Wheelhouse Records hitmaker, Granger Smith, released his anticipated new single “Happens Like That” worldwide yesterday. As he told People.com, Granger recalled it happened like that when he first laid eyes on his wife Amber, an actress, when she auditioned for one of his music videos back in 2009. “When she walked in,” he says now, “that was it.” Not unexpectedly, she got the part. Fast-forward seven months later: The two were engaged – a natural finish for the song’s lyrics, as well. The couple is now parents to three children and their oldest, London, is her daddy’s biggest fan. Granger shared on his socials that she was the “First girl to know the words… #HappensLikeThat.”
Co-written by Tyler Hubbard (Florida Georgia Line), Jordan Schmidt, Justin Wilson and Andy Albert, the track is the debut off his upcoming album due out this fall. As told to Taste of Country about the collaborative environment in which the song was written, Granger says, “The neat thing about this group is that everybody is a lyricist. Some of the guys are better at the fast words, some of the guys are better at the deeper meaning of what the lines are, and some of the guys are better at the poetry of it, the singability of it,” he observes. “And everybody has different melodies in their heads, so you bring those melodies together and you get a pretty fun song.”
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Over the course of his groundbreaking career, Granger Smith has amassed a massive and rabid audience now known as “Yee Yee Nation” built through heavy touring and grassroots fan engagement. He now has a social media following of over 5.5 million and nearly 100,000,000 views on YouTube alone. Flagship artist on BBR Music Group’s Wheelhouse Records, Smith broke onto the national scene with Remington, an album that garnered him the No. 1 single “Backroad Song.” Smith was also awarded a BMI Country Award for writing, producing, publishing and performing “Backroad Song” and followed it with the Top 5 hit, “If The Boot Fits.” “Backroad Song” was One of the Top 10 Most Played country singles of 2016 according to Mediabase. Granger was nominated as Best New Country Artist for the 2017 iHeartRadio Awards and was included in the 2017 crop of artists honored during the CRS “New Faces” show. Smith plans to release his next full length album this fall. He will take a break from his national, headlining tour this fall to go on the road with Luke Bryan on the “Huntin’, Fishin’, And Lovin’ Every Day Tour.”