Jana Kramer

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Jana Kramer
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BornJana Rae Kramer
(1983-12-02) December 2, 1983 (age 30)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
OccupationSinger, actress
Years active2002–present
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Jana Kramer
Jana Kramer.png
Jana chats with Walmart Soundcheck Risers
BornJana Rae Kramer
(1983-12-02) December 2, 1983 (age 30)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
OccupationSinger, actress
Years active2002–present

Jana Rae Kramer (born December 2, 1983) is an American actress and country music singer. She is best known for her role as Alex Dupre on the television series, One Tree Hill. Kramer began a country music career in 2012 with the single "Why Ya Wanna", from her self-titled debut album for Elektra Records.

Early life[edit]

Kramer was born in Vienna, Michigan, to Nora and Martin Kramer. She grew up in the town of Rochester, Michigan, where she attended Rochester Adams High School.[1] She speaks some German.[2]


2002–11: Acting career and record deal[edit]

In 2002, Kramer made her acting debut in the low-budget independent Horror film Dead/Undead. The following year Kramer guest appeared on All My Children which was marked as Kramer's television debut. Kramer has since continued to appear in a number of television shows such as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice and CSI: NY. She has also had small supporting roles in films such as Click, Prom Night and Spring Breakdown.

In 2007, Kramer appeared in a recurring role on the NBC sports drama television series Friday Night Lights. Jana played the role of Noelle Davenport in the series second season. In 2008 Kramer appeared in The CW teen drama series 90210 a reboot of the 1990s teen drama television series Beverly Hills 90210. Kramer played the role of high school student Portia Ranson and made her debut in the first seasons second episode "The Jet Set". Her role went on for six episodes and Kramer made her final appearance in "The Party's Over" which aired May 5, 2009.

In 2009, Kramer appeared on the HBO dramedy television series Entourage. Kramer played the role of a sorority girl who seduces the character Turtle played by Jerry Ferrara and appeared in four episodes.

In June 2009, it was announced Kramer would star in The CW drama television series seventh season of One Tree Hill. Kramer played the role of Alex Dupre an Actress and tabloid darling who becomes the new face of Brooke Davis's fashion line "Clothes Over Bros" and creates havoc for the residents of Tree Hill. Kramer made her first appearance in the seasons first episode. Initially Kramer's appearance on the show was meant to be in a recurring form but Kramer's role was upgraded as a series regular by the premiere of the seasons fourteenth episode "Family Affair". In March 2012, Kramer announced she would not return in a regular form for the shows ninth and final season to pursue her music career. Kramer made her final appearance in the second episode of the ninth season "In the Room Where You Sleep" which aired on January 18, 2012.[3]

In February 2011, Kramer signed a recording contract with Elektra Records. That same month she premiered her promo track, "I Won't Give Up", which premiered in the One Tree Hill episode "Holding Out for a Hero", was released the following day exclusively on iTunes and Amazon. The song reached number 75 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. The following month Kramer began work on her debut album. Country music producer Scott Hendricks produced the majority of the record. In April 2011, Kramer released another promo track titled, "Whiskey" which she also performed on One Tree Hill. The song reached number 99 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart on digital sales alone.[3]

2012–present: Continued acting and Jana Kramer[edit]

In February 2012, Kramer was cast as the protagonist in the independent drama film Heart of the Country. Kramer will play the role of a privileged young woman Faith Carraday,[4] a young woman who is following her show-biz dreams who leaves her life behind to rural North Carolina after her husband is jailed for Wall Street fraud. Kramer is also attached to a horror film named The Gatekeeper.[3]

On January 16, 2012, Kramer released her official debut single, "Why Ya Wanna". Kramer premiered the official music video directed by Kristin Barlowe on February 6, 2012. The song peaked at number 52 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and number 3 on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. "Whiskey" is the album's second official single.

On June 1, 2012, made her first ever televised live performance on Fox & Friends to promote her debut album. She performed, "Why Ya Wanna" in front of a crowd of fans in New York City, New York. On June 5, 2012, Kramer released her self-titled debut album Jana Kramer. The record received positive reviews from critics with many praising Kramer's vocal performance.

Kramer will open up for Blake Shelton on his Ten Times Crazier Tour. The tour will begin on July 19, 2013, in Virginia Beach, VA.[5]

In August 2013 the independent film Approaching Midnight starring Kramer had its world premiere at the Emagine Royal Oak in Michigan. [6]

Jana Kramer began recording her second album in September. She has been performing new songs on her current tour, including "That's Hot," "Deal Breaker," and "Hey Hey Kiss Kiss."

Personal life[edit]

Kramer's first marriage was to Michael Gambino in Las Vegas, NV in 2004. They divorced several months later.

On December 22, 2009, Kramer became engaged to actor Johnathon Schaech. The couple met on the set Prom Night and appeared as a couple in the film Laid to Rest. They were married on July 4, 2010, in Glen Arbor, Michigan. However, the marriage lasted a little over a month before the couple separated.

It was announced in September 2012 that Kramer was dating country music singer Brantley Gilbert. They had kept their relationship quiet for about eight months before the announcement. The couple got engaged on January 20, 2013, which was also his 28th birthday.[7] They split in August 2013.[8]


2002Dead/UndeadAlice St. James
2003All My ChildrenUnknown(Unknown episodes, Uncredited)
The PassageBartender at Alvin's
Blood GamesMistress Tiamat(as Jana Rae)
2005Blue DemonCarrie
Return of the Living Dead: NecropolisKatie Williams(Jana got so sick that she could not finish filming; she had to be flown back to the States.) (Filming was in Romania.)
CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationRae(1 episode-"Post Mortem", Uncredited)
CSI: NYPaige Rowand(1 episode-"Sweet 16")
Friday Night LightsNoelle Davenport(6 episodes-"How Did I Get Here", "Pantherama!", "There Goes the Neighborhood", "Jumping the Gun", "Who Do You Think You Are?","Humble Pie")
2008Prom NightApril
Approaching MidnightAspen
Can You DuetHerself(2 episodes-"Open Auditions", "Workshop Week 1")
Bar StarzRyann
Grey's AnatomyLola(2 episodes-"Freedom Parts 1 & 2")
The Poker ClubTrudy TodaroSupporting role
2008–200990210Portia Ranson(6 episodes-"The Jet Set", "That Which We Destroy", "Hello, Goodbye, Amen", "Love Me or Leave Me", "Between a Sign and a Hard Place", "The Party's Over")
2009Private PracticeLyla(1 episode-"What Women Want")
Laid to RestJamie
Spring BreakdownSeven #2
EntourageBrooke Manning(4 episodes-"Security Briefs", "Berried Alive", "Scared Straight", "Give a little bit")
One Tree HillAlex Dupre (Alice Whitehead)Regular (Season 7.14 - 9.02) Recurring (7.02-7.14), 39 Episodes
2012Heart of The CountryFaith Carraday


Studio albums[edit]

TitleDetailsPeak chart
US CountryUS
Jana Kramer519


YearSinglePeak chart positionsCertifications
(sales threshold)
US Country
US Country Airplay
CAN Coutnry
2012"Why Ya Wanna"3350100Jana Kramer
2013"I Hope It Rains"42
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Promotional singles[edit]

YearSinglePeak positionsAlbum
2011"I Won't Give Up"75Jana Kramer
2012"What I Love About Your Love"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

2012"Why Ya Wanna"[16]Kristin Barlowe
"Goodbye California"[17]
"One of the Boys"[19]
"I Hope It Rains"[20]
"What I Love About Your Love"[21]
2013"Whiskey"[22]Mason Dixon
"I Hope It Rains"[23]Kristin Barlowe

Awards and nominations[edit]

2012American Country AwardsArtist of the Year: New ArtistNominated
Single of the Year: New Artist- "Why You Wanna"Nominated
Music Video of the Year: New Artist- "Why You Wanna"Nominated
2013ACM AwardsTop New Female ArtistWon
Top New ArtistNominated
CMT Music AwardsFemale Video of the Year : "Why Ya Wanna"Nominated
Breakthrough Video of the Year : "Why Ya Wanna"Nominated


  1. ^ Crawfis, Jesse (February 28, 2012). "Actress, Country Music Star Returns To Her Hometown With Video". The Oakland Press. Retrieved February 28, 2012. 
  2. ^ "New Artist Spotlight: Jana Kramer". Great American County. Retrieved June 4, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/the-615/499411/spotlight-jana-kramer-gave-up-one-tree-hill-for-music-dreams
  4. ^ "Heart of the Country Website". 
  5. ^ http://www.theboot.com/2013/01/17/blake-shelton-tour-dates-2013/
  6. ^ "Independent Michigan film "Approaching Midnight" premieres in Royal Oak". TheOaklandPress.com. TheOaklandPress.com. 09 Sept 2013. Retrieved 17 Sept 2013. 
  7. ^ Dukes, Billy (September 21, 2012). "Brantley Gilbert Confirms That He and Jana Kramer Are Dating". Taste of Country. Retrieved 23 September 2012. 
  8. ^ http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/jana-kramer-fiance-brantley-gilbert-split-2013158
  9. ^ Matt Bjorke (April 17, 2013). "Country Album Chart News For April 17, 2013: Brad Paisley Tops Chart; 17 Country Albums In Top 40; Chuck Wicks EP's Big Debut". Roughstock. Retrieved April 19, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Jana Kramer Album & Song Chart History - Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 8, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Jana Kramer Album & Song Chart History - Country Airplay". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 8, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Jana Kramer Album & Song Chart History - Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 8, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Jana Kramer Album & Song Chart History - Canada Country". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 20, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Jana Kramer Album & Song Chart History - Canadian Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 8, 2012. 
  15. ^ "American single certifications – Jana Kramer – Why Ya Wanna". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  16. ^ "CMT : Videos : Jana Kramer : Why Ya Wanna". Country Music Television. Retrieved February 6, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Videos: Jana Kramer : Goodbye California". YouTube. Retrieved November 5, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Videos: Jana Kramer : Whiskey". YouTube. Retrieved October 29, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Videos: Jana Kramer : One of the Boys". YouTube. Retrieved June 3, 2012. 
  20. ^ "Videos: Jana Kramer : I Hope It Rains". YouTube. Retrieved May 30, 2012. 
  21. ^ "Videos: Jana Kramer : What I Love About Your Love". YouTube. Retrieved January 11, 2012. 
  22. ^ "CMT : Videos : Jana Kramer : Whiskey". Country Music Television. Retrieved January 18, 2013. 
  23. ^ "CMT : Videos : Jana Kramer : I Hope It Rains". Country Music Television. Retrieved July 15, 2013. 

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