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Here's why this child will never forget Keith Urban Al Wagner/Invision/AP
Keith Urban performs at the CMA Music Festival at Nissan Stadium on Sunday, June 12, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Al Wagner/Invision/AP)

With a career spanning more than a decade, country music star Keith Urban continues to go out of his way by putting smiles on his fans’ faces.

The 2016 CMA entertainer of the year nominee, who’s been bringing high-adrenaline packed performances to big arenas all over, recently gave one young boy a lasting impression when he handed him the most ultimate gift ever — his guitar.

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It all happened on Aug. 26, during the country crooner’s concert at the BB&T Pavilion in Camden, New Jersey. Twelve-year-old Rocco Alessandro, along with his parents, Beth Canalichio and Nick Alessandro, were in the crowd. Rocco was holding up a neon green sign, which read, “Hi Mr. Keith, I’m just learning to play!!! guitar!!!”

“I’ve always wanted to play electric guitar,” Rocco tells “Delaware State News.” “The night before [the concert] I couldn’t sleep because I was trying to figure out what to write on my sign.”

Lucky for Rocco, what he wrote on the poster caught Keith’s attention. As you can see in this video, Keith is jamming out to his hit song “You Look Good In My Shirt.” He stops to shine up his instrument with a towel, and then trades out his towel for a sharpie. After putting his signature on his electric guitar, he scans the audience for one lucky fan. That’s when Rocco got ready to make his move.

“Delaware State News” reports that Rocco got a little bit of help from another fan in the audience who lifted the kid up on his shoulders. Keith got offstage, noticed the boy with the poster and gave him his instrument.

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“I didn’t feel anything because I was so shocked,” Rocco said. “I held onto the guitar so tight, it hurt my hands. I was very happy. I was tickled because my mom wouldn’t stop crying.”

Nashville-based writer and Rare Country contributor Melinda Lorge has always been passionate about country music. Follow her @MelindaLorge and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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