STILLWATER, Okla. —
Adley Stump takes the stage tonight at the Wes Watkins center on the Oklahoma State University campus.
“I'm excited about coming home,” Stump said from her band's bus on their way to town from Nashville. The Tulsa-native graduated from OSU and her brother, Jake, is a student now.
Stump's appearance is part of Color Jam 2012 sponsored by OSU's Ad Club after presenting the Creative Lightning Awards.
Corey White will begin singing at 8 p.m. With Stump to follow with a 35-minute set of uptempo country rock. Tickets are available until noon if purchased online at www.shopokstate.com under “Event Tickets.” Tickets at the door are $20.
Stump has been on a whirlwind since graduating from OSU and heading to Nashville at the invitation of investors .
“If you would have told me a year ago, I'd be touring all over, I never would have believe it,” she said.
Her nationwide exposure as a contestant on TV's hit talent competition “The Voice” propelled her into the spotlight. Taping the show was a wild ride and a great memory that was a catalyst to opening doors for her career.
“It changed my life,” she said.
OSU is where she first found her “voice.”
“This is where it all started,” Stump said.
A guitar player since childhood, Stump began singing with her Pi Beta Phi sorority sisters in Varsity Revue and honed her craft with Meagan McDown in venue's around town performing regularly at Willie's Saloon where tonight's after party will be held.
Her grandmother, Mary McLaughlin, still owns the building. She raised her kids in Stillwater with Adley's parents, Greg and Terri Noonan Stump both graduating from Stillwater High School in 1975 with her aunt and uncle, Ronnie and Karen Kerntke Stump in the SHS class of 1976.