WATCH: Country music icon shines in ‘America’s Got Talent’ to surprise Chapel Hart with special message

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Chapel Hart’s journey on America’s Got Talent (AGT) were full of surprises and their experience in the finale was no different as the Mississippi trio were shocked when country music icon Tanya Tucker appeared to offer them words of encouragement before their performance with Darius Rucker.

Thanks to Proto Hologram, Tucker came over from Nashville to share a sweet message.

“Surprise! It’s Tanya, Chapel Hart, you’re all great and congratulations on all you do. America’s got talent… You’re right about that,” she said.

Danica, Devynn Hart and Trea Swindle of Chapel Hart were left speechless after seeing Tucker appear in front of them.

“Surprised @chapelhartband last night on @agt! You girls are a real winner in my book! Y’all are AMAZING and CONGRATULATIONS on all you do! Us girls need to stick together!!! the beginning…A dream written with a date…becomes a goal,” Tucker shared on social media early Thursday morning. ‘Never stop believing in what you love to do! America’s got talent…Just by the way of this! 💖”

Tucker’s surprise post comes just weeks after the Mississippi trio caught Tanya Tucker’s attention when they shouted at her during their semi-final performance of the original song, ‘The Girls Are Back In Town’. .

“Dancing at the bar all night to another Tanya Tucker song,” the band sings in the track’s lyrics, in honor of the “Delta Dawn” singer.

After seeing Chapel Hart’s feisty performance of “The Girls Are Back In Town,” Tucker took to social media to compliment the country music trio in a special video message.

“Hey Chapel Hart, I’m doing a Christmas movie right now, but I saw you on America’s Got Talent and wow you were fantastic,” Tucker said at the time. “I like, I like your stuff. You have a great vibe, it’s so different. Good luck to you!” Tucker added as she blew the camera a kiss.

Chapel Hart freaked out when they saw Tucker’s response and immediately praised her on social media.

“And the Blessing Keeps Flowing!!” Chapel Hart wrote collectively. “It’s trailblazers like Tayna Tucker who inspire us to be bold and brave and keep fighting to keep achieving our dreams EVERY DAY!!!! We love you Tania!!!! *SCREAM*”

Tucker isn’t the only country superstar Chapel Hart has drawn attention to. Their standout audition performance of “You Can Have Him Jolene,” which was written in response to Dolly Parton’s “Jolene,” won a Golden Buzzer and immediately went viral and received praise from Parton and Loretta Lynn.

“What a fun new version of my song, @ChapelHartBand! Carl’s birthday is today, so I think I’ll hang on to him, and I’m not letting Jolene know that today is his birthday,” Parton wrote at the time.

Chapel Hart with Darius Rucker; Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC

Their audition also earned compliments from Darius Rucker, with whom they shared the stage for an energetic duet on the America’s Got Talent finale on Wednesday night (Sept. 14).

The band teamed up with the country hitmaker to deliver a performance of Bonnie Raitt’s 1991 hit, “Something To Talk About.”

Chapel Hart donned a gold and black western outfit for the performance, while Rucker wore a simple t-shirt and jeans.

“Give them something to talk about / Give them something to talk about / Give them something to talk about / What about love? sing the trio and Rucker on the chorus.

The performers worked on stage with confidence, earning cheers and applause from the live audience.

Sharing the stage with Rucker was a “dream come true” for Chapel Hart.

It was later revealed that Chapel Hart finished in fifth place on the show.

“Terry, that meant absolutely everything to us. We were able to come and show our writing and show what we do to the world and we want to tell you America, thank you so much,” they shared as they bid farewell to the show. “We love you.”

To celebrate the final performance of Chapel Hart’s America’s Got Talent, the band’s hometown of Poplarville, Mississippi declared Chapel Hart Week this week. The trio, consisting of sisters Danica and Devynn Hart and their cousin Trea Swindle, said they were “beyond honoured” by the proclamation.

This Saturday (September 17), Chapel Hart will return to Nashville to make her Grand Ole Opry debut. The trio are about to step into the iconic circle alongside Everette, Don Schlitz, Jeannie Seely, Mark Wills, and more.

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