Love Taylor Swift? Count Lady Antebellum as one of your favorite artists? Can’t get enough of Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland? Retire those artists for a minute and take a listen to country music newcomer Jana Kramer.
You may recognize Jana as Alex Dupre from “One Tree Hill” but it’s her self-titled debut album that is going to secure Jana’s place as a breakout star.
Whether it’s Jana’s country-pop sensibilities on lead single “Why Ya Wanna” or her heart-breaking vocals on “Over You By Now” Jana Kramer is quickly rising on the charts and poised to become the next big thing out of Nashville.
Jana’s debut album dropped early in June and immediately moved to the #1 spot on the iTunes country music albums chart. Jana remembers that chart-topping moment, telling Stereotude of the “awesome” discovery when “my producer called me and was like ‘go online right now and check it out!’”
It’s this kind of success that Jana will have to get used to, saying that hearing her single “Why You Wanna” on the radio for the first time was “surreal.”
Actually, Jana has been poised to make her music debut for some time now, her character on “One Tree Hill” mimicked her real life career transition. Playing an actress-turned-country-music star on the show allowed her to release several of her hits during episodes.
“Once the show turned my character into a singer, I was able to start performing my songs on the show,” Jana tells us, “Then I got a record deal and left the show. It was hard at first, everyone told me, ‘You’re only going to have your ‘One Tree Hill’ fame following you,’ but luckily I’ve been able to move past that fanbase and find my music fans.”
Now, Jana is touring with Brad Paisley on his Virtual Reality Tour, calling this opportunity a “highlight of my career.” If given the chance to return to TV or stay on the road touring, Jana would take the tour-bus any day.
“Going on the road is the best thing I’ve ever done,” she gushes, “It’s the coolest thing ever.”
While touring with Brad Paisley was a dream come true for the singer, Jana’s ultimate collaboration would be with Pistol Annie’s brainchild Miranda Lambert.
We think Jana would make a perfect lead in whatever movie-musical Hollywood has up-its-sleeve, but for now Jana is just focusing on the music, “no movie-musical anytime soon,” she tells us with a laugh.