Singer/songwriter Dia Frampton is a music business veteran at age 24, forming her first band at the tender age of 14. She formed the indie alternative rock duo Meg & Dia with her older sister, Meg Frampton, and the two spent three summers as part of the Vans Warped Tour. After Meg & Dia released their fourth studio album, Cocoon, in April 2011, Dia auditioned for "The Voice," finishing second and garnering mainstream attention. In an exclusive interview with GRAMMY.com, Frampton discussed advice for aspiring artists, musical influences, her latest album Red, and life after appearing on "The Voice."
Frampton's appearance on the first season of reality TV series "The Voice" came at a time when she was experiencing a lull in her career.
"'The Voice' happened when I was feeling really low," she says. "All my band members were kind of scattered and our funds were running low. … And all of a sudden 'The Voice' came up, and it was kind of like a godsend. … Ever since 'The Voice' it's been an amazing new world."
Since then, Frampton has gone on tour with GRAMMY-nominated artist Blake Shelton, who was also her coach on "The Voice," and released her major label solo debut, Red.
"The color red was kind of like Dumbo's magic feather for me," says Frampton. "My mom said that if I wore red people would notice me and it would draw people to me. It's kind of the color that is seen as universally friendly."
The album peaked at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart and features collaborations with artists including Foster The People's Mark Foster, Kid Cudi and Shelton, among others. Red also features the single "The Broken Ones," which was co-written by Frampton, Ross Copperman and Tom Shapiro.
"A lot of the lyrics in 'The Broken Ones' were pulled from a song I had written three or four years ago because they were always lyrics that really hit home with me," said Frampton. "Ross and I wrote the bridge in two seconds. I just started singing and he was playing the guitar … it was a really magical song."
Frampton's appearance on "The Voice" is what the singer/songwriter describes as out of character for her, and that's the advice she gives to aspiring artists.
"The best advice is to do things that you wouldn't normally do," said Frampton. "Because [I auditioned for 'The Voice'] I have so many great things happening right now. So my biggest advice would be to take a leap and do things that you feel uncomfortable with or aren't you. Let your pride go and just try everything."
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