When Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley was just a kid, he dreamed of being a singer. So he did what any kid would do, he got his friends together in a band and covered the song “Hold My Hand” by one of his favorite singers, Darius Rucker, who at the time was the front man for the rock band Hootie and the Blowfish—before making a solo move to country.
Fast forward 10 or 15 years later and Charles Kelley finds himself, with his band members Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood, performing that same song on the stage of the 51st Annual CMA Awards with… you guessed it, Darius Rucker. To top it off, they were joined by Keith Urban and more than 20 of today’s hottest country stars, including Tim McGraw, Little Big Town, Reba, Garth Brooks, Kelsea Ballerini, Brooks & Dunn, Faith Hill, Luke Bryan, Thomas Rhett, making it a massive all-star event.
And to think, the lead up to that moment started back in the early ’90s when a teenage boy was playing with his band, upstairs in his childhood bedroom. You just never know.
The 36-year-old posted the inspiring video on Twitter with the caption that read, “Dreams do come true. #CMAawards #TBT.” The moral of the story? Never give up.