Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Nashville.
Jana Kramer is used to being successful. Before turning her attention to her music career, Kramer starred in the series One Tree Hill and had a recurring role in Friday Night Lights. Her debut single, “Why Ya Wanna,” reached the Top 5 on the country charts, but her self-titled debut album did not do as well as she had hoped. Kramer was down and out about the lack of sales, but Miranda Lambert gave her the encouragement to keep going.
“I was in a very discouraged time, and [Miranda] was like, ‘You know what, it didn’t happen for me until my second album,’” Kramer told Country Weekly. “I was like, really? You’re Miranda Lambert. I just imagined it happened on the first album. So it really is about keeping on and not giving up.”
Jana Kramer photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Nashville.
There is a whole lot of “love” on this week’s Top 20 Country Countdown. Jana Kramer stops by to discuss her new video, “Love,” which she shot south of the border, with host Nan Kelley. Kramer will also find out where “Love” landed on the countdown this week!
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Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood made a big debut with “Somethin’ Bad” last week, entering the chart at No. 1. Can they make it two weeks in a row in the top spot? Tune in tonight at 6/5c to find out who tops the chart this week.
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Brantley Gilbert photo by James Minchin, courtesy of BMLG.
Brantley Gilbert is a chart-topping country star these days, but before signing a record deal, it was a stretch to make ends meet. At one point, he sold his cherished 1968 Mercury Cougar to get the money he needed for himself and his band to make a show in Texas.
“It still had the fold-out headlights; it was awesome,” he told Taste of Country. “I needed to get the guys to Texas and back, so me and my dad went up to the guy, told him we’d sell the car to him for $4,000. He was gonna show it, and he said, ‘If you ever want it back, just come to me and I’ll sell it for the same thing you sold it to me for.’” Continue Reading
Back Row – (L-R) Dennis Kurtz, Paul Overstreet, Josh Osborne, Ilya Toshinsky. Frankie Ballard, Jake Owen, Jana Kramer, Scotty Emerick, Chris Blair and Jason Sturgeon. Front Row – (L-R) Ben Bradford, Olivia Lane and Jay Mackin.
Jake Owen along with his musical pals Frankie Ballard, Jana Kramer, Paul Overstreet, Jason Sturgeon, Ilya Toshinsky, Scotty Emerick, Josh Osborne, Ben Bradford and Olivia Lane joined together for “Concert for the Cause,” a special show held January 11 at the Ice House in Louisville, Kentucky.
Hosted by Listening Room owner Chris Blair, the concert raised over $200,000 for non-profit, Kids Cancer Alliance. Artists performed an intimate show, sharing the stories behind their songs. A live and silent auction also took place, as well as an after party with Dee Jay Silver. Continue Reading
Dierks Bentley photo by Nino Munoz, courtesy of The Green Room.
Dierks Bentley, Brantley Gilbert, Billy Currington and Jana Kramer are headed to Mexico for Tropical Nights Presents “Boots In The Sand.” Set for February 23-27 at the all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, tickets are available now.
Guests will enjoy all the features and amenities of the hotel, including its restaurants and lounges, pool bars and beachside cabanas, daytime activities and more. Fans can choose from a variety of ways to customize their experience including exclusive excursions with the artists, custom VIP upgrades, spa services, signature golf, tequila and wine tastings. Then, each night as the sun goes down, a country star will take the stage to headline a night of music. Continue Reading
Jana Kramer photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Nashville.
Calling all songwriters! Did you make it your New Year’s Resolution to take your passion for music and songwriting more seriously? Now is your chance. The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. (CVC) is accepting entries for its seventh annual Music City Songwriting Competition until February 15. Elektra Nashville recording artist, actress and songwriter Jana Kramer is serving as the honorary ambassador of the competition and will offer a mentoring session to the winner among other prizes.
The competition is open to amateur songwriters only and will accept entries now through February 15, 2014. Submission forms with completed entries can be mailed to Music City Songwriting Competition, P.O. Box 190633, Nashville, TN 37219 USA or submitted online at https://songspace.com/contests#/music-city-songwriting-competition. Submission fee for the first song is $30 USD. Each additional song is $20 USD. For more information and to enter a song, please visit http://www.VisitMusicCity.com/Songwriter.
The winning songwriter will receive a $1,000 cash prize, two roundtrip Southwest Airlines® tickets to Music City (winner and one (1) guest), and spend five nights at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel downtown, with transportation provided from Nashville International Airport to hotel and return from hotel to airport. While in town, the winner will be interviewed by Storme Warren host of Great American Country’s Headline Country and “Music Row Happy Hour” on Sirius/XM Highway 59 Radio, interviewed on Great American Country TV to run in a scheduled show, a showcase session at American Songwriter office, and will have an interview featured in American Songwriter Magazine.
Jana & Brantley’s 2012 Christmas card. Photo courtesy of Twitter.com/kramergirl.
Have Jana Kramer and Brantley Gilbert ended their engagement? People.com is reporting that the couple has gone their separate ways, citing busy careers as the reason for their break up.
“They are both so busy right now,” a source told People. “They are both on the road and have to spend a lot of time apart, which isn’t ideal for any couple, let alone a couple trying to plan a wedding.” Continue Reading
Brantley Gilbert photo courtesy of The Valory Music Co.
Brantley Gilbert is a fairly simple guy, but there are a couple of things he can’t live without when he’s on the road – his cell phone and his iPad. He uses electronics to stay in contact with his fiancée, Jana Kramer, despite the fact he isn’t the most tech-savvy person.
“We try to talk as much as we can during the day,” Brantley said. “I learned about this new thing called Skype. I’m not really a technology-type guy.” Continue Reading
Jake Owen photo by Jeff Lipsky, courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.
Jake Owen, Jerrod Niemann, Love and Theft, Lauren Alaina and songwriter Dallas Davison will volunteer their time as part of the 4th Annual ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp June 23-29 in Nashville. The camp, a partnership between ACM Lifting Lives and the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, is a week-long program for individuals with Williams syndrome.
The camp has a dual purpose of allowing researchers to study Williams syndrome while providing music enrichment through performance and education. ACM Lifting Lives funds the costs of the camp and provides scholarships to several campers, which allows the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center to advance its mission of improving the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Continue Reading
Jana Kramer photo by Bryan Allen, courtesy of Warner Bros. Nashville.
Jana Kramer has been singing Nationwide Insurance’s “On Your Side” jingle since last summer, but she recently returned to her acting roots to play the role of the anti-thief in their current campaign, reports Country Aircheck. In the clip, she uses her ninja-like skills to replace a family’s belongings as thieves snatch them up.
“It started with singing the jingle,” Jana said. “But now the TV ad takes a fun and creative approach to communicate how Nationwide protects its members, and I’m proud to represent the brand.”
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