Country music's hottest upstart Chapel Hart has been preparing for a long time to land their big break. In prime time, it arrived Tuesday.
This week, the group performed on "America's Got Talent." During their performance, they won the golden buzzer and earned a standing ovation from Simon Cowell, a notoriously prickly judge.
A viral video of the song drew worldwide attention and was praised by Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn. A Black group with Chapel Hart's charisma and airtight harmonies has long been a top contender, but mainstream success has proven difficult in a genre that struggles historically with racial inequality.
"Over the past couple of years, we've been trying to break into Nashville, but it's been hard," singer Danica Hart said through tears."There isn't always country music that looks like us."
In response, Cowell replied, "You've got to do things sometimes.". He added, "That door just needs to be broken down."."That performance might just have broken the door down, trust me."
They channeled the confidence of their idol Dolly in answering Cowell's question about where they see themselves in five years: "world domination."The country musician joins a long list of country artists who have launched their careers on reality TV. In the past few years, Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, and Kacey Musgraves have become some of the genre's biggest stars after appearing in TV competitions.