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

Nashville resident Taryn Papa delivered a stunning performance of Martina McBride’s 2006 hit, “Anyway,” for her blind audition on The…


Lauren Jo Black

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October 20, 2020


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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.”

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.