Out of all of our Artists To Watch, Jana Kramer is unique. The reason for that is that she’s already been watched – by millions each week as the character Alex Dupre on CW’s One Tree Hill. I have to admit, I was never one of the millions, which actually makes me – and every other non-watching country music fan – her new target audience.
The 28-year-old has now signed off from the small screen and is focused solely on her singing career. She released her first single, “Why Ya Wanna,” in record-setting style last week. A total of 55 stations added the song to their playlists, which is the most ever for a debut artist, male or female. (Read about her reaction to the record and more on the single here.)
One possible reason for country radio’s warm reception is that Kramer’s already proven there’s a market for her music. Before the radio release of “Why Ya Wanna,” she had a handful of digital singles out. Those singles have sold nearly 200,000 copies without any airplay. Clearly, people are listening and liking what they hear – including us. We featured her “What I Love About Your Love” earlier this month in our Video Picks of the Week.