Chapel Hart Earns Multiple Standing Ovations During Opry Debut
Chapel Hart is fresh off their America’s Got Talent (AGT) experience where they earned a Golden Buzzer from the judges…
Chapel Hart; Photo by Chris Hollo, Grand Ole Opry
Chapel Hart is fresh off their America’s Got Talent (AGT) experience where they earned a Golden Buzzer from the judges and made it all the way to the show’s finale. They kept their momentum going when they returned to Nashville to make their Grand Ole Opry debut on Saturday (Sept. 18).
The Mississippi-born trio made up of sisters Danica and Devynn Hart and their cousin Trea Swindle took to Twitter to share a glimpse of this memorable night that earned them a standing ovation from the audience.
“The say that good things come in 3s…genie’s wishes, Chapel Hart, and @opry standing ovations!!! #TheMagicNumber,” they wrote.
They were introduced by “Miss Country Soul” Jeannie Seely, who also celebrated a milestone that night. Seely was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on Sept. 16, 1967, making her a member of 55 years. In performing a few of their original songs such as “American Pride” and “You Can Have Him Jolene,” one audience member noted how Chapel Hart played a key role in creating a “surreal and magical” night. He added, “Three of poplarville’s daughters bringing the house to tears with a message of community”
These original songs were a huge part in their AGT journey as they auditioned with their Dolly-inspired track and fought through vocal issues to sing their patriotic anthem in the finals.
“We didn’t make it halfway through the song. The first notes started and we started boo-hooing on America’s Got Talent before the song even started, so tonight we want to dedicate this to the men and women who lay it all on the line day in and day out,” Danica told the Opry crowd, before showing their gratitude towards and all military members in the Opry House audience that night.
For their last performance on the singing competition show, the trio was joined on stage by country superstar Darius Rucker to perform a rendition of Bonnie Raitt’s “Something to Talk About.”
Rucker has previously shown his support for Chapel Hart and recently revealed that they will be featured on the track “Ol’ Church Hymn” off his upcoming album.
“First of all, you get a message from Darius Rucker on social media and you think, ‘These darn spam folks,’ but then you see there’s a blue checkmark!” Swindle told Billboard. “He said, ‘I have this song and I think I hear you guys doing the harmonies. Y’all just take it and do Chapel Hart. I’d love to work with you. So we took it and Chapel Harted it right up, put down the vocals and sent it to the producer. We were waiting for the response and the producer just goes, ‘Got it, thanks.’
She continued, sharing their shock when they found out Rucker’s reaction to their version of the unreleased song.
“We were like, ‘Oh, maybe he didn’t like it as much as we thought,’ but then two weeks later, we get a message from Darius and he’s like, ‘OMG, what in the world?! I just heard this.’ He didn’t change a thing and said, ‘I want this to be a feature, a collaboration.’ Just to see him be so excited about that, when for so long we’ve just wanted to show people who we are — he definitely gave us an opportunity and championed us as artists.”
Towards the end of their set in the historic circle, Chapel Hart revealed that they will be returning to the Opry on Oct. 8.
They have already released two albums, their debut Out The Mud and its follow-up, The Girls Are Back in Town, and on Sept. 30, they will cross another goal off their bucket list when their collaboration with Rucker drops.
Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.