WELLSVILLE — Ade Adu’s home music studio is nothing special.

It’s small, likely less than 10 feet by 10 feet, and a bit messy. It’s home to a laptop, a Yamaha keyboard and a black Takamine acoustic guitar.

But from that small room in that small upstairs East Pearl Street apartment in a small town, Mr. Adu hopes to make it big. If the effort doesn’t push him down the path to music stardom and financial freedom — and soon — he’s calling it a career.

“For me, I’m reaching that point where I need to make that transition to actually being a full-fledged artist versus the guy who sings at the restaurant or the guy who sings at the bar,” Mr. Adu said in a recent interview. “The past month and the next couple months are for me to make that transition.”

Local music enthusiasts may know Mr. Adu — a man who spent his much of his youth living in Lagos, Nigeria — has brought his pop-acoustic sound; scratchy yet distinguished vocals; and his culture-driven style to many of the Southern Tier’s watering holes and university rathskellers since 2009.

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