Billboard Announces John Michael Montgomery’s Retirement from Touring

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John Michael Montgomery is saying goodbye to life on the road.

The “Life’s a Dance” hitmaker revealed via his official Facebook page on Monday (Jan. 1), that his 2024-2025 tour dates will serve as his farewell tour as he winds down his touring career.

“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,” Montgomery recalled in his Facebook post.



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“It amazes me where it is today,” he added. “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.”

Montgomery’s post did not state a specific reason for his decision to wind down his touring. A representative for Montgomery did not respond to a request for comment. Currently, Montgomery has concerts slated for 2024 in January, March, April, May and October.

The Kentucky native made his breakthrough with the 1993 top 5 Hot Country Songs hit “Life’s a Dance,” and won the Country Music Association’s Horizon Award in 1994.

He would go on to add seven No. 1 Hot Country Songs hits to his resume, starting with the three-week No. 1 “I Love the Way You Love Me.” His romantic ballad, “I Swear,” became a four-week Hot Country Songs hit No. 1 in 1994 and crossed over onto the all-genre Hot 100, reaching No. 42. The song won a CMA Award for single of the year, and nabbed Montgomery a Grammy nomination for best male country vocal performance. R&B group All-4-One recorded a version of the song, taking it to No. 1 on the Hot 100.

Montgomery’s hits have also included “Be My Baby Tonight,” “The Little Girl,” “I Can Love You Like That,” and “Sold (The Grundy County Auction).” His highest-charting Hot 100 crossover song was the 2004 military-inspired hit “Letters From Home.”

Additionally, musical talent runs in the Montgomery family. As a child, Montgomery and his brother, Eddie Montgomery, played music together. Eddie would go on to also find massive country music success as half of the duo Montgomery Gentry. John Michael recently celebrated the next generation of familial country music success, watching as his son, Walker Montgomery, recently made his debut on the Grand Ole Opry.

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