Watch Young Charles Kelley Sing Hootie and the Blowfish

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On Wednesday night, Charles Kelley got to join some of country’s finest for “Hold My Hand.” They started the CMA Awards with the Hootie and the Blowfish classic. That was a dream come true for the singer.

One day after the epic CMA Awards opening, Kelley shared a throwback video of himself as a young guy. In the clip, Kelley sings “Hold My Hand” into a microphone. He has a bowl cut — and a backup band. It’s an epic home video.

“I grew up idolizing @dariusrucker and his voice,” Kelley captioned the video. “Last night I got to share the @cma #cmaawards stage with him & so many other amazing artists. And I get to call him one of my best friends. Great end to the year for me. And on another note look at those mic stand moves I had at age 14!”

Kelley has been preparing for that CMA Awards moment for years — and he nailed it.

In case you missed it, the 2017 CMA Awards started with a beautiful rendition of “Amazing Grace” by Eric Church. Then the award show slowly transitioned when Keith Urban and Rucker started “Hold My Hand.” The epic opening eventually ended with Kelsea Ballerini, Reba McEntire, Garth Brooks, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw joined together to finish the classic song.

Did you miss the 2017 CMA Awards? See our favorite moments and some of the best red carpet looks.

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