Granger Smith returned to the stage for the first time since losing his three-year-old son, River, on Sunday (June 23rd) at Country LakeShake in Chicago. People.com reports that Granger debuted a new tattoo of his son's name on his arm, and he frequently mouthed the words “thank you” to the cheering crowd whenever possible.
His set included a somber performance of a song called “Heaven Bound Balloons,” after which Granger quickly walked off stage where someone could be seen putting their arm around him.
Today (Tuesday, June 25th), Granger and his family will visit the Dell Children’s Medical Center in Texas, where River was treated, to present a donation in the toddler’s honor. Funds were raised through the sale of a special T-shirt which was created in memory of River through Granger's Yee Yee apparel line.
River died on June 6th after drowning in the family swimming pool.