You can’t turn on the radio these days without hearing country newcomer Jana Kramer’s debut single “Why Ya Wanna.” The song has been working its way up the country charts all summer. Just this week it reached Number 3 on the country singles chart. In doing so, the song broke a Taylor Swift record!
Jana talked to CBS Local about breaking the record saying:
“Taylor’s first single was ‘Tim McGraw.” “It went to Number 5 on the Media base chart. And that’s the highest that any female has been able to get (with their debut single). “Why Ya Wanna,” though, has made it two notches further–thus breaking the record.
“The fact that we got to where we’re at [on the chart] has just been crazy. It just shows that the Warner staff has been great [she is signed to Warner Music Nashville]. And country radio embracing it the way they have, I’m super thankful.”
Of course Jana is shooting for Number 1, but at the same time she is more than thrilled with what the song has done so far. Another thing Jana is extremely grateful for is her former role on the hit show One Tree Hill. It served as a great launching pad for her music career. She told the creator of the show she wanted to pursue music. He listened to the songs and made her character into a singer on the show.
Jana explained, “I’m super grateful for that, because it gave me more eyes in Nashville. It helped me out.”
“Why Ya Wanna” was one of three songs that she says were offered for her character to initially sing on the show, but they ultimately went with a song called “Whiskey.” That song, which is also on Jana’s debut album, is now set to be Jana’s next radio single. Catt Gravitt, the same writer behind “Why Ya Wanna,” wrote “Whiskey,” and when Jana heard it she knew she wanted it to be hers.
You can catch Jana Kramer on tour through early December. You can get more info on Jana at www.janakramer.com