Jul 21, 2022 - News

Chapel Hart's "America's Got Talent" appearance goes viral

The music group Chapel Hart posing for a photo.
Chapel Hart. Photo: Terry Wyatt/Getty Images

Upstart girl group Chapel Hart has been working for years for their big break in country music.

  • It arrived Tuesday, in prime time.

What happened: The group appeared on "America's Got Talent" this week. Their electrifying performance of the original song "You Can Have Him Jolene" got the show's coveted golden buzzer and earned a standing ovation from the notoriously prickly Simon Cowell.

Why it matters: Chapel Hart's undeniable charisma and airtight harmonies have been apparent for some time, but mainstream success for the Black group has been elusive in a genre that grapples with its historic lack of racial diversity.

  • "We've been trying to break into Nashville for the last couple years, but it's been kind of hard," lead singer Danica Hart told the judges through tears.
  • "I think country music doesn't always look like us."

What they're saying: "You know what you've got to do sometimes?" Cowell responded. "You've just got to break down that door."

  • "You may have just broken down the door with that performance, trust me."

Flash forward: When Cowell asked the group where they saw themselves in five years, they channeled the confidence of their idol Dolly and answered "world domination."

  • We should be so lucky.

💭 Adam's thought bubble: Chapel Hart joins a long line of country acts that have turned to reality TV as a launching pad.

  • Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert and Kacey Musgraves became some of the genre's biggest stars after stints on TV competitions.
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