Early life, family, educational background
American social media star, country songwriter and singer, Adley Stump was born on November 25, 1988 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she grew up with her brother. After her matriculation exam, she attended Oklahoma State University and graduated in 2011 with a degree in marketing.
While attending college, her friends challenged her to participate in a sorority production by auditioning for a singing part. She had taken up dancing and cheerleading at an early age, but had never taken vocal training, nor did she think she might have any talent for it.
She said they all laughed when they challenged her, “But I take a challenge from anyone. So I started singing, and I think people were shocked by what came out. I was shocked by what came out.’ Her voice blew everyone away, and she landed a solo and fell in love with singing; she knew that was her calling.
In her senior year, she performed regularly at Willie’s Saloon in Stillwater, Oklahoma while working at To Write Love On Her Arms (TWLOHA), a non-profit organization, as she was still passionate about a career in public relations. She later realized she wanted to pursue a career in country music, stating “It’s like watching God put the puzzle pieces of my life together”.
She said her experience in dance and cheerleading helped her feel confident in front of crowds, and from the tender age of 10 she had started writing poetry and even songwriting, which helped her to continue her songwriting later in life to improve. she started making her own music. She also said her degree helped her develop a knack for how business works, charity work helped her become empathetic and know how to connect with people, and both helped her become comfortable with public speaking and performing.
In an interview with Taste of Country, she recalled a time when she prayed and asked God why she had to become a singer: “I felt like he just hit me on the head and said, ‘I gave you a stage and a microphone. , what more do you want? You are supposed to go there and sing songs that matter. You should tell your story.”
She listened and attended the auditions in Nashville for NBC’s “The Voice;” after finding the audition when an online search for “How to be on Jeopardy” led her to a list of upcoming reality show auditions. “I was a broke college student!… fooling around trying to figure out how to win some money,” and when she saw the “The Voice” audition, she thought, “Why not? You only live once!’
She appeared on the second season of “The Voice” in 2012, which was judged by Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and CeeLo Green.
She sang “Last Name” at her blind audition, and both Blake and Christina turned on her – Adam and CeeLo’s teams were already full, so they couldn’t spin if they wanted to. An aspiring country singer, Adley chose Team Blake over Team Christina, and on March 5, she was paired with RaeLynn in the Battle Rounds on episode six, and the pair sang “Free Fallin’.” Blake chose RaeLynn as the winner of the battle and Adley was eliminated from the competition – Jermaine Paul (another member of Blake’s team) won the show’s second season. Although she didn’t win the contest or get very far, she did get a lot of attention and went on to self-release her own music.
When she auditioned for the show, she was already working on ‘Like a Lady’. After Force Majeuere Music offered to sign her, she moved to Nashville – “I started to learn what it meant to write with purpose, to combine the structure that mainstream music requires with my own heart and soul.” Over the course of five months, she wrote and recorded several songs before finally choosing her favorite seven to put on her album. In an interview, she stated that it was only after choosing the track listing and listening to the entire album again that she realized each song had power to its underlying theme. Two examples she gave were the lyrics “If you want a doormat, don’t call me” from “Addicted to Love” and “I ain’t lettin’ anyone tell me how I feel” from her title track.
Her breakup ballad, “Me Without Him”, also has the underlying theme of inner strength; Adley said the song is about a “heartbreaking breakup,” but the main character rises above it and doesn’t act like a victim. She said the character is essentially saying, “I still need to know who I am as an individual.”
The songs on the album are all inspired by Adley’s personal life over the past year of writing and recording them: “This time has been about figuring out who I am and what I stand for.” Her song ‘Crazy Dreams’ was developed with the help and encouragement of her friends who are part of Hinder, a rock band.
Adley stated that performing on stage is highly addictive, and there’s nothing that gives the same thrill: “It’s like this little torch has been lit, and I just want to start a nature with it.”
She intends to remain humble and responsible no matter how famous she becomes; she feels her talent is not something she has earned, but rather is a gift from God and not something to be taken for granted. “I feel like God is entrusting me with something, and I’m just trying to be the best woman I can be for whatever He has in store. I guess He didn’t want to pigeonhole me anyway.”
“Stay At Home Soldier” was her first hit single, released on April 6, 2015 on YouTube. “Don’t Wanna Love Him” is another song of hers that has gained huge popularity online, and a few of her songs also went viral on Facebook, including “Little Black Dress”, “Never Read This”, “Last Name” and “Weather the storm.”
She won the Grammy Amplifier award in 2016.
Her YouTube channel, The Adley Show, has over 65,000 subscribers who love her music-related content, including covers, original songs, and music videos. She also uploads vlogs, jokes and viral game challenges to her channel.
Adley is known as a fitness freak and usually exercises every day.
In April 2020, she got engaged to Blake Kinsman; the pair often make videos together.
She has blond hair, green eyes, is 1.65 m tall and weighs 55 kg.
Wealth and salary
As of 2020, her net worth is estimated to be over $500,000, mainly earned from her songs and tours.