Published: Tuesday January 29, 2013 MYT 5:11:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday January 29, 2013 MYT 5:27:42 PM
By Livingeshan. K
Dia Leif Frampton or known simply as Dia, first made her foray into the music industry when she formed the band Meg and Dia with her sister, Meg Frampton.
The inevitable question she often gets asked is, if she is in any way related to the singer Peter Frampton, to which her answer is a resounding, no.
The 25-year-old lass from Draper, Utah, was in Malaysia as part of her Asian tour to promote her first solo album Red, released after she became runner-up in the inaugural season of the American reality talent show The Voice.
At a press conference, Dia spoke about fighting her way to becoming a recognised singer and offered advice to aspiring musicians.
I think Twitter, Facebook and YouTube are such great social media networks that are available to people. I think that's partly the reason why I'm here; I'm able to tweet and tell people where I'm performing, but it's also a bad thing because a lot of people get stuck posting video clips in Facebook and YouTube when the most important thing is performing in front of an audience. Go play at your local bar, go play at your cousin's birthday party, sing in front of an audience, practice being nervous, I think that's really important.
Dia had the most humblest of beginnings in her journey to becoming a singer. I started in a very unglamorous way. At the age of nine and 10 I was playing almost every month at any old folks' home. I'd go during lunch time and I would sing for 30 minutes and I always sang older songs because they were people in their 60s and 70s. And then I'd sing in rodeos and county fairs where there would be 60 people watching. I was about 17 when I went on my first real tour. We slept in parking lots and on park benches.
Cocoon, an album by her band Meg and Dia, proved to be the catalyst for her participation in The Voice. She admits her sole objective for taking part in the reality show was to promote the album. However, Cocoon received a lukewarm response in comparison with her solo album Red, which she released after her performance in The Voice.
Although Meg and Dia have been singing since they were kids, Meg has decided to break away to concentrate on her online jewellery company but the two remain close. I saw her for Christmas and Thanksgiving. I invited her to join me on this tour but she had college classes.
Being on her own and traveling has given Dia the opportunity to find herself. I've always been in (Meg's) shadows, not in a sad way because I do look up to her a lot. She's been such an influence in my life. But now that she's not with me I have to rely on myself and it has forced me to become more solid in my convictions.
She says that taking part in The Voice has allowed her to work with producers, songwriters and singers she has looked up to for many years. Working with her coach, country super star Blake Shelton was a thrill she says, crediting him for her getting this far.
What does the future hold for Dia Fampton? An album for sure. I'm taking things day by day, she says. There are so many things going on at the same time and there are so many things I want to do. The only thing I can do every day is wake up and try to figure out what I can do to make that day the most beneficial. How do I get the most of time for that day.