Jana Kramer

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Jana Kramer
Jana Kramer.png
Kramer in 2012
BornJana Rae Kramer
(1983-12-02) December 2, 1983 (age 30)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
OccupationSinger, actress
Years active2002–present

Michael Gambino (2004-2004)

Johnathon Schaech (2010-2011)
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Jana Kramer
Jana Kramer.png
Kramer in 2012
BornJana Rae Kramer
(1983-12-02) December 2, 1983 (age 30)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
OccupationSinger, actress
Years active2002–present

Michael Gambino (2004-2004)

Johnathon Schaech (2010-2011)

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 Rochester, Michigan, to Nora and Martin Kramer. Jana has one brother Steve who is a police officer. Jana 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 marked 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. She 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 season's 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 (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 season's 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 season's fourteenth episode "Family Affair". In March 2012, Kramer announced she would not return in a regular form for the show's 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", and 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]

Kramer performing at 5 Towers in Universal City in 2014

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, Kramer made her first 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. 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.

On June 5, 2013, Nationwide Insurance released the first of a series of commercials in its "Join the Nation" campaign featuring Kramer as a stealthy woman dressed in black leather, who follows a team of burglars and replaces the items they steal with newer versions, to promote Nationwide's "Brand New Belongings" initiative.[5] Nationwide had signed Kramer to sing the Nationwide jingle in August 2012.[6] A second commercial, released in April 2014, featured Kramer's character replacing items in a fire-blackened apartment to promote Nationwide's renters' insurance.[7]

In July 2013, Kramer opened for Blake Shelton on his Ten Times Crazier Tour, in Virginia Beach, VA.[8]

In August 2013, the independent film Approaching Midnight starring Kramer had its world premiere at the Emagine Royal Oak in Michigan.[9]

She began recording her second album in September 2013. She has been performing new songs on her current tour, including "That's Hot," "Deal Breaker," and "Hey Hey Kiss Kiss," "Pop That Bottle," and "Don't Touch My Radio."[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

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

On December 22, 2009, Kramer became engaged to actor Johnathon Schaech. The couple met on the set of 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.[10] Their divorce was finalized in June 2011.[11]

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.[12] They split in August 2013.[13]

In August 2014, Kramer began dating Washington Redskins Tight End, Michael Caussin.


2002Dead/UndeadAlice St. James
2003All My ChildrenUnknownTV series (unknown episodes); uncredited
2003The PassageBartender at Alvin's
2003Blood GamesMistress TiamatCredited as Jana Rae
2005Blue DemonCarrie
2005Return of the Living Dead: NecropolisKatie WilliamsKramer could not finish filming
2006CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationRaeTV series (1 episode: "Post Mortem"); uncredited
2006CSI: NYPaige RowandTV series (1 episode: "Sweet 16")
2007Friday Night LightsNoelle DavenportTV series (6 episodes)
2008Prom NightApril
2008Approaching MidnightAspen
2008Can You DuetHerselfTV series (2 episodes)
2008Bar StarzRyann
2008Grey's AnatomyLolaTV series (2 episodes)
2008The Poker ClubTrudy Todaro
2008–200990210Portia RansonTV series (6 episodes)
2009Private PracticeLylaTV series (1 episode: "What Women Want")
2009Laid to RestJamie
2009Spring BreakdownSeven #2
2009EntourageBrooke ManningTV series (4 episodes)
2009One Tree HillAlex Dupre (Alice Whitehead)TV series (38 episodes)
2012Heart of The CountryFaith Carraday
2013"Dance Moms"HerselfTV Series (1episode: "Welcome Back... Now Don't Get Too Comfy")


Studio albums[edit]

TitleDetailsPeak chart
US CountryUS
Jana Kramer519


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

Other charted songs[edit]

YearSinglePeak positionsAlbum
US Country Digital
2011"I Won't Give Up"675Jana Kramer
2012"What I Love About Your Love"30
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

2012"Why Ya Wanna"[24]Kristin Barlowe
"Goodbye California"[25]
"One of the Boys"[27]
"I Hope It Rains"[28]
"What I Love About Your Love"[29]
2013"Whiskey"[30]Mason Dixon
"I Hope It Rains"[31]Kristin Barlowe
2014"Love"[32]Ryan Lassan

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAssociation[citation needed]CategoryResult
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


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  6. ^ "-your-side"-jingle "Jana Kramer Signed to Sing Nationwide's 'On Your Side' Jingle". JanaKramer.com. August 10, 2012. Retrieved May 17, 2014. 
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  9. ^ "Independent Michigan film 'Approaching Midnight' premieres in Royal Oak". The Oakland Press. September 9, 2013. Retrieved September 17, 2013. 
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  14. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1325306/
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  27. ^ "Videos: Jana Kramer : One of the Boys". YouTube. Retrieved June 3, 2012. 
  28. ^ "Videos: Jana Kramer : I Hope It Rains". YouTube. Retrieved May 30, 2012. 
  29. ^ "Videos: Jana Kramer : What I Love About Your Love". YouTube. Retrieved January 11, 2012. 
  30. ^ "CMT : Videos : Jana Kramer : Whiskey". Country Music Television. Retrieved January 18, 2013. 
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  32. ^ "CMT : Videos : Jana Kramer : Love". Country Music Television. Retrieved June 10, 2014. 

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