Friday, February 3, 2012

Raising Her Voice: Dia Frampton of NBC's "The Voice" plays Northampton this Tuesday, February 7th at Pearl Street

Dia Frampton lost "The Voice" finale last June by less than two percent of the vote, but who cares? The songs she performed on the TV show - Kanye West's "Heartless," R.E.M.'s "Losing My Religion" and the original number "Inventing Shadows" - became the highest-charting iTunes digital songs by any contestant on "The Voice," with the number of downloads sold reaching a total of 480,000 within a week of the show's conclusion.

OK, maybe Kanye didn't reached out to her after hearing "Heartless" like she hoped, but all the half-Korean, half-Dutch Utah native has to do is remember how it was before she scored big - all those times when she had no money and she and her sister were forced to record songs at her mom's house so that you can hear the dishwater running in the background. "It was very stressful and difficult and I am just excited to move forward," exclaims the vivacious 24-year-old.

While Frampton released her first solo album "Red" to critical acclaim in December, she hopes to continuing performing with Meg & Dia, the emo-folk band she formed with her sister in 2004, although "we're still deciding what we want to do with that. It's kind of ambiguous right now. It was hard for Meg. We're used to sharing the spotlight. We're used to writing together. It was hard for both of us." In any case, Meg is making jewelry now, which Dia sometimes wears when she performs..

Currently touring in support of her new CD, Dia Frampton comes to Pearl Street in Northampton on Tuesday. 8 p.m. $15 advance; $18 at the door. 586-8686,

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