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Taryn Papa

Artist Bio

With powerhouse vocals and a never-quit spirit, Taryn Papa has emerged in a country scene that’s nearly forgotten its inspirational roots. But with new tunes preaching passion and perseverance, just like the classic divas of her childhood, she’s keeping dreams alive.

A Connecticut native who’s voice recalls the raw electricity of ‘90s stars like Martina McBride and Trisha Yearwood, Papa’s sound is classically charged but built for a new era. Matching vulnerable, motivational themes with modern storytelling, she was a standout on Season 19 of NBC’s The Voice in 2020, also tapping influence from vocal superstars stars like Adele, Chris Stapleton, Celine Dion, Faith Hill and Pat Benatar. And after the release of a brand-new single, her future looks bright.

“I want to be the little engine that could, and I have some fire under me,” Papa says with conviction. “I want to show that I didn’t just go on The Voice for a verified sticker on Instagram. I want to show I have what it takes to be successful.”

Papa was just a girl when her dream of country stardom took shape. Singing into a bedroom mirror, she quickly embraced the larger-than-life voices of country’s iconic females – and the authentic heart they wore on their sleeves. Her grandfather inspired Papa to learn piano, and as a teenager she joined her uncle’s band, wowing audiences with flame-throwing covers of classic rock hits. But it was always ‘90s country that captured her imagination … and it still does today.

“In the ‘90s, the stories were big and the voices were bigger, and the women were bold back then,” she explains. “I feel like I want to bring that back.”

Determined to test her mettle, Papa moved to Nashville at 23 and quickly adopted a do-it-yourself attitude, releasing an independent EP titled Persuaded in 2016 – which now feels ahead of its time in both sound and songwriting. She paired that with regular gigs as a crowd favorite in Nashville’s famous Lower Broadway honky tonks, and soon built a dedicated following. But in 2020, everything changed.

Showcasing a magnetic stage presence, Papa appeared on Season 19 of The Voice and advanced into the show’s Top 17 – rising through a field that initially included tens of thousands, and impressing coach Blake Shelton along the way. Covering her hero, McBride, as well as Faith Hill and more, she stunned audiences with not just her soul-stirring vocal punch, but also a mindset framed by endless possibilities.

“Inspiration itself is my inspiration,” Papa says. “I’m a dreamer, and the songs that resonate with me are like ‘Pick yourself up and try again,’ or ‘Don’t stop believing.’ Stepping into your moment and rising to the occasion are big to me, and my songwriting is about creating something inspiring to help people do that. I want to create something uplifting.”

Papa takes the first steps of that quest with her single, “Dream Girl,” an autobiographic anthem with a timeless, country-politan sound and epic presentation. Looking back on her own story to capture her musical drive, Papa co-wrote the slow grooving vocal masterpiece with fellow Voice alums Gwen Sebastian and Leland Grant – a modern-day classic with a chance to change lives.

“For me it’s reminiscent of coming from small town Connecticut, singing on a homemade stage in my room, to becoming this ultimate ‘dream girl’ on NBC, ready to catapult myself into the world and share this story of never giving up,” Papa explains. “I’ve faced so much – everybody has lately. But if you love something enough you should chase it down.”

“Dream Girl” is just the first taste of a new artistic chapter for Papa, as she takes her primetime experience to the next level. A handful of songs are already finished and there’s more to come, as the singer-songwriter looks to rekindle a style of country defined by substance. Tunes with just as much soul as swagger, and just as much heart as vocal heat – all delivered with an inspirational tone. Because as Papa has learned, dreams don’t come true on their own. You have to make them happen.

“If I listen to the radio today, nobody sounds or sings like me,” she says. “So I don’t feel like I’ve been understood as an artist – yet. But I’m a fighter and nobody ever remembers the girl who quit.”

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Jan 23 2022
Florida Georgia Line
Nashville, TN
Jan 27 2022
Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row
Nashville, TN
Jan 28 2022
Ole Red
Nashville, TN
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Jan 29 2022
Redneck Riviera Bar & BBQ
Nashville, TN
Jan 30 2022
Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row
Nashville, TN
Feb 03 2022
Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row
Nashville, TN
Feb 06 2022
Taryn Papa
Nashville, TN
Feb 08 2022
Taryn Papa Acoustic with Tara Thompson & More!
Nashville, TN
Feb 11 2022
* SINGLE RELEASE PARTY *
Nashville, TN
Feb 14 2022
Whiskey Jam : Taryn Papa (Original Set)
Nashville, TN
Feb 17 2022
Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row
Nashville, TN
Feb 18 2022
Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row
Nashville, TN
Feb 20 2022
Tin Roof Orlando
Orlando, FL
Feb 24 2022
Houston TX Cookoff
Houston, TX
Feb 25 2022
Houston TX Cookoff
Houston, TX
Feb 26 2022
Houston TX Cookoff
Houston, TX
Mar 18 2022
Tin Roof Memphis
Memphis, TN
Mar 19 2022
Tin Roof Memphis
Memphis, TN
May 17 2022
Dawg House Saloon
Las Vegas, NV
May 18 2022
Dawg House Saloon
Las Vegas, NV
May 19 2022
Dawg House Saloon
Las Vegas, NV
May 20 2022
Dawg House Saloon
Las Vegas, NV
May 21 2022
Dawg House Saloon
Las Vegas, NV