Jana Kramer
American actor and singer
Jana Kramer
Jana Rae Kramer 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 2010 with the single "Why Ya Wanna", from her self-titled debut album for Elektra Records.
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Video Premiere: With 'Halley's Comet,' Sarah Darling Gets Her Dream On
Huffington Post - 25 days
Once upon a time, a little country girl with big eyes and bigger dreams wanted to reach for the stars in the clear Iowa skies and share those desires with the world through her songs and one beautiful voice. Some of those aspirations were realized after she decided to leave behind her teenage years -- and tiny hometown of Mitchellville, Iowa -- 14 years ago to pursue those dreams as a country music artist in Nashville. Now, just 15 days before the release of Dream Country, her third full-length album, Sarah Darling is ready for the big reveal. In the form of an animated video that premieres today (Jan. 26) exclusively at The Huffington Post, "Halley's Comet" arrives as another in a series of bright, shining moments for the humble but talented singer-songwriter. The song, one of seven she wrote or cowrote among the 10 tracks that appear on Dream Country (out Feb. 10), is "just a really personal story" about a dreamer and that key figure in one's life who "encourages you t ...
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Jana Kramer Voted Off 'Dancing With the Stars'
ABC News - 3 months
Country singer and actress Jana Kramer was eliminated from "Dancing with the Stars" Monday night, failing to qualify to dance one more time in Tuesday night's season 23 finale. While Kramer scored perfect tens several times during the season, her performances Monday night suffered, partially due to the fact that her partner, Gleb Savchenko, had the flu and couldn't rehearse with her as much as he'd wanted. "I've learned so much about myself and how strong I can really be," said Kramer during her exit interview. That leaves Indy Car driver James Hinchcliffe, Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez and former NFL player Calvin Johnson Jr. to battle it out for the coveted Mirrorball Trophy Tuesday night. Before Kramer's fate was announced, the four couples performed two routines each: one was a judge-chosen "Redemption Dance," which saw them re-doing a dance style that fell flat earlier in the season, and the much-anticipated freestyle, where anything goes. They were judged by the returning. ...
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Bad relationships behind her, Jana Kramer dances for her daughter
Fox News - 4 months
Before Jana Kramer was “Dancing with the Stars,” the country singer endured an abusive marriage.
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'Dancing' Star Jana Kramer Speaks Out About Surviving Abuse
ABC News - 4 months
The actress-turned-country music singer describes enduring years of domestic abuse at the hands of her first husband Michael Gambino, whom she said tried to kill her.
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WATCH: Jana Kramer Spills How She Handles Being a Mom and a Country Star at the Same Time
Huffington Post - 5 months
One of our favorite country singers Jana Kramer has had a pretty busy year this year. The 32-year-old gave birth to her beautiful daughter Jolie Rae Caussin, released her new single "Circles" to country radio, toured the nation, and landed a spot to compete on ABC's hit reality competition series Dancing with the Stars. There's one question that everyone wants to know the answer to -- HOW does Jana balance it all while looking absolutely flawless? Our friends Celeb Secrets Country sat down with Kramer last month for a quick chat in Los Angeles. In the interview, the "Why Ya Wanna" singer reveals her beauty secrets, her writing inspirations, and what she enjoys doing with her daughter during her free time. Make sure to watch the full video below. You can catch Jana Kramer dancing with partner Gleb Savchenko every Monday evening at 8PM on Dancing with the Stars.  Tonight, Jana and Gleb will be dancing a tango to Gavin DeGraw's "I Don't Wanna Be," which was the theme so ...
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Jana Kramer 'Circles' video about estranged husband?
Fox News - 5 months
Jana Kramer delivers a powerful performance in her "Circles" video. Shot entirely in black and white, the singer looks happier than ever as she sings the song about a man who has her head spinning in a good way.
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Chris Stapleton, Little Big Town And Miranda Lambert Lead 2016 Academy Of Country Music Awards Nominations
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Award season is in full swing in Hollywood with the Grammys and the Oscars just around the corner and in the spirt of recognizing talent --  it's now time to honor best country music has to offer.  On Monday, the Academy of Country Music announced the 2016 Academy of Country Music Awards nominations. Eric Church and Chris Stapleton lead the charge this year with five nominations each and are closely followed by Cam, Chris Young and Little Big Town, who each nabbed four nominations. Additional shoutouts go to Miranda Lambert, Chris Janson and Thomas Rhett, who scored three nominations apiece.  Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley will co-host the 51st annual ACM Awards live from the MGM Grand Garden Area in Las Vegas on April 3.  Head over to the ACM Awards for a full list of all the nominations for 2016: ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR Jason Aldean Garth Brooks Luke Bryan Eric Church Miranda Lambert MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR Jason Aldean Dierks Bentley Eric Church Brett Eldr ...
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Top 20 Country Artists to Watch in 2016
Huffington Post - about 1 year
2015 was a big year for new artists in country music. Several acts had their first career number ones at country radio, including A Thousand Horses, Kelsea Ballerini, Canaan Smith, Michael Ray, Old Dominion, Dustin Lynch, and Chris Stapleton. Others, like Cam and Chris Janson, celebrated breakthrough hits, while relative newcomers Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett, and Cole Swindell solidified their positions as country's next generation of superstars. 2016 will undoubtedly be a breakthrough year for another handful of new artists. Below are 20 of the most promising, complete with a short Q&A from each of the rising stars. 20. MITCH ROSSELL If you had told Mitch Rossell in 2014 that in 2015 he would be co-writing and sharing the stage with living legend Garth Brooks, he wouldn't have believed you. But, both were among Rossell's list of accomplishments this year, and 2016 promises to be just as exciting for the Tennessee native. Describe yourself to fans in one sentence: I'm j ...
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The Sum Of All Spears
Huffington Post - over 1 year
"At 12 years old, what am I going to do, go write an album?" Jamie Lynn Spears joked about her choice to not go into music at a young age despite having that ambition, continuing with a matured self-awareness, "What am I really going to talk about?" Now twice that age at 24, with a successful acting career behind her, seven years as the mother of daughter Maddie and, of course, a lifetime of being the younger sister to pop icon Britney Spears, you couldn't doubt Jamie Lynn now has something to say. But Jamie Lynn also knows that as she makes a go at stardom in her songwriting home of Nashville, potential fans won't be hearing her new music without those other associations. In a willingness to please the fans of her past era, Jamie Lynn put at least one mystery from the '00s to rest. The most notable role she's had to date was starring on Nickelodeon as Zoey Brooks in the beloved "Zoey 101." Over four seasons, the character Zoey and Chase Matthews have an on-again, off-agai ...
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This Week's Best Dressed Stars Left Us Wanting Even More
Huffington Post - over 3 years
This week's best-dressed list was filled with stars who took risks that paid off. Jessica Biel took a chance in a white dress with a shoulder piece, while Kate Hudson wasn't too timid to show some skin in a plunging neckline. A-listers like Taylor Swift and Kate Beckinsale proved the importance of picking the right color for your skin tone, while Jennifer Garner wowed in a white gown, showing us that rules were meant to be broken. Check out our picks for best-dressed and let us what you think. Jessica Biel in Chanel We love the simplicity of Biel's white strapless gown and how her neckpiece is so elegantly draped over her shoulders. This look is just fashion-forward enough without being too much. It looks like Mrs. Justin Timberlake doesn't just have good taste in men. Kate Hudson in Gucci There are so many things that are right with this gown. The plunging neckline works so well on Hudson, especially when paired with a more demure skirt. She looks refined and sexy, ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jana Kramer
  • 2016
    Age 32
    On August 30, 2016, Kramer was announced as one of the celebrities who will compete on season 23 of Dancing with the Stars.
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    In August 2016, it was announced that Kramer and Caussin had separated in the midst of his admission into rehab for undisclosed purposes.
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    Kramer gave birth to their daughter, Jolie, in January 2016, in Nashville.
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  • 2014
    Age 30
    Jana Kramer and Michael Caussin became engaged in December 2014 on her 31st birthday and got married on May 22, 2015.
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    During CMA week in November 2014, Kramer spoke for the first time about her failed relationship with Gilbert saying, she was in an unhealthy place and as a result, picked unhealthy relationships.
    More Details Hide Details She spoke of her relationship with Caussin saying she was now in a healthy place and a healthy relationship.
    In August 2014, Kramer began dating Washington Redskins tight end Mike Caussin whom she met on Twitter.
    More Details Hide Details She announced just weeks later on social media and during a show, however, that they had split up because he cheated on her. Shortly after that, she publicly forgave him, and they got back together.
  • 2013
    Age 29
    In August 2013, the independent film Approaching Midnight starring Kramer had its world premiere at the Emagine Royal Oak in Michigan.
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    In July 2013, Kramer opened for Blake Shelton on his Ten Times Crazier Tour in Virginia Beach, VA.
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  • 2012
    Age 28
    It was announced in September 2012 that Kramer was dating country music singer Brantley Gilbert. They met at the 2012 CMT Music Awards in June. They got engaged on January 20, 2013, his twenty-eighth birthday, but split in August 2013.
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    In February 2012, Kramer was cast as the protagonist in the independent drama film, Heart of the Country, playing the role of a privileged young woman, Faith Carraday, who is following her show-biz dreams but leaves it all and moves to rural North Carolina after her husband is jailed for Wall Street fraud.
    More Details Hide Details Kramer is also attached to a horror film named The Gatekeeper.
    Nationwide had signed Kramer to sing the Nationwide jingle in August 2012.
    More Details Hide Details A second commercial, released in April 2014, featured Kramer's character replacing items in a fire-blackened apartment to promote Nationwide's renters' insurance. In November 2014, Jana reprised her Nationwide role, this time as a sexy Santa Claus-like figure replacing items during Christmas season. Nationwide's advertising partner McKinney is behind the spots.
    On June 5, 2012, Kramer released her self-titled debut album Jana Kramer.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
    On June 1, 2012, Kramer made her first televised live performance on Fox & Friends to promote her debut album.
    More Details Hide Details She performed "Why Ya Wanna" in front of a crowd of fans in New York City.
    Kramer premiered the official music video, directed by Kristin Barlowe, on February 6, 2012.
    More Details Hide Details The song peaked at number 52 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and number 3 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. "Whiskey" is the album's second official single.
    On January 16, 2012, Kramer released her official debut single, "Why Ya Wanna".
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    Kramer began a country music career in 2012 with the single "Why Ya Wanna" from her self-titled debut album for Elektra Records.
    More Details Hide Details Kramer was born in Rochester Hills, Michigan, to Nora and Martin Kramer. She is of German, Chilean, Croatian, and French ancestry. She has one older brother, Steve who is employed as a police officer. Jana attended Rochester Adams High School. She speaks some German.
  • 2011
    Age 27
    In April 2011, Kramer released another promo track, titled "Whiskey", which she also performed on One Tree Hill.
    More Details Hide Details The song reached number 99 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on digital sales alone.
    In February 2011, Kramer signed a recording contract with Elektra Records.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 2009
    Age 25
    On December 22, 2009, Kramer became engaged to actor Johnathon Schaech. The couple met on the set of Prom Night. They were married on July 4, 2010 in Glen Arbor, Michigan. The couple separated a month later. Their divorce was finalized in June 2011.
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    In June 2009, it was announced Kramer would star in the CW drama television series seventh season of One Tree Hill.
    More Details Hide Details 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 debut in the season's first episode. Initially Kramer's appearance on the show was meant to be in a recurring form, but her role was upgraded to a series regular by the season's fourteenth episode, "Family Affair". In March 2012, Kramer announced she would not appear regularly in the show's ninth and final season in order 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.
    In 2009, Kramer appeared on the HBO dramedy television series Entourage.
    More Details Hide Details Kramer played the role of a sorority girl who seduces the character Turtle (Jerry Ferrara), and appeared in four episodes.
    Her role went on for six episodes and Kramer made her final appearance in "The Party's Over", which aired May 5, 2009.
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  • 2008
    Age 24
    In 2008 Kramer appeared in The CW teen drama series 90210, a reboot of the 1990s teen drama television series Beverly Hills 90210.
    More Details Hide Details Kramer played the role of high school student Portia Ranson and made her debut in the first season's second episode "The Jet Set".
  • 2007
    Age 23
    In 2007, Kramer appeared in a recurring role on the NBC sports drama television series Friday Night Lights.
    More Details Hide Details She played the role of Noelle Davenport in the series' second season.
  • 2004
    Age 20
    Kramer married Michael Gambino in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2004.
    More Details Hide Details They divorced several months later.
  • 2002
    Age 18
    In 2002, Kramer made her acting debut in the low-budget independent horror film Dead/Undead.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 1983
    Born on December 2, 1983.
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