his career in singing. He has also performed at the White House on three occasions and once performed for the soldiers in Iraq back in 2008.
Who is Granger Smith? Age
Born as Granger Kelly Smith on the 4th of September 1979 in Dallas, Texas, the country singer was raised in Dallas and he grew up alongside his brothers, Parker and Tyler. He attended Lake Highlands High School in Dallas and when he was only 14, he began to gain interest in music. He started to learn how to play the guitar all by himself. And even though he initially did that to gain the attention of the female folk in school, it would turn out to be his future passion.
Smith’s inspiration to sing and play the guitar came from legendary country singer George Strait. However, it wasn’t all about singing and the guitar back in high school as he was also a member of his high school football team. After graduating from high school, he went on to attend Texas A&M and subsequently graduated from the university with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History.
It was during his time in college that he dropped his first studio album, in 1998. At the time of the release of Waiting on Forever, Smith was only 19 years of age. The album brought the young talent enough recognition for EMI Music Publishing to come knocking at the door. He agreed to a deal with the songwriting company, which prompted his move to Nashville.
While in Nashville, Smith was learning to write and record music and at the same time, he performed in clubs and bars. He also played the guitar as a backup for some artists, all which were local. After about five years of living in Nashville, he decided to move back to Texas.
By 2006, he had released three more albums. He released Memory Rd. in 2004, Pockets of Pesos in 2005 and Livin’ Like a Lonestar the following year. Each of his albums was successful and they each sold better than the previous one. He continued to grow and wax famous and in 2008, he made his first performance at the White House during George W. Bush administration. He also made a trip down to the middle east to perform for the United States troops deployed in Iraq and Kuwait.
The next year he released his fifth studio album titled Don’t Listen to the Radio and in 2011, he released his sixth album, Posts & Prisoners. However, it was his seventh studio album that took the world by storm, the album which he titled Dirt Road Driveway, dropped in 2013 and it ranked as fifteenth on the Billboard US Country Chart. The album also ranked eleventh on the US Indie Chart.
In 2015, Smith announced that he signed a record label deal with Broken Bow Records. The following year, he dropped his eighth studio album and his most successful of his albums, titled Remington. The album topped the US Top Country Albums Chart on its debut on the chart. In 2017, he dropped his ninth album, When the Good Guys Win.
Granger Smith has a net worth estimated to be around a region of $6million. Majority of his earnings comes from his music career which spans for over two decades. Part of his earning comes from endorsements and adverts.
The country singer and Songwriter is married to an American actress known as Amber Emily Bartlett. The couple first met in one of Smith’s music video shoot in 2009. They dated for a couple of months and tied the knot on February 11, 2010. Emily Barlett has since featured in several of his music videos.
Bartlett was born on November 16, 1981, in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas. She is best known for her role in films like Monsterwolf, Hot Air and Beneath the Darkness. She graduated with a bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Communication/News from the University of Texas in 2005. She has a net worth of $250,000.
The couple’s union have produced three kids. In 2011, the couple announced the birth of their first child, London Smith. On January 7, 2014, their second child was born, Lincoln Monarch Smith and the third, River Kelly Smith was conceived on May 16, 2016.
Other Facts About Granger Smith
- Granger Smith is Earl Dibbles Jr.
- He has performed in the White House on three occasions.
- He is a father of three.
- He taught himself to play the guitar when he was 14.