Chapel Hart Invited To Make Opry Debut After Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn Respond To ‘AGT’ Audition

After winning over millions of fans with their standout America’s Got Talent (AGT) audition, rising country trio Chapel Hart caught…


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July 24, 2022


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Chapel Hart; Photo Courtesy America’s Got Talent

After winning over millions of fans with their standout America’s Got Talent (AGT) audition, rising country trio Chapel Hart caught the attention of legends like Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn. Now, they have been invited to perform on country music’s most famous stage – the Grand Ole Opry. 

Following the trio’s performance of “You Can Have Him Jolene” on AGT, they were surprised with an invitation to make their Opry debut. 

“Ya know what would be the icing on this triple layer German chocolate cake of a day? If the @opry invited us to sing there,” Chapel Hart wrote on Instagram. 

The Opry was quick to respond and more than delivered with a photo of a German Chocolate Cake inside the iconic Opry circle. The date August 20th with a question mark was written on the cake. 

“Triple layer? Opry Debut August 20th?,” the Grand Ole Opry responded. 

Chapel Hart was blown away by the invitation. 

“IS THIS REAL LIFE?!?! We graciously accept…as soon as we pick our jaws up off of the floor,” they wrote. 

Unfortunately, when they checked their calendar, the group realized they were already booked for August 20. 

“Y’all, we were so excited we jumped the gun!!! We said yes, and we were already obligated for that date! @opry, now we’ve baked y’all a cake…Whaddya say? Sep. 17?,” they wrote alongside a cake with the date September 17 and a question mark written on it in icing. 

Luckily, things worked out for trio as the Opry replied, “See y’all September 17th!”

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Chapel Hart, comprised of sisters Danica and Devynn Hart and their cousin Trea Swindle, performed “You Can Have Him Jolene,” a response to Dolly Parton’s “Jolene,” in front of judges Simon Cowell, Sofía Vergara, Heidi Klum, and Howie Mandel and host Terry Crews. It’s safe to say their audition left a lasting impression. 

Chapel Hart; Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC
Chapel Hart; Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC

Their performance earned a golden buzzer and raked in millions of views upon its release. 

Chapel Hart will now advance to the live rounds of the hit show. 

America’s Got Talent airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on NBC.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.