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BRENTWOOD VIEW: 'The Voice' star as close as the gym

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By SUE FALLS
Special to Brentwood Home Page
Living in Music City and its suburbs, you never know when or where you are going to run into a singer, performer, actor or professional athlete. And, of course, there are even more 'wannabes' who've moved to this area hoping to be the next big thing. 

As luck would have it, BHP’s Be Healthy Challenge brought me face-to-face with a singer who just might become a household name in country music – Adley Stump, a finalist on NBC’s The Voice. 

There are five Be Healthy Challenge teams, all working out at different sponsoring gyms. My team – the best team – works out at Prairie Life Fitness three days a week.

At one of our first morning workouts, a few of us saw a young woman with wild curly hair across the gym. We knew she looked familiar, and then we realized who it was. We got up the gumption to ask her if she would be in a picture with us.

'The Voice' contestant Adley Stump with her new best friends, members of BHP's Prairie Life Fitness team.

On Monday, I got a little braver and asked for an interview. Brentwood Home Page is pretty strict about keeping advertising and editorial separate but hey, when the opportunity arises, jump in I say. So I did.

Her story is a perfect example of good luck and timing.

Adley moved to the Brentwood area just nine months ago after being “discovered” via a YouTube audition that investor Rick Teague with Force Majeure Music came across.  Rick signed Adley, who had just graduated from Oklahoma State with a degree in public relations, and she promptly moved to Nashville. 

Ironically Adley only started singing a few years ago on a dare. When her sorority sisters learned about an available part in a school musical, they dared her to try out. She got the part.

After the play, Adley sang at some bars and saloons in near Stillwater. That's when her mom posted the video on YouTube. 

Her road to The Voice is almost as random. Before she graduated from college, Adley decided she needed to make some quick money. When she went online to learn how to be a participant on the game show Jeopardy, she came across the audition schedule for The Voice. The closest audition spot was right here in Nashville.

As luck would have it, she made the cut and was called back for more auditions.  Next she headed to Los Angeles where she spent the next two and a half months prepping to be on the show for her 90-second performance.  Luckily, Blake Shelton and Christina Aguilera both chose Adley. Out of 125 singers who auditioned, only 48 were chosen to work with the four mentors.  Adley’s choice for her coach was Blake (who just happens to be my favorite country singer.)

 While Adley is excited about the exposure she's getting on The Voice, she's also expanding her options and is hosting a web-reality show called Get Stumped.  In a twist on the shows that “punk” unsuspecting non-participants, Adley videos random acts of kindness. Here’s an example: Once she gave a 'Contributor' newspaper vendor money for lunch, and then stayed at his spot and sold the newspapers for him while he went to eat.

She didn't win the battle on The Voice on Monday night, but if you want to see her live, check her out at 3rd and Lindsley this Wednesday night.   

We’re almost best friends. Now, I need to speak to Blake about his poor decision…

Sue Falls is an account executive with Brentwood Home Page. She also has a journalism degree from Purdue University, is mom to three children and really does love Blake Shelton.

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