WATCH: Trio Chapel Hart Earns Golden Buzzer on “America’s Got Talent” in Emotional Moment
America learned what country music has known for a while now on Tuesday night – family trio Chapel Hart is golden.
Chapel Hart, comprised of sisters Danica and Devlyn Hart and cousin Trea Swindle, is part of CMT’s Next Women of Country class of 2021.
The Mississippi natives appeared on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” this week and wowed so much that judges Simon Cowell, Sofía Vergara, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel and host Terry Crews gave the women a coveted golden buzzer. This move propelled Chapel Hart directly to the live shows.
When the buzzer sounded, gold confetti fell from the ceiling, the women cried and Swindle was so emotionally overcome that she fell to her knees on stage.
The women performed their original song “You Can Have Him, Jolene,” a follow-up to Dolly Parton’s beloved classic “Jolene.” Danica previously told CMT the song was inspired by a shirt that Devlyn wore to their video shoot for their cover of Parton’s “9 to 5.”
“Devlyn had on a shirt that read, ’You can have him, signed Jolene,'” Danica said. “I had to stop and say, ’That’s a statement.’ If you think about that idea, it’s like, ’Who does this heifer think she is to take somebody, then turn around, and tell him that she can have him back?’ So I thought, ’What if we wrote a song from the other perspective, where the woman [who loses her partner] in ’Jolene’ is okay with losing him.”
“We’ve been trying to break into Nashville for the last couple of years, but it’s been kind of hard when I think country music doesn’t always look like us,” Danica — who, like Devynn and Trea, is Black — explained through tears, as Devynn sweetly wiped her face. To that, Simon asserted, “Sometimes you’ve just got to break that door down, and you may have just broken down the door with that performance.” Judge Howie Mandel added, “You say country music doesn’t look like you? That is your win. Because you are going to be the original.”
The "Jolene" spin off even got love from Dolly Parton HERSELF!
Check out our interview with Chapel Hart HERE