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    Watch Young Charles Kelley Sing Hootie and the Blowfish

    Last year, Charles Kelley got to join some of country’s finest for “Hold My Hand.” They started the 2017 CMA Awards with the Hootie and the Blowfish classic. Turns out, that was a dream come true for the singer.

    After that performance, 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 and we had to relive it. It’s that good.

    “I grew up idolizing Darius Rucker and his voice,” Kelley captioned the video. “Last night I got to share the CMA Awards stage with him and 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.

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