Black country music trio Chapel Hart is on the rise

Chapel Hart, a country music trio, are breaking down barriers Source: Jeff Kravitz/Getty

SPerforming their hit song “You Can Have Him Jolene,” Chapel Hart stole the show during a recent appearance on “America’s Got Talent.” Devynn Hart, Danica Hart and Trea Swindle (pronounced tree) recently spoke with CASSIUS about the iconic moment of creation and their journey through the world of country music. Their appearance on “America’s Got Talent” made history.

Accounts at the time indicate that the judges had already given out their individual golden buzzers. But the judges were blown away by Chapel Hart. They unanimously gave them a golden buzzer. Simon Cowell, known for his toughness, called the band’s performance “fantastic” and “brilliant”. He even signaled that the band might be heading for a record deal.

The good news continued to flow as the group also celebrated their album “The Girls Are Back in Town”, reaching number one on the iTunes Country charts. Named after their hometown of Hart’s Chapel, Mississippi, the trio talked about wanting to be the representation they didn’t see growing up.

“We are here to bring people together with great music. It’s about having a good time and good music,” Swindle told CASSIUS.

Part of CMT’s Next Women of Country class of 2021, the trio has earned praise from country music greats Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton.

Parton was thrilled to see the band’s version of her hit song “Jolene.”

Set in a small town in Mississippi, the video for “You Can Have Him Jolene” shows Chapel Hart taking a defiant tone and putting aside an unfaithful lover. In some ways, the video has a similar energy to “Goodbye Earl” by The Chicks (formerly known as Dixie Chicks).

Parton is a fan of black artists who remake and remix her songs, including Whitney Houston’s version of “I Will Always Love You” and Lil Nas X’s version of “Jolene.” She said she would also like to see Beyonce cover “Jolena”. And contrary to popular belief, black artists are simply stepping into their birthright on the country music scene. Starting with the banjo, an instrument with West African roots, the black influence on the genre is undeniable.

“We want to prove to the state of Mississippi and everyone else that anything is possible. You only have one life to live. Make sure when you look back and have no regrets,” Danica Hart told CASSIUS.


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