Chapel Hart on their Grand Ole Opry debut

  • The country trio Chapel Hart made its Grand Ole Opry debut Saturday night.
  • The Poplarville, Mississippi-based group finished 5th on the 17th season of ‘America’s Got Talent.’

Sometimes linings that look silver are platinum instead.

That’s the best way to begin chronicling the near decade-long road to stardom for Poplarville, Mississippi-based country trio Chapel Hart.

The trio comprised of sisters Danica and Devynn Hart and their cousin, Trea Swindle, could’ve debuted at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry on Saturday night as winners of the 17th season of NBC’s televised singing program “America’s Got Talent.”

They could’ve also been − given the nature of “America’s Got Talent” as a star-making platform − been tabbed as pop’s answer to country’s revived moment in pop music, plus an at answering the question of why Black women have been absent from so much of country music’s mainstream history, and how to solve it.

Chapel Hart members Devynn Hart, Danica Hart and Trea Swindle performing during their debut at the Grand Ole Opry Saturday, Sept.  17, 2022 in Nashville, Tenn.

To put it bluntly, they would’ve been the lucrative pop punchline to asking the question, “What if Beyonce, Mary J. Blige and Lizzo walked into a honky-tonk?”

However, that didn’t happen. Instead, and for many reasons, how and why they finished in fifth on the just-completed season is the first platinum lining that sets them up for potentially incredible country music stardom.

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