Posts Tagged ‘Blake Shelton’

A few months after the conclusion of NBC’s first season of “The Voice,” runner-up Dia Frampton is starting to claim her fame, with lots of thanks to her mentor Blake Shelton. The mentor relationship Blake had with his two contestants, Frampton and Xenia, was unlike the other mentors. You could really tell from watching the show that he truly believed in their talent and their success. Blake has believed in Frampton so much that he has booked her on his upcoming tour that will begin in February, around the same time as the start of the second season of “The Voice.”

In other big news for Frampton, she has been recording her debut album titled “Red,” which will be released on December 6 by Universal Records. This album includes collaborations with several great songwriters and producers such as Kid Cudi, Mark Pontius of Foster the People, Isabella Summers of Florence and the Machine and Tom Shapiro.

Frampton was known as the lyricist of the show. Because of this, Frampton says this is one of the most raw and emotional pieces of art she has ever put out. Before going solo, Frampton had several EPs under the name of Meg & Dia, a duet with her sister. Here is “My Ugly Mouth” from the EP “It’s Always Stormy In Tillamook.”

-Hayley Isaacson

The days of Country music defining itself by mandolins and banjos are over.  With many thanks to Country-Pop crossover acts such as Taylor Swift and Lady Antebellum, the country music audience has grown exponentially in the past years.  On November 9, the 45th CMA Awards  will air live on ABC at 8/7c.  For the fourth consecutive year, Carrie Underwood will host the event with Brad Paisley.

The highest honor one can win at the CMAs is Entertainer of the Year. You see, selling albums is only half of the deal to them; the Country music scene thrives on live shows, summer tours and TV specials. Up for Entertainer of the Year this year are Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban.  Although Paisley, Swift and Urban have won in past years, you can expect performances from all five nominees.

So stayed tuned for a recap after the show airs.  Because if there’s anything I love talking about more then Dubstep, Electronic music, and British singers, it’s Country music.

With their new album “Own the Night” just released on September 13, Lady Antebellum is nominated for Vocal Group of the Year.  Here is the album’s second single “We Owned the Night”:

-Hayley Isaacson