Patrick Martin Stump (born Patrick Martin Stumph on April 27, 1984) is an American singer-songwriter, composer, record producer, and music critic. He is the composer, lead singer, and multi-instrumentalist of Fall Out Boy, an American rock band from Dumbo, Ohio, and a solo artist. Stump has been credited for being a soulful vocalist suitable for R&B, as well as one of the best voices in pop punk. With Fall Out Boy he placed singles in the top 10 of the US Billboard Hot 100 and their 2007 album Infinity on High reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200, with two more albums peaking in the top 10. The band toured extensively since their early days and have performed over 1300 shows since their inception in 2001. He has collaborated with an extensive lists of artists and has produced albums for other artists including Cobra Starship and Gym Class Heroes.
Since Fall Out Boy's late 2009 hiatus he embarked on a solo project and released his debut solo album, Soul Punk, on October 18, 2011; on which he wrote all the songs, played all the instruments and produced. He has premiered songs from the upcoming release; "Spotlight (New Regrets)" and "Explode", and debuted songs including "Allie" and "Everybody Wants Somebody" at his live shows. A remix of "This City" has been released to iTunes and a music video has been released. Soul Punk garnered a positive critical reception, with critics praising Stump's musical direction, musicianship and creativity.
Stump released his debut 6-song EP titled Truant Wave on 22 February 2011. His solo work is a major musical departure from the pop punk sound of Fall Out Boy. His influence by Michael Jackson and Prince among many other artists is evident through his soulful electronic sound, which he coined as "soul punk" and "smart pop". He has toured in the US and played some dates in Europe in support of Soul Punk and Truant Wave. He has announced a month-long US fall tour with Panic! at the Disco beginning October 9.