NASHVILLE, TN (April 13, 2019) – National Pro Fastpitch will launch the first of a series of original music by various female artists, during Monday night’s Draft production. The song, “Rise Up”, written by Taryn Papa and Tigirlily (Krista and Kendra Slaubaugh), and produced by Ryan Rossebo, is a riveting anthem reflecting empowerment.
“I wanted to create an empowering anthem song that applied to any journey whether it be the artists, the athletes, or the every day work life,” commented Papa. “For me, when I moved to Nashville, I became a small fish in a big pond, something I wasn’t used to back home. I know that my time is right now and I have to take all my experiences and buckle up and rise up! I feel this same connection with women’s softball. These college girls work so hard throughout the year and their time is NOW! It’s time to face everything and rise up to the moment!”
Papa has performed live at the NPF College Draft since 2015 and will close this year’s show with a live performance of “Rise Up”. As the niece of Hall of Famer, Donna Papa, longtime Head Coach of the University of North Carolina Tarheels, Taryn feels a close connection to the sport and to the young women who are drafted each year.
“Spending spring breaks visiting my Aunt Donna at UNC, with her incredible group of girls, I have always felt so much pride for them,” said Papa. “I am impressed by their commitment to community involvement, their studies, their practice, and their friendships. I respect that despite trials or triumphs, they strive to continue on after college building a life doing what they love professionally. This is something I’ve always admired. The draft is their moment and it’s an honor to be a part of it.”
“We are so very proud to be able to debut “Rise Up” in our 2019 Draft and to have Taryn be on hand to perform it live is really something special,” commented NPF Commissioner, Cheri Kempf. “This song feels incredible, has amazing lyrics, and represents the accomplishment of the 25 women drafted on Monday perfectly. I look forward to everyone hearing and loving the song and I hope this relationship of the NPF platform combined with the incredibly talented female artists, proves the adage that we truly are stronger together.”
About National Pro Fastpitch (NPF)
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2004, provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in fastpitch softball beyond their collegiate and amateur success. The NPF affiliate teams consist of the Aussie Peppers of Minnesota, Beijing Shougang Eagles, Canadian Wild of Southern Illinois, Chicago Bandits, Cleveland Comets, and USSSA Florida Pride. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the United States, Australia, Canada and China among which are the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.
About Taryn Papa
Taryn Papa is an energetic country singer-songwriter- performer originally from Connecticut. , Her love of music began when she was introduced to piano by her grandfather, which led to teaching herself acoustic guitar. Taryn began booking her tours and managing herself at 16, bringing her over a decade of professional experience. She moved to Tennessee at age 23 and has been performing over 270 shows per year, you can find her downtown on Nashville’s famed Broadway and touring around the country. Taryn Papa released her first EP “Persuaded” in March of 2016, which has received impressive support locally and nationally. In less than six months, her music video was featured on CMT and MTV reaching over 7.5 million views, while her single “Persuaded” reached 40K Facebook & Spotify streams. Not only can her confidence be seen in the delivery of her powerhouse vocals, but also the way she makes a crowd “feel” her passion throughout the songs she performs. To catch Taryn live, visit Facebook.com/TarynPapaMusic for her performance schedule and more!
The league plans to co-release original music from two other artists prior to the 2019 season opener on May 28. This is the third year the league has partnered with artists to include original music with game production. The regular season and Championship Series combined, will feature over 140 games through the months of May through August, all of which will be available through live stream on multiple devices. The original music will be featured throughout the season-long streaming package.