OKLAHOMA CITY — On the last night of blind auditions during the second season of NBC’s The Voice, Tulsa native Adley Stump made her debut for the judges. During her audition, both Christina Aguliera and Blake Shelton turned around for Stump.
She said she followed her heart and chose fellow Oklahoman Shelton to lead her to voice victory.
Stump is a recent OSU grad who, up until a few months ago, played in bars around Stillwater.
She got her start singing after she decided to audition for a sorority event at OSU.
“One day one of my friends dared me to try out for a solo and well, I’ll take a dare from anybody,” Stump said of that first audition.
Best friend Becky Wheeler remembers it clearly.
“I think my mouth literally hit the floor. I mean, she did this and it was absolutely one of the most amazing sounds I have ever heard. It was so powerful and it was so beautiful,” Wheeler said.
From that moment, things changed for Adley.
“I felt like a little torch had been lit in my life that I just wanted to go start a wildfire with, but I never thought I would pursue it as a career. I just started playing at Willies Saloon, down the street, just for fun, just for my friends,” Stump said.
Willie’s Saloon happens to be the very place that launched Garth Brooks.
“I usually would just play with a guitar player,” Stump said of her first days at the bar.
Stump often sang in front of crowd that filled the old seats inside the main bar.
It became something of a monthly tradition and once Adley’s gigs got going, her fan base got pretty big.
“It’s moved so fast that sometimes I wonder, is this the right pace or not? But, she’s really driven,” Adley’s dad, Greg Stump, said of the last few months.
Last spring Adley’s mother posted a few home videos of Adley singing on Youtube and Facebook.
Those also became pretty popular with friends and family.
“I was surprised at how well she handled the stage and how comfortable and she smiles a lot and engages the people in the audience. But I have watched her progress over the last year, her voice has really just made big improvements,” Greg said.
“She’s a real giver and this is the first time that I’ve seen something where it’s about her, this is for her and to see her passion and her dedication, it’s like, how could you not be supportive?” mom Terri Stump said.
One of the videos Terri posted was seen by some folks in the Nashville music scene who liked what they heard and wanted to see more from Adley.
Meanwhile, the OSU senior was back in Stillwater, wording what she’d do after her days in academia ended.
“I was sitting here, one afternoon, and I was like, I am a broke college student, I need some money, I am going on Jeopardy, and I Googled how to be on Jeopardy and a list of reality shows came up and one of them was The Voice,” Stump said.
She auditioned, of course, and we know where that took her.
Meanwhile, this Tulsa girl’s signed a separate recording contract in Nashville and just put out her first album.
Adley says this last year has been the best one of her life, and she’s grateful.
“Music has been a part of my life forever, but you know, it has always meant something to me, but I never dreamed that I would be singing it,” Stump said.
Now Adley enters the battle round, competing against other singers to become The Voice.