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Chapel Hart Recalls ‘AGT’ Journey, Says They’re Not Rushing to Move Closer to Nashville

Trea Swindle, Danica Hart, and Devynn Hart of Chapel Hart at the 56th Annual CMA AwardsPhoto by Jason Davis/WireImage

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Months after they finished an impressive run on America’s Got Talent season 17, Chapel Hart continues to chase their dreams. Last September, the trio made their debut at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee. They were also included in CMT’s Next Women of Country back in 2021, proving their country music prowess.

Trea, Devynn, and Danica recently sat down for an interview with Nashville Scene and revisited what it’s like to join AGT. Furthermore, they got candid about their thoughts on spending more days in the country music city.

Chapel Hart Says America’s Got Talent is Like Pageantry

When asked about the emotional parts of being on AGT, Trea described the whole experience as pageantry. Joining the show means that they have to “redo and then do over again” several scenes.

“One episode is a three-day process,” she said. “[During the audition] we were just at the end of our ropes, tired and worn out. We sang the song and we were literally just hoping for at least three yeses.”

Apparently, Chapel Hart auditioned without any competitive strategy, thus completely surprised when they got a Golden Buzzer. They did recognize that doing a riff of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” is a ballsy move. Nevertheless, their “trust our gut and just go” attitude kept them shining during the series.

Despite the fun they had in AGT, the country trio admitted that making friends was difficult at the time. According to Devynn, they were very loud compared to other contestants. Be that as it may, she said that they make sure to “Chapel Hart it up wherever we are.”

Working in Nashville Full-Time is Not Yet an Option for Them

Talking about their experience at the Grand Ole Opry, Danica said that such opportunity has always been their dream. Trea agreed, describing everyone in the Opry as their family. However, while the three puts Nashville in high regard, they still don’t see themselves leaving their hometown.

“It’s not that I don’t enjoy Nashville,” Devynn said. “Nashville is very fast, and I personally just kind of prefer the quietness and the Mississippi living.”

This year, Chapel Hart is set to headline Glory Days Tour, a 59-date concert series that will kick off late January. Hopefully, this will widen their access to fame even more.

“Right now we’re on the road so much, and I only hope that we continue to be on the road so much,” Trea said. “People ask where we live, I just say, ‘the interstate,’ because we spend more time on the road than we do at home.”

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