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Country singer Hardy utilized a recent concert to honor a military family in an incredibly special way. Not only did he bring the Kelly family on stage during his performance to honor America's armed forces and their families, but he had a secret surprise up his sleeve that had to have brought everyone in the audience to tears. After 400 days overseas, Richard Kelly was there to actually greet his loved ones in person which proved to be an emotional reunion. Hardy posted the entire thing on social media, beginning with an explanation of what was about to happen.
"We made his family think that they've won like a VIP thing where they get to hang out backstage," Hardy explained in an Instagram clip.
"But little do they know, at the end of 'Give Heaven Some Hell,' I'm gonna give a little speech about our military, and that we're honoring this family. I'm gonna have them walk out to the front and wave to everybody...and then we're gonna sneak him out and surprise them onstage and it's gonna be awesome. I've never been more nervous in my life to do anything."
While fans were blown away by the heartwarming moment, numerous country artists commented on the social media post as well --
Miranda Lambert: 🙌❤️😢
Thomas Rhett: "Man this is incredible"
Raelynn: "So sweet!"
Dierks Bentley: "So awesome"
Travis Denning: "Absolutely damn awesome"
Hardy first got his start in Nashville as a songwriter for all of the biggest country music stars from Florida Georgia Line to CMT winner Blake Shelton. After releasing his debut album A Rock in 2020, he set out on tour in 2021. This year he'll also be making a special guest appearance during Jason Aldean's Back in the Saddle Tour.