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Interview:
Dia Frampton still feels the call of "The Voice"
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Dia Frampton tries to wear her status as elder statesperson on The Voice Tour well.

"Even before 'The Voice I was the elder, in a way," notes Frampton, 26, who was the inaugural season's runner-up in 2011 after coming to the show from the band Meg & Dia with her sister, with whom she released four albums. "I've been touring almost 10 years now, on the road eight months of the year. My career was already in motion before I joined the show."

Since "The Voice" Frampton has gone solo, releasing the album "Red" in 2011 and opening for "The Voice" coach Blake Shelton, as well as recording with Crystal Method and Lindsey Sterling. In May she released a six-song EP called "Archis," returning to the independent ranks after "Red's" major label debut. But Frampton is still happy to maintain an association with the show, whether it's on TV or on the road.

" 'The Voice' was a great stepping stone," Frampton says. "It helped with so much. It was definitely an interesting thing for me to do. I'm definitely not a reality TV person, and I don't even watch TV, so it's a good thing it was the first season and I didn't know anything about it. If it was Season 2 I probably would have said no.

"But not knowing and being pushed into something I wouldn't regularly do was a good challenge. I got to meet so many people and be inspired by them and to work with Blake Shelton, who is genuinely an incredible person. And to have the opportunity to perform live in front of 13 million people on television -- that's something I probably won't ever get the chance to do again."

The Voice Tour with Dia Frampton, Tessane Chin, Jacquie Lee, Will champlin and others

Tuesday, July 15

Masonic Temple Auditorium,

Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $65 and $35.

Call (313) 832-7100 or visit www.themasonic.com.

Web Site: www.themasonic.com

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