Establishing and pursuing a music career takes all the village Stacy Grubb can muster.
Though she grew up in a musical family in southern West Virginia and enjoyed singing at home or among friends, Grubb said it took a nudge from her musician dad to get her on stage.
Her dad, Alan Johnston, was in country bands before Grubb was born, and during her childhood, he sang and played piano in church.
"I didn't do much with music myself," she said. She was a prolific songwriter, but she did it for her own enjoyment.
But when she was in her 20s and living in Knoxville, Tenn., her dad started a bluegrass band and invited her to sing with him occasionally.
"It was really nerve-wracking to get out and be in front of people," she said, recalling her first stage moments.
As Grubb gained confidence - and started getting noticed for her pure country voice - she realized she could develop her talent. Her husband, Jason, her high school sweetheart, even went to law school with the idea that he could help her.
"We made a lot of early decisions based on each other's goals," she said. "We wanted to get to the point where he could manage my career. He was able to get me a lot of opportunities that people starting out weren't getting."
Grubb ended up taking a look at those songs she'd written for many years, revisiting and polishing them up.
"I never had any reason to suspect they were going to be recorded," Grubb said.
Then she helped her dad out with a McDowell County theatrical production, "Terror on the Tug," for which her dad wrote the music.
"An old band mate of his came to see it, and they reconnected. And that made my dad want to reconnect with another old band mate, Ronnie Cochran, who lived in Tennessee."
Cochran was introduced to Grubb's music through her proud dad, and next thing she knew, he was producing her first record, "Hurricane," in 2009.
Grubb still performs some with her dad but has since branched out on her own, making a name for herself in the bluegrass world, performing regionally.
Friday night, she comes to the Alban Arts Center as part of its concert series. And on Saturday, she'll be inducted as a member of the Wheeling Jamboree, the first person to be inducted since Brad Paisley.