Dia Frampton

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Dia Frampton
Dia Frampton guitar 2012.jpg
Frampton performing in 2012
Background information
Birth name Dia Leif Frampton
Born (1987-10-02) October 2, 1987 (age 27)
Draper, Utah
Genres Indie pop, folk
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments vocals, piano, guitar
Years active 2005–present
Labels Universal Republic, Republic
Associated acts Meg & Dia, Lindsey Stirling, Archis, Joseph Trapanese
Website http://www.diaframptonmusic.net/

Dia Leif Frampton[1] (born October 2, 1987), is an American singer-songwriter and was the lead singer of the band Meg & Dia. She was the runner-up in the inaugural season of The Voice and is currently the lead singer in her band, Archis.

Life and career[edit]

Early life[edit]

Dia Frampton attended Dixie High School in St. George, Utah and Shadow Ridge High School in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dia graduated early by homeschooling her senior year, and at the same time attending public school. (junior year in 2005) Dia then moved to Salt Lake City with her sister to further their music career. She cites as influences Modest Mouse, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Joni Mitchell, The Avett Brothers, Rocky Votolato, Ben Folds, Etta James, Death Cab for Cutie, The Cranberries, and Cursive.[2] During live performances, Frampton plays percussion instruments, such as the cowbell and tambourine, and occasionally a Casio Privia keyboard. She almost always performs without shoes on. She also does not like to eat anything within two hours of performing. Her father is an American of English and Dutch ancestry and her mother is Korean, originally from Seoul. Frampton often recorded a "song diary," an impromptu recorded song, on her MySpace page. She explained, "It was something very raw, and to be honest, something that I was slightly embarrassed to put up because of the quality but I did anyways, for any of our listeners who would care to hear something not hot off the production belt, but something more organic and 'home made.' It made me feel better to share my feelings with people who could connect, and I think that is what happened with many."[3]

2011: The Voice[edit]

Dia Frampton was a contestant (and eventual runner-up) on the first season of The Voice on NBC, introduced as a children's story author. Frampton stated that she had originally joined the show only with the intention of promoting Cocoon and had not expected that she would make it that far in the competition.[4] She was selected to be on the team of coach Blake Shelton, who stated, "when I heard your voice, I started to smile." Frampton advanced through the show's quarter-finals and semi-finales after renditions of "Heartless" and "Losing My Religion". In the season finale, she sang "Inventing Shadows", an original song written by Fraser T Smith. Notably, the aforementioned singles were the highest charting iTunes digital songs by any contestant on The Voice during its respective voting eligibility period, with "Inventing Shadows" topping the charts at No. 1. Following the season finale on June 29, 2011, "Inventing Shadows" debuted at No. 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 with 137,000 downloads sold. As of July 7, 2011 Frampton's The Voice digital releases have sold 480,000 downloads.[5]

Frampton subsequently won the title of Entertainment Weekly's 2011 'Favourite Reality Show Personality' over Michael Stagliano from the second season of Bachelor Pad.[6]

Performances on The Voice
Stage Song Original Artist Date Order Result
Blind Audition "Bubbly" Colbie Caillat May 3, 2011 2.16 Cee Lo Green and Blake Shelton turned
Joined Team Blake
Battle Rounds "You Can't Hurry Love" (vs. Serabee) The Supremes May 24, 2011 5.2 Saved by Coach
Quarterfinals "Heartless" Kanye West June 7, 2011 7.4 Saved by Public Vote
Semifinals "Losing My Religion" R.E.M. June 21, 2011 9.3 Saved by Coach and Public Vote (106 Points)
Finals "I Won't Back Down" (with Blake Shelton) Tom Petty June 28, 2011 11.2 Runner-up
"Inventing Shadows" (Original) Dia Frampton 11.5

2011-2013: Red and embarking on solo career[edit]

A 21 second sample of Frampton's debut single, "The Broken Ones".

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Frampton's single, "The Broken Ones," was released on November 15, 2011, and her solo album, Red, was released on December 6, 2011. Frampton wrote (or co-wrote) every song on Red. Notable co-written songs include "Billy the Kid", which she wrote with Mark Foster and Isom Innis, lead singer and keyboard player for Foster the People respectively, "Hearts out to Dry," which she wrote with her sister, Meg, and "Bullseye," which she wrote with Isabella Summers, the keyboard player for Florence and the Machine.

She was the opening act for her coach, Blake Shelton, on his Well Lit & Amplified tour. Shelton insisted that she had earned her spot on his tour and he was not doing her any favors.[7] She later was a supporting act for The Fray in their sold out US tour in the Midwest and the West Coast from April to May 2011.[8] Her own solo US tour took place from February to July 2012,[9] with Canadian singer/songwriter Andrew Allen as her opening act.[10]

She covered the Korean song, "Lonely" by 2NE1, as an acoustic ballad in English for allkpop.com to promote her later concert in Seoul, Korea.[11] On 30 December 2012, she sang a solo of "Heartless" and performed "We Are The Champions" with the final 8 of The Voice of Vietnam.[12] She also held a small tour in January 2013, staging concerts across Southeast Asian countries Vietnam, Singapore, Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.[13]

2013-present: Archis & new EP[edit]

Dia Frampton performing in Los Angeles (September 2013)

Frampton is currently working on the follow-up to her debut solo album.[14] She describes it to have a 'more organic sound, less electronic' and 'sound modern but not covered in synths'.[15] The songs of the new album are also slower and softer.[16] She hopes to complete the album by the end of 2013.[16] Frampton is also working on her first novel,[14] which is a dark romance about 'a guy who died and he is in hell and he is waiting for his wife to join him but she is in heaven, so he is trying to find a way to get to her.'[15]

Frampton was featured on "Heart On the Floor", which is a track on The Summer Set's new album, Legendary. The album was released on April 16, 2013.[17] She was also featured on Never Shout Never's Christmas EP, singing "Under the Mistletoe"[18] and on The Crystal Method's new single "Over It", which will be featured on their self-tiled album upcoming on January 14, 2014. As of January, 2014, Dia is now the opening act for the James Blunt Moon Landing Tour. On April 29, 2014 Lindsey Stirling released her album Shatter Me on which Dia collaborated on the songs We Are Giants and Shatter Me.[19] She was also featured in the single "Stay" by Australian DJ tyDi which was released on April 8, 2014.[20]

In June 2014, it was announced that after the release of "Red," Frampton had been dropped from Universal Republic. It was also announced that her new album would be an EP, and not a solo album but under the name of her new band, Archis.[21] Two songs from the EP have premiered, "Blood" and "I Need You." The music video for "Blood" was released on June 2, 2014. In August 2014, Frampton announced that Archis had been signed to a new label, and that the EP would be released in January 2015.[22] The EP was produced by her frequent collaborator Joseph Trapanese.



Title Album details Peak chart positions

  • Released: December 6, 2011
  • Label: Universal Republic
  • Format: CD, digital download
106 1


Year Single Peak positions Album
2011 "Heartless" 57 10 Non-album releases by The Voice
"Losing My Religion" 54 10
"Inventing Shadows" 20 4
"I Won't Back Down"
(with Blake Shelton)
57 67
"The Broken Ones" Red

Featured Artist[edit]

Year Song Title Release Details
2009 "Where Are You Now?" The Summer Set - Love Like This
2013 "Heart on the Floor" The Summer Set - Legendary
2013 "Under the Mistletoe" Never Shout Never - The Xmas EP
2014 "Over It" The Crystal Method - The Crystal Method
2014 "Stay" tyDi - Single
2014 "We Are Giants" Lindsey Stirling - Shatter Me
2014 Sarajevo Watsky - All You Can Do


Music videos[edit]

Year Title Director
2011 "The Broken Ones" David McClister
2013 "Over It"
(with The Crystal Method)
Zak Stoltz


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  3. ^ Teen Vogue interview
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  11. ^ "[Exclusive] Dia Frampton performs her rendition of 2NE1′s "Lonely"". allkpop.com. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  12. ^ "Voice of US’s 1st runner-up arrives in HCMC". TUOITRENEWS. December 29, 2012. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  13. ^ "Dia Frampton - Facebook announcement of SEA tour". 
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  15. ^ a b Hadi, Eddino Abdul. "Listen up to Dia's Voice". The Straits Times. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  16. ^ a b "Dia Frampton talks new album and new year resolutions". The New Paper. January 1, 2013. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  17. ^ http://www.amazon.com/Legendary/dp/B00C7H154Y/ref=tmm_other_meta_binding_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1365907821&sr=1-1
  18. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-xmas-ep/id738210284
  19. ^ Shatter Me (album)
  20. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/stay-feat.-dia-frampton-ep/id855568550
  21. ^ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-permalink-23394.html
  22. ^ http://archismusic.wordpress.com/2014/08/29/archis/
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  24. ^ a b Peak chart positions for charted songs in the United States: