- Story by Wendy Sullivan
Chapel Hart is made up of two sisters, Danica and Devynn, and their cousin Trea, who started singing as young children. Raised in a strong faith-based family, they have a way of uniquely weaving their faith into their gospel and county lyrics, even dipping into wicked humor at times, like in their popular spin on the country classic, “You Can Have Him Jolene.”
The group began by singing together at family gatherings and later in street performances in the French Quarter. As they evolved to full band performances with a cappella arrangements, soulful ballads and rocking country tunes, their passion and excitement turned casual listeners into loyal fans.
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Now based in New Orleans, the trio has played as far away as Innsbruck, Austria. Their 2021 Follow Your Heart Tour brings them to 100 Men Hall in Bay St. Louis on April 24 (tickets are almost sold out as of this writing; act fast to get yours).
The three performers told us they love connecting with their audiences by engaging them in the musical experience. As an example, they mentioned a recent concert where they enjoyed the spirit and energy of the audience. Many sang along with them on familiar songs, and their new material was also received enthusiastically.
With their close bond as family, the women of Chapel Hart use their shared experiences and their differences to create music reflecting their individual perspectives and personalities. Drawing on life experiences, the women compose the group’s music together. They believe that this approach results in songs that are more relatable to a variety of people – including those with little experience in country music.
Instead of a quiet year in pandemic seclusion, the Hart trio “hit the ground running” by recording a new album and the “Jesus and Alcohol” video. Their newly named album Girls are Back in Town will be released this year. They are looking forward to sharing songs from the new album in Bay St. Louis.
Chapel Hart is now receiving even greater recognition from the music industry. They were nominated for a Grammy and are one of ten rising artists in the CMT’s prestigious “Next Women of Country” of 2021.
They also are currently a candidate for the CMT 12 Pack Countdown for their video for “You Can Have Him Jolene.” The hilarious video for the song was filmed in Pass Christian, and among the locals featured in it is the town’s police chief.
For information about voting in the countdown and Chapel Hart updates, visit their website at www.chapelhart.com or follow them on Facebook.