Harry Styles, formerly of the hit pop group One Direction, gave a sold-out Nashville crowd some major chills on Sept. 25, when he took to the Ryman Auditorium stage, and crooned a popular country group’s ballad.

The 23-year-old British heartthrob put his own spin on Little Big Town’s award-winning hit, “Girl Crush,” from their 2014 sixth studio album, “Pain Killer.”

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In the video above, Harry takes center stage dressed in a suit. He is met with wild cheers at the highest decibel levels as he strums on an acoustic guitar and passionately belts out the soulful, slow ballad with the help of some stunning harmony vocals. Midway through the tune a guitar player delivers a sexy solo before Harry finishes off the lyrics with his own dreamy vocals.

Interestingly enough, this isn’t the first time that Harry has channeled the country tune penned by Nashville-based songwriters Lori McKenna, Hillary Lindsey and Liz Rose. As previously reported, he also sang the song back in August, as part of a taping for BBC in Manchester, England.

Harry’s performance at the venue known as the Mother Church of Country Music was the third stop on his first-ever solo tour. However, according to one Twitter user, he told the crowd that the Music City date was the reason he planned the trek in the first place.

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Although Little Big Town didn’t join Harry onstage, they will return to the historic venue on Nov. 27, as part of for their yearlong residency at the Ryman.

And, for those who didn’t catch Harry at the Ryman, have no fear, because he’ll return in the summer of 2018 to play a concert at Nashville’s much larger Bridgestone Arena. Watch the clip above to see Harry’s intoxicating version of LBT’s “Girl Crush.”

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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