'Voice' performer comes home to Tulsa
BY JASON ASHLEY WRIGHT World Scene Writer
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Adley Stump remembers attending concerts at Cain’s Ballroom. Now she’s headlining one.
A country-singing contestant on the second season of “The Voice,” Stump, a Tulsa native and graduate of Oklahoma State University, will perform at Cain’s 8 p.m. Friday, with Nashville singer-songwriter Jeffrey East opening.
Other than singing at a pep rally at her alma mater, Bishop Kelly High School, Stump has never performed in Tulsa.
“I’m excited more than anything, anxious to get back,” she said during a recent phone interview from Nashville.
Besides, Cain’s is one of her favorite venues.
“It has a real community feel to it. People can’t sit down, so it keeps the energy alive,” she said. “You’ve gotta stand up.”
Last we spoke to Stump, she had been eliminated the previous night during a battle round on “The Voice,” NBC’s popular reality-singing competition. Fellow Oklahoman and country superstar Blake Shelton was her coach. Ultimately, he picked another member of his team to advance.
Stump had no time for hard feelings, though.
“I’ve been all over the place,” said Stump, who admitted that the exposure gained from “The Voice” has changed her life.
“It’s been the coolest experience, and I’ve learned more about myself in the last year than I’ve learned in all my life,” she said.
Stump has refused to wait for opportunity to knock.
“That’s really my mentality - not waiting for someone else to make something happen,” she said.
In fact, having meant to return to Tulsa sooner, she called Cain’s herself to see about doing a concert there.
“No one works harder for you than you’re going to work for yourself,” she said.
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Adley Stump. MITCHELL HAASETH/NBC