Family trio Chapel Hart released their song "Glory Days" on Friday, an anthem about finding joy in the journey, as they ready to launch their most extensive tour to date. The group, comprised of sisters Danica and Devynn Hart and first cousin Trea Swindle, will launch their Glory Days trek this weekend when they perform on the Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman Auditorium. From there, they travel to Wichita, Kansas, on January 26 and have dates booked through early July.
"It's just one of those feel-good songs," Devynn said of "Glory Days."
The group wrote the song with hit writer Jim Beavers and Danica joked he is "a hot mess who fits on our hot mess express."
The trio is also excited about "Welcome to Fist City." Before Loretta Lynn died, she asked the trio to redo one of her songs just as they did for Dolly Parton's "Jolene." "Welcome to Fist City" is the result. The women will debut the song at the Grand Ole Opry this weekend, and Danica said it will be their second single from their forthcoming album.
"We just couldn't be more thrilled," she said. "I'm so excited for people to hear it. Now we can stop screaming and tearing up the highways and jamming it in our cars. We get to sing it for other people."
The women say their album will be out in "springish" about the time their Glory Days tour is in full swing. Danica recently had throat surgery, but she's back in top form, and they can't wait to start their tour. Last summer, Chapel Hart sprang into the public eye on "America's Got Talent," an experience that led them to their new album and the months-long tour. In January 2022, they said they were still trying to play in coffee houses and people's living rooms.
"A year ago, I wouldn't have ever imagined we'd be where we are now," Swindle said. "Not at all."
But, the trio's willingness to play small spaces and private parties – and its patience - is what kept the group going long enough to make its break on television.
"That's what made that foundation of the relationship that have with our fans," Swindle said. "They're friends. They're family. It was literally them that kept us going in Covid, like playing in the backyards, playing in the small rooms, the bar rooms, the cafes, the birthdays, and all the weird stuff in between. We wanted to share those moments with our fans."
Danica said that if she was going to tell new artists anything, it's that "there's no way you can skip the steps."
"I watch people say, 'If I could just get on y'all's show or if I could just get on with Carly Pierce or if I could just get on with Kelsea Ballerini," Danica continued. "But it doesn't work like that. When it's your time, it's your time. There's so much groundwork that has to be done. The foundation's got to be solid. Then you'll notice you'll start to get the walls up, and then everything else will get easier. It'll start to take shape and form. But you absolutely can't skip any of the steps."
Devynn added: "You can't jump on the bull without training for it."
The women also said artists can never stop "motivating people." They said there were times they needed to sell 200 tickets, and only 25 people showed up.
"Those 25 people had experienced Chapel Hart," Devynn said. "We didn't make our ticket sales, we didn't make our goals, but those 25 people were there would say, 'Keep going y'all, the world needs this. You guys gotta keep going.' The people who really believed in us kept pushing us and pushing us and pushing us. And they were like, 'There is a space for you. You gotta carve it out.'"
Now when Chapel Hart plays those spaces, the trio can sell them out several nights in a row.
The Poplarville, Mississippi trio is part of CMT's Next Women of Country Class of 2021. Catch them on their nationwide Glory Days Tour that launches Saturday in Nashville.
GLORY DAYS TOUR:
Jan 26, 2023: Wichita, KS
Jan 27, 2023: Lincoln, NE
Jan 28, 2023: Springfield, MO
Feb 2, 2023: El Dorado, AR
Feb 3, 2023: New Orleans, LA
Feb 4, 2023: Ft. Smith, AR
Feb 9, 2023: Champaign, IL
Feb 10, 2023: Kansas City, MO
Feb 11, 2023: Dubuque, IA
Feb 18, 2023: Dallas, TX
Feb 19, 2023: Amarillo, TX
Feb 23, 2023: Rochester, MN
Feb 24, 2023: Omaha, NE
Feb 25, 2023: Prior Lake, MN
Feb 26, 2023: Sioux, SD
March 1, 2023: Jackson, MS
March 3, 2023: Charlottesville, VA
March 4, 2023: NYC, NY
March 5, 2023: Tysons, VA
March 9, 2023: Anderson, IN
March 10, 2023: Atlanta, GA
March 11, 2023: Ocoee, FL
March 16, 2023: Liberty, NC
March 17, 2023: Woodford, VA
March 18, 2023: Warrendale, PA
March 23, 2023: Green Bay, WI
March 24, 2023: Des Moines, IA
March 25, 2023: Cedar Rapids, IA
March 26, 2023: Madison, WI
March 28, 2023: Nashville, TN
March 31, 2023: Van Wert, OH
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