From Ole Red To ‘The Voice,’ Taryn Papa Has Full-Circle Moment with Blake Shelton

Taryn Papa
Taryn Papa; Photo Courtesy NBC
Taryn Papa

Nashville resident Taryn Papa delivered a stunning performance of Martina McBride’s 2006 hit, “Anyway,” for her blind audition on The Voice and she completely nailed it.

The singer put her powerhouse vocals on full display for her audition and caught the attention of three of the show’s four coaches: Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Kelly Clarkson.

“My name is Taryn Papa and I’m from Nashville, Tennessee,” Papa said. She went on to reveal that she performs regularly at Blake Shelton’s bar, “And I sing at Ole Red.”

Shelton, who was the first coach to turn his chair, attempted to ensure his chances of securing Papa as a teammate by blocking Clarkson and she was not happy.

“Oh shoot….BLAKE,” Clarkson protested when she realized she was blocked.

Shelton then tried to use his country cred to lure Papa onto his team after she shared that she has been in Music City for seven years.

“I was in Nashville for seven years before I got my first song out, and now, isn’t that a coincidence,” Shelton pointed out.

Stefani also tried to make an argument for Papa to join her team, but Shelton ultimately came out on top.

“In country music in general, there really is no current female vocalist that sings the way that, like a Trisha Yearwood or a Martina [McBride],” Shelton told her. “And so, it seems like there’s a lane wide open there for a girl with a voice like yours, it’s that powerful, somebody that’s willing to swing for the fence. I would say you’ve got what it takes to fill that lane.”

Click above to watch Taryn Papa’s performance of “Anyway.”