So as I was watching one of Flame's episodes of "Pay for it or Pray for it" on his Instagram, this beautifully, well written song comes across the air waves. Flame went nuts, and so did I. The very next day I tracked Dia down and sent a message. We were blessed to be able to come alongside and help her with the release of her first single "No One" (the song we heard on Flame's IG). Dia is an artist you need to be watching for, she has an incredible voice and fantastic song writing skills, we are very excited for her and can't wait to see what God has!
We had the opportunity to ask Dia some questions pertaining to her life and music, here is what she had to say.
Hey Dia! Would you please share a little bit of your testimony with us?
I grew up in a Christian family. My dad preached at our church every now and then and my mom was the children’s ministry leader. We went to church every Sunday, attended every church event, and went to every summer camp. My siblings and I learned a lot about God growing up and had a lot of biblical knowledge. On the outside our family was picture perfect but really, our home was filled with anger, pain, division, and depression. My parents divorced when I was 11 years old. We went from living in a huge house in a great area right outside the city to a small house in the city where 6 out of my 7 siblings and I lived with our mom until we “aged out.” I believed in Jesus and knew what he did for me on the cross at a young age but I completely surrendered my life to him when I was 11-12 years old.
Wow, thank you so much for sharing that, praise God that He did a work in your heart at such a young age and during a no doubtingly trying time!
How long have you been making making music & why did you get started?
I've been writing since I was 11, so about 12 years ago. I got started purely out of my love for music. I've had a passion for all kinds of music since I was young and as I got older I began to realize that I could actually write my own. My songs started out as letters to God, then poems, and then I would put notes together on my keyboard or guitar and make a song.
I can tell you that we for sure are thankful as we have been blessed by your music already and Lord willing there is more to come! It has been exciting to see people responding to "No One" the way that they are!
What are some of your goals as they relate to life and music?
My goals are to live up to my fullest potential that God has given me; all for His glory. Regardless of what it looks like, I just want to be wholly used to build His Kingdom.
It's my prayer that this is the goal for all of us as believers in Jesus! That's what's up!
Who are some of your favorite musicians (artist or band) of all time and who have been rocking to lately?
I actually don’t have a favorite! I listen to anything and everything from Christian Hip-hip all the way to Christian Rock with everything else in between. I’ve recently been listening to a lot of contemporary christian music like Casting Crowns. I'm huge on lyrics and Casting Crown’s lyric game is on 100.
Awesome, I agree they are for sure on point lyrically. Pretty rad that you listen to such a wide variety of music styles, there is so much good music out there!
So, you recently released your first single "No One", can you briefly share a bit about the inspiration behind the song and why you wrote it?
I wrote “No One” on my lunch break. I was working at a job that I really did not enjoy and was just struggling with my desire and passion to pursue music while also being content, grateful, and usable where I was currently at. The song is just a reminder of who God is to me and that I can rest in His sovereignty.
You wrote that song on your lunch break?? Wow! Ha, it amazes me when I talk to artists and I learn tidbits like that, how cool! Love it, and honestly what a great setting being that you were wrestling with working a job you didn't enjoy or care for to be reminded of God's blessings even in the midst of that.
We do like to have a little fun in these interviews, with that, if you were creating an Ice Cream Sundae, what flavors of Ice Cream would you use and what are your must have toppings?
Vanilla Ice cream….Maybe some cookie dough on top if I’m feeling really crazy.
I am sort of a plain Jane when it comes to my food. Vanilla is good. Lol.
Not gonna lie, that may very well be one of the worst ice cream sundae description I have ever heard lol. I am glad you are able to demonstrate that level of self control and enjoy things that simply. If I were to describe mine in comparison to yours I would look like a real fatty and out of control.
If you were to name a Playlist after your life, what would you call it, and what would be 3 songs you would include on that playlist?
It would be called “When will she learn!?”
My playlist would have “No one” by me, “Already there” by Casting Crowns and “Death of me” by RED.
What is a verse in the Bible that you consider a life verse and what is your favorite book in the Bible?
Life verse is James 1 (The full chapter) and my favorite book in the Bible is James or Philippians
Awesome, both of those books pack a punch for sure!
Do you have any practical advice you would like to share with aspiring Christian artists like yourself?
Pray. Pray. Fast, and then pray some more. Walk with the Lord and He will make your ways straight. Educate yourself in the music business as best as you can, push yourself lyrically, try to surround your self with other musicians (if you can) to bounce ideas off of and get inspired. There are lots of things that we have to do on our end. We can’t expect to sit and do nothing and then have our dreams come true. However, God is still God and His will is perfect. Just trust it. Trust Him.
That is some great advice! Thank you so much for taking the time to answer our questions and again, we are seriously excited to see what God has for you!
Thank you all for reading this, we hope you enjoyed it and be sure to check out our other 1 on 1's.
Check out the lyric video for Dia's single "No One" below and if you like what you hear there are links to stream or purchase the song. Thanks again, God Bless!