Chapel Hart have remained standouts on America’s Got Talent (AGT) with show-stopping performances throughout the season and their performance during the finals on Tuesday evening (Sept. 13) was no different.
The country trio, composed of sisters Danica Hart and Devynn Hart, and their cousin Trea Swindle, powered through vocal issues and demanded America’s attention with their impressive performance of their patriotic anthem, “American Pride.”
Donning white and denim ensembles, Chapel Hart showcased their commanding stage presence while honoring the men and women who fight for our Country. Danica took lead vocals for the first verse of the tune before the trio flawlessly harmonized on the track’s chorus.
The tune reflects on a time when America wasn’t so divided and when “we had it all … loving neighbors, land and freedom.”
“We wanted to give a tribute to our FAMILY and to the men, women, & allies who fight for this country and for unity & freedom! We want to say thank you,” Chapel Hart shared of the song.
Following their performance, which earned a standing ovation, AGT judges’ Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel, and Sofia Vergara praised the country trio despite having vocal troubles.
“If this had been an audition, I would’ve stopped you and said let’s go back to that chorus, let’s do it a cappella, so I can hear that lyric and that melody because the chorus, the lyric was beautiful,” Cowell said, before adding, “After 9/11, what a beautiful message to send out on the most important night of your life. You have my utmost respect and I love people like you singing about how much you love your Country and I think okay, Some of the vocals were a bit off because of nerves. Forget that. I really, really like you and I’m really happy that you did what you did tonight. Good for you.”
“I agree with you, some of the vocals were off,” Mandel added, “and maybe because you were emotional and because there was a lot of pressure. I think America’s going to like that song. But the last two songs you did were 10 times stronger. Last time, the whole thing was beautiful.”
Vergara later added that the performance was “heartfelt.”
Hours after their performance on America’s Got Talent, the country trio took to social media to apologize to fans for their vocal issues during the show.
“Y’all… tonight was an emotional night. We want to first say we are so sorry if anyone feels let down by our performance,” the trio wrote. “Tonight may not have been the BEST vocal performance, but we never been more PROUD of ourselves in our lives! We had a message we wanted to share so here we are to share it (American Pride). Family, Friends, America & Abroad… WE LOVE YOU, to those who cried with us tonight, thank you!”
Chapel Hart concluded their post with a message to fans, asking them to vote for them. “We are asking for you to vote… we pray y’all heard our hearts tonight and we will see you tomorrow night at the results show! #AGT #ChapelHart #AmericanPride”
Chapel Hart have been a fan-favorite contestant on AGT since their audition, where they performed an original tune called “You Can Have Him Jolene,” a song that served as a response to Dolly Parton’s “Jolene.” Their audition not only earned a golden buzzer on the show, but also recognition from country superstars Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Darius Rucker and many more.
Since their audition, the country music trio have amassed thousands of new fans, praise from country superstars and have won over the hearts of America.
Chapel Hart will return to the America’s Got Talent stage on Wednesday (Sept. 14) during the Season finale to perform a duet alongside Darius Rucker.
“Like so many people, I was blown away when I saw Chapel Hart’s original response to [Dolly Parton’s song] ‘Jolene’ during their audition,” Rucker said. “Their energy on that stage has been contagious to watch and I’m honored they asked me to be part of their finale experience – especially to perform one of my favorite songs of all time!”