Granger Smith is a country music artist from Dallas, Texas and has been crossing over into mainstream country music for the past few years. His most famous single is “Backroads Song”, but you might also recognize him as his funny alter-ego “Earl Dibbles Jr”.
So how did Texas-born actress Amber Emily Bartlett become Smith’s wife? Well the pair met on the shoot of a music video of course!
Bartlett graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2005 with a B.A. in Broadcast Communication/News and a Minor in Sociology and began acting the following year, landing a spot in an unknown film titled All the Boys Love Mandy Lane. The films Bartlett is known best for include Beneath the Darkness (2011), Monsterwolf (2010) and Hot Air (2016).
The actress met Smith on his music video shoot and the pair were married in 2010. Below is a picture that Bartlett posted in the early days of their relationship.
However don’t think it was all romance in the beginning. Smith actually describes how he met his wife as a bit “creepy” because it was through an unsolicited message on Facebook that started with a Craigslist post!
In 2009, Smith posted an ad on Craigslist in search of a leading lady for his “Don’t Listen to the Radio” video and Bartlett was one of the women that responded. This was before Smith was known in the music industry so the ad just said “Country singer looking for female girlfriend for music video role”.
“We went to a hotel conference room and they came in one at a time. They would talk for a second and then I would take a picture with them, like a prom date picture,” Smith recalls.
However, Bartlett didn’t respond to the Craigslist post and Smith choose one of the girls from the hotel for the role. Later that evening Smith was having regrets about his decision and got on Facebook. The famous social media platform suggested Bartlett as “someone you might know” and Smith saw her picture and messaged her about the music video. Needless to say, she said yes and the rest is history!
Watch the fateful video below that started it all!