Few things have the power to form connections quite the way the simplicity of music does. Taryn Papa began making deep and meaningful connections through music at a young age. Papa recalls playing the piano for her grandfather, who had Alzheimers. Papa longs to continue to make these deep and meaningful connections through music, hoping one day one of her songs can have a impact on others the same way so many others impacted her.
Recently we had the chance to chat with Papa about her musical journey, style, brand new single Persuaded, and more.
Worlds of Country: When did you know that music was something you wanted to pursue?
Taryn: I used to play the piano for my grandfather when he had Alzheimers. It was incredible to watch him transport his mind to a time and place where he created a memory around a song. I learned how powerful music is. I wanted to create music that could transport people, inspire, encourage, and excite them. For example, the beginning 4 notes of “Sweet Home Alabama” are iconic. You can hear them anywhere at any time and know what song it is, who sang it, what it was about, etc. I strive to have an iconic song known around the world in my career.
Worlds of Country: Once you knew, what was your first big step towards making this dream a reality?
Taryn: Connecticut was a wonderful place to grow up. I built a strong foundation there, but it had major limitations for my growth as a country music artist. I knew I needed to come to Nashville. A place where I would be submerged in creating and performing and nine years later, I am still loving every minute of it!
Worlds of Country: What are some of the bigger lessons you learned in your early days in Nashville, and what advice would you give an artist just starting out?
Taryn: I experienced a ton of false promises, high and low moments, as many do. It took years to learn how to separate hearing “no” professionally to my music didn’t mean they didn’t like me personally. Remember why you started; what made you fall in love with music. Never forget it. Trust the journey, stay the path, live each day to the fullest, and it will all turn out better than you imagined!
Worlds of Country: How would you describe your musical style for people that haven’t heard your music before?
Taryn:My sound is a fusion of pop and country. I love catchy pop melodies and hooks, blended with a good ole country music storytelling moment. It’s modern, fresh, and totally me!
Worlds of Country: What’s the story behind your latest release, Persuaded?
Taryn:“Persuaded” was written some time in 2013/2014. I had just moved to Nashville and had my first official writing session, with Randall Clay and A.J. Engstrom. Randall was asking a lot of questions in efforts to get to know me. He complained of a “hangover headache” and said “You know what I mean?” I replied with “I don’t go out and get drunk, that’s not what I do.” That ended up becoming the first line to our song. He kept pushing with questions. Curious if I had ever done anything I didn’t set out to do – “Persuaded” was born. Randall passed away in October of 2018, 2 days after my birthday. Watching this song soar to the top would be the greatest gift.
Worlds of Country: What’s next for you?
Taryn: A little something festive to listen to while decorating the Christmas tree! *wink, wink*
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