American country singer John Michael Montgomery shocked his devoted fans with his New Year’s post on social media, announcing his impending retirement from touring.
Known for hits including I Swear, I Love The Way You Love Me, I Can Love You Like That and more, Montgomery has been touring for decades. He released his most recent album, Time Flies, in 2008.
On the 2nd of January, Montgomery took to Facebook to announce that his shock farewell tour would take place throughout this year and 2025.
“HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! I hope everyone enjoyed bringing in 2024 and may it be a wonderful one for all my friends out there,” he began. “For me it will be the start of my farewell tour as I have decided to wind down my touring career over this year and 2025.”
In a reflective statement, Montgomery continued, “It’s been a wonderful run for me from the beginning over 30 years ago in 1992 when my first song LIFE’s A DANCE was released to radio I think either as a 45 vinyl or on a cassette tape, CDs had not quite taken over the market yet and the internet was still in its infancy. It amazes me where it is today.
“I’ve been fortunate and blessed to be able to do what I love for so many years so please join me on my journey as I say goodbye to the road life. And thanks so much for your support for the last 3 decades, it’s meant so much me.
“Take care and see ya out there, love you all! From me and my road family, sincerely; John Michael Montgomery”.
Montgomery didn’t reveal what led to his decision to step back from touring.
However, life on the road hasn’t always been glamorous for Montgomery and his crew – in September 2022, the singer’s tour bus overturned in Jellico, Tennessee, while on the way to a show in North Carolina. He suffered broken ribs and cuts, while other passengers were also injured.
At the time of writing, Montgomery’s farewell tour will stop in Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Texas, Ohio and Kansas.