Remember when Facebook first came out and people wrote that they liked all music besides rap and country? I wasn’t one of those people. (I swear!) But I didn’t become a fan of country music until one of my best friends moved to North Carolina. After a few months of adjusting to the southern lifestyle, she sent me a mix of all of her favorite country artists. All of the sudden, Taylor Swift broke through the music scene and country music started to become more mainstream. (At least that’s how I remember it. Were there country artists on Z100 and other pop stations before Taylor? If you know, let me know.) Now alongside Taylor, other artists like The Band Perry and Lady Antebellum are popping up on popular radio stations around the country/world.
There’s a new face to add to the list of popular country stars: Jana Kramer. You may know her from One Tree Hill, when the show flashed forward in time. She played Alex Dupree, an actress who was the face of Brooke Davis’ clothing line, Clothes Over Bros. She also appeared on Entourage, 90210 and Friday Night Lights. Jana was first an actress, but always had a stronger love for music. It’s more personal to her, so it took her some time to pursue. One Tree Hill was probably the best way to get her foot in the music scene. The show seemed to encourage the actors to showcase their musical talents. From Bethany Joy Lenz to Bryan Greenberg, they all had a chance to perform and have songs on the show. Jana was on her way to the country music stardom.
Jana’s debut single ‘Why Ya Wanna’ ranks as the highest charting female debut since Taylor Swift in 2005. Pretty impressive achievement! (I hope she did her best TaySwift shocked face when she found out.) She spent her summer touring with Brad Paisley and most recently performed on Blake Shelton’s cruise, where fans got to cruise around with their favorite country singers. Her newest single ‘Whiskey’ just hit the radio waves. She’s also up for 3 American Country Awards, including Best New Artist! You can vote for her here.
HelloGiggles has the exclusive ‘One of the Boys’ video from her Kickin It with @Kramergirl series. Check it out below!