By Chase Rheam
STILLWATER, Okla. —
From a dare to an up-and-coming career was the path that Oklahoma State University graduate Adley Stump never thought she’d travel.
The aspiring singer/songwriter began her journey while working with her sorority, Pi Beta Phi.
“I was doing choreography for our Greek shows because I cheered for 15 years and singing never really crossed my mind outside the shower,” Stump said.
A friend suggested she sing solo.
“I was petrified,” she said. “I’d been a performer all my life, but singing was a different animal. It was a lot more vulnerable and scarier.”
However, her performance was noticed by attendees and Stump said it lit a fire inside of her to continue. She and a friend, Andy Adamson, began to play guitar and take gigs.
Stump’s newfound talent may have not gone further had it not been for another goal of hers.
“It was always on my bucket list to be on a game show, so like every broke college student, I googled how to be on Jeopardy and a list of reality shows came up,” she said.
Stump had missed the deadline for the trivia show, but saw auditions for “The Voice,” an NBC singing talent competition. Stump and her boyfriend decided to make the trip from Stillwater to Nashville overnight.
“It was an excuse for a weekend road trip while in college,” she said.
But it turned into much more than a short trip.
“Never expected to get on that show and when I did, it was a game changer,” she said.
When she performed during the blind auditions, Stump said it was the biggest stage she’d performed on since Willie’s Saloon in Stillwater.
“It gave me a fan base off the bat, so since then, we’ve been pouring gasoline on a flame,” she said.
Stump, a public relations graduate, started a chapter of “To Write Love on Her Arms” while at OSU. The nonprofit works to address those with addiction, depression and suicidal thoughts while investing in treatment and recovery. Stump’s plans were to do public relations for the nonprofit after graduation. Famous bands such as Anberlin and Switchfoot would promote the nonprofit through concerts and other acts. Now, Stump is following in their footsteps performing for the group.
“That, I never saw coming,” she said.
Stump is beginning to wind down touring. However, a few more shows remain in Oklahoma including the Tulsa State Fair next weekend and the Rock ‘N Rib Festival at the BOK Center Sept. 14.
“We have seasons that we go out that are hot touring seasons and where we get a lot of bookings coming in, but right now we’re not in a regimented deal,” she said. “My focus has been on the music and other opportunities.”
As for the music, Stump is keeping her fans happy with new songs every few months. Her single, “Like This,” was released on iTunes last month. Four new songs will release in October, along with a new single in December and four additional songs a few months later. Stump said this plan helps build consistency and gives listeners something new.
For more information, visit www.adleystump.com.