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January 16, 2014

Catching up with Adley Stump

OSU 'Rising Star' shoots first music video for "Like This"

STILLWATER, Okla. — When the Oklahoma State University College of Arts and Sciences was debating which graduates to name as distinguished alumni this year, Adley Stump’s name was tossed around but since she has just been out of school for two years, a new award was created — the first ever OSU A&S Rising Star Award.

“It’s my biggest honor to date — and it meant I took time off to come home to Oklahoma,” Stump said.

From cross country tours with the nonprofit To Write Love on Her Arms to singing at historical country music venues like the Blue Bird and the Rutledge in Nashville, she’s been “working her butt off.”  She’ll be in Dallas next weekend entertaining competitors at the American Cheerleading Association National Championships.

Stump worked for the ACA and grew up cheering for 15 years under the tutelage of her mother, Terri Noonan Stump, former OSU and Stillwater Pioneer cheerleader, so she’s “excited to return to perform for thousands at nationals.”

“It’s a balancing act — touring, in the studio recording and writing fresh material,” Stump said. “Every day looks different but from sun up to sun down, I’m working hard.”

She has come a long way since appearing on the second season of “The Voice.” Her new music video for “Like This” debuts on CMT in February. She’s also appearing on a game show “Let’s Ask America” and she’s filmed her own pilot for another television show. The “Get Stumped” webisodes doing funny random acts of kindness she started in early 2012 are being syndicated in a column that Stillwater News Press subscribers will be able to read soon.

“Nissan jumped on board when I stole Joe Diffie’s car and drove it to Oklahoma to give to a family in Moore who lost a child in the tornado,” she said.

The prank was part of challenging fans if they retweeted one of her tweets about her single EP “Like This” 100 times, she would steal a country music star’s car. Stump picked Joe Diffie because he is a native Oklahoman, too, and Nissan partnered with them to give the car away to a family desperately needing transportation after the storm.

Every four months, she is releasing a four-pack of songs with “Like This”  asking if a “country girl could change your world?” The song broke into the Top 40 itunes chart in seven hours after its release.

“Sometimes we’re loaded heavy with bad news but there’s beautiful things that happen — and that’s what I’m going to write about,” she said.


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