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Published Tuesday, June 28, 2011 | 4:56 a.m.
Updated Wednesday, June 29, 2011 | 9:02 p.m.
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Former Las Vegas resident Dia Frampton took second place tonight on NBC’s “The Voice,” which pitted teams of singers selected by celebrity coaches against one another until a combination of their coach’s eliminations and America’s vote left only “the voice” standing.
She was beat out by favorite Javier Colon by only 2 percent of the vote.
During her final performance of the contest, Frampton sang an original song, “Inventing Shadows,” that soared immediately to No. 1 on iTunes’ top songs chart.
Years before Frampton was wowing audiences on TV, she was a timid Las Vegas high school student. You might have run into her at GameWorks or the now-defunct all-ages venue Jillian’s at Neonopolis, but you probably didn’t give her a second glance. “I highly doubt anybody would know who I was or would remember me,” the one-time Shadow Ridge student said over the phone. “I was that person that nobody really noticed.”
Undoubtedly, her former classmates have noticed her now.
No stranger to the music business, Frampton, 23, is one part of the familial band Meg & Dia (Meg is her sister). They spent two years on the Warped Tour and were once signed to Warner Bros. before being dropped last summer. They have since independently released the EP It’s Always Stormy in Tillamook and the full-length Cocoon.
“I thought doing (The Voice) would be really good promotion for the band since we don’t have a label, and we just put out a record that nobody really knows about,” Frampton said.
On the show, Frampton’s timid and quiet demeanor was a talking point that left many questioning how someone with that much touring experience could still be experiencing stage fright.
The singer asserts The Voice and touring are nothing alike.
“It’s really, really, really different, and that’s the thing, I’ve been on so many tours. There were times I was playing 200 shows a year. But, I’ve been playing with my sister for 10 years, and I’ve never been onstage alone without her, and that’s something in itself. And in this situation, I’ve got Christina Aguilera five feet away from me, waiting for me to go a little bit flat or a little bit sharp or forget a lyric.”
Despite being so close to the grand prize -- $100,000 and a contract with Universal Republic -- Frampton said her past makes it difficult to get wrapped up in talks about the future. “I feel like I’ve almost had something so many times in my musical career,” she said.
This story was first published on LasVegasWeekly.com.