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Jana Kramer is Engaged!

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After a full day of celebrating her birthday with boyfriend Michael Caussin, the highlight for singer-songwriter Jana Kramer came at the end of the evening when Caussin gathered a small group of family and friends for a storybook marriage proposal complete with an engagement ring.

“It was a beautiful surprise,” said Kramer. “He was the perfect gentleman. Nervous, on one knee, and surrounded by some of the people that love us the most.” No other details are available at this time.

Kramer released her self-titled debut album to much critical praise, earning her the title of ACM’s 2013 New Female Vocalist of the Year, as well as the title of most played debut artist at Country Radio for 2012. “Love,” the first single from her forthcoming sophomore album is climbing the country singles chart. Michael Caussin played tight end at James Madison University and four years in the NFL. He is currently a free agent.

Jana Kramer Plays Santa in New Nationwide Commercial

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Jana Kramer reprises her role as the acrobatic anti-thief in the just released Nationwide holiday commercial that can be seen below. Filmed in LA, the ad launched earlier this month and will be on the air through the end of the year.

In the ad, Kramer’s character serves as a living metaphor for how Nationwide responds to the needs of its members. Her quick actions, confidence and ability to tackle a challenging situation represent the dedication of Nationwide to its members. In the ad Jana is, like the brand equity that she represents, “On Your Side.”

“I am proud to be part of such an amazing brand,” says Jana. “I love the experience and always have so much fun filming these commercials.”

Jana’s new single “Love” is the debut single from her forthcoming album due next year. The single continues to climb the charts and is available for download now on iTunes. The beautiful music video, shot in El Progreso, Honduras, features children in the Olivos village and was described by Jana as a “beautiful day filled with love” that she will never forget.

CMT Celebrates the “Next Women of Country” at Star-Studded Event

Photo credit: Rick Diamond/Getty Images

Photo credit: Rick Diamond/Getty Images

For the second year in a row, CMT gathered today to celebrate the rising female artists in country music at Nashville’s recently-opened City Winery. Co-hosted by CMT’s SVP of Music Strategy Leslie Fram and country music powerhouse Lee Ann Womack, the event brought together artists and industry dignitaries to pay homage to the new generation of signed and unsigned female artists making an impact on country music.

CMT announced it will continue to expand its NEXT WOMEN OF COUNTRY franchise, adding four new females to the list: Kelsea Ballerini, Mickey Guyton, Maddie & Tae and RaeLynn. In a newly-announced role as mentor, singer/songwriter Jewel took the stage and pledged her support in a heartfelt speech, imploring female artists to take chances and feel as important as their male counterparts.

“Our mission remains as critical as ever now in our second year of NEXT WOMEN,” said Leslie Fram, SVP of Music Strategy, CMT. “As champions of music, we have to ensure these incredible female voices are heard. It’s time for a change in the male-dominated format, and CMT is proud to celebrate and empower the female voices that are making an indelible mark in country music.”

Singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw surprised the crowd by introducing co-hosts Fram and Womack. Guests of the event were treated to acoustic performances by nine of CMT’s NEXT WOMEN, including: Ballerini, Kelleigh Bannen, Lindsay Ell, Guyton, Jana Kramer, Maddie & Tae, Angaleena Presley, RaeLynn and Natalie Stovall. Among the industry guests in attendance were: George Briner, SVP of promotion for The Valory Music Co.; Mike Dungan, chairman & CEO of Universal Music Nashville; John Esposito, president & CEO of Warner Music Nashville; Gordon S. Kerr, CEO of Black River Entertainment; Chris Loss, VP of promotion for Stoney Creek Records; Shane McAnally, Grammy-winning singer/songwriter; Chris Stacey, general manager of Dot Records; and Brian Thomas, corporate program director at Cumulus and program director of NASH FM/New York.

CMT’s NEXT WOMEN OF COUNTRY franchise showcases signed and unsigned female artists across CMT platforms and at NextWomen.CMT.com. Since its launch in January 2013, several alumnae — Brandy Clark, Ashley Monroe, Kacey Musgraves and Cassadee Pope — found success ranging from commercial to critical acclaim. With the newest additions, the network has named 25 major label, indie label and unsigned female artists to its NEXT WOMEN list.

For more on the latest rising female stars in country music, visit NextWomen.CMT.com. Here, fans can find exclusive content from the NEXT WOMEN artists, including video premieres, exclusive performances and more. Join the conversation using #NextWomen on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Photo: Front (L-R): Jana Kramer, Kelsea Ballerini, Rachel Farley, Mickey Guyton, RaeLynn, Angaleena Presley, Maddie Marlow (Maddie & Tae), Tae Dye (Maddie & Tae), Lindsay Ell, Kelleigh Bannen, Natalie Stovall; Back (L-R): Rose Falcon, Cassadee Pope, Lee Ann Womack, Leslie Fram, CMT SVP of Music Strategy, Kristen Kelly, Sarah Darling, Lauren Alaina, Danielle Bradbery;

Craig Campbell, Chuck Wicks, and Jana Kramer Join Forces to Raise Money for Charity

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The 17th annual Buds ‘N’ Suds benefit for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America was held in Nashville, and included performances from up-and-coming talent as well as established artists, and a silent auction featuring autographed items from legends like Garth Brooks and Paul McCartney.

Hosted by Blair Garner of America’s Morning Show, the show began with acoustic performances by Kaleigh Bullard (Miss Nashville), the Mann Sisters, and Emi Sunshine, a dynamite young girl with a personality as big as her vocals.

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Craig Campbell kicked off the full band portion of the show with a cover of the Brooks & Dunn hit “Play Something Country.” His 40-minute set was a high-energy honkytonk experience that included his hits “Family Man” and “Keep Those Kisses Comin,” as well as a surprise cover of “Royals” by Lorde. He is currently working on finalizing the details of a new record deal, and is excited about the direction of his future.

“Upward! I haven’t had a number one yet, so that’s first and foremost for me,” said Campbell, when talking about his goals for working with a new team.

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Chuck Wicks continued to keep the crowd on their feet with his hits “All I Ever Wanted” and his brand new single, “Saturday Afternoon.”

“I wrote it with two guys that are on fire, Chris Tompkins and Rodney Clawson. I wrote this song from a fun place, and when I would sing it live, the immediate reaction from it sparked ‘maybe people are going to react to this pretty positively’ and hopefully at the radio level it does the same thing,” said Wicks.

The ladies in the crowd swooned over Wicks as he sang sultry songs like “Hold That Thought,” which was voted as one of the top 20 hottest music videos by CMT. Wicks is currently in the studio wrapping up a new album and hopes to release it in the coming months.

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Jana Kramer ended the night with a fun set of her music, including new songs that will be on an upcoming album.

“A lot of the songs on this new album are songs that I’ve written and co-written a lot more than the first album. I’ve definitely stepped up and let my life shine through these songs.”

Her current single, “Love,” represents a multitude of emotions, not just romantic love.

“The song is about love in general, the love that’s out there, not just relationships; for me, that’s in paying it forward and giving back,” said Kramer.

While none of the performers have been directly impacted by Crohn’s disease or colitis, they all agreed that it’s a cause worth supporting, and that their purpose as entertainers is not only to perform, but to give back to the community at any chance they get.

“This is what we were put here to do. We get out and play music and sing for fun, but when it comes down to it, the only reason we have our celebrity status is to do things like this,” said Craig Campbell.

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