Kramer was born in Detroit, Michigan, to Nora and Martin Kramer. She grew up in the town of Rochester, Michigan, where she attended Rochester Adams High School. She speaks some German.
2002-11: Acting career and record dealIn 2002 Kramer made her acting debut in the low-budget independent Horror film Dead/Undead. The following year Kramer guest appeared on All My Children which was marked as 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.
In 2007 Kramer appeared in a recurring role on the NBC Sports Drama television series Friday Night Lights. Jana played the role of Noelle Davenport in the series second season. In 2008 Kramer appeared in The CW Teen Drama series 90210 a reboot of the 1990s teen drama television series Beverly Hills 90210. Kramer played the role of high school student Portia Ranson and made her debut in the first seasons second episode "The Jet Set". Her role went on for six episodes and Kramer made her final appearance in "The Party's Over" which aired May 5, 2009.
In 2009 Kramer appeared on the HBO Drama Comedy television series Entourage. Kramer played the role of a sorority girl who seduces the character Turtle played by Jerry Ferrara and appeared in four episodes.
In June 2009 it was announced Kramer would star in The CW Drama television series seventh season of One Tree Hill. 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 first appearance in the seasons first episode. Initially Kramer's appearance on the show was meant to be in a recurring form but Kramer's role was upgraded as a series regular by the premiere of the seasons fourteenth episode "Family Affair". In March 2012 Kramer announced she would not return in a regular form for the shows ninth and final season 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 February 2011 Kramer signed a recording contract with Elektra Records. 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", 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. In April 2011 Kramer released another promo track titled, "Whiskey" which she also performed on One Tree Hill. The song reached number 99 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart on digital sales alone.
2012-present: Continued acting and Jana KramerIn February 2012 Kramer was cast as the protagonist in the Independent Drama film Heart of the Country. Kramer will play the role of a privileged young woman Faith Carraday, a young woman who is following her show-biz dreams who leaves her life behind to rural North Carolina after her husband is jailed for Wall Street fraud. Kramer is also attached to a Horror film named The Gatekeeper.
On January 16, 2012, Kramer released her official debut single, "Why Ya Wanna". Kramer premiered the official music video directed by Kristin Barlowe on February 6, 2012. The song peaked at number 52 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and number 3 on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. "Whiskey" is the album's second official single.
On June 1, 2012, made her first ever televised live performance on Fox and Friends to promote her debut album. She performed, "Why Ya Wanna" in front of a crowd of fans in New York City, New York. On June 5, 2012, Kramer released her self titled debut album Jana Kramer. The record received positive reviews from critics with many praising Kramer's vocal performance.
It was announced in September 2012, Kramer that was dating country music singer Brantley Gilbert they had kept their relationship quiet for about 8 months before the announcement. The couple got engaged on January 20, 2013, which is also his birthday.
|2002||Dead/Undead||Alice St. James|
|2003||All My Children||Unknown||(Unknown episodes, Uncredited)|
|The Passage||Bartender at Alvin's|
|Blood Games||Mistress Tiamat||(as Jana Rae)|
|Return of the Living Dead: Necropolis||Katie Williams||(Jana got so sick that she could not finish filming to be flown back to the states.) (Filming was in Romania.)|
|CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Rae||(1 episode-"Post Mortem", Uncredited)|
|CSI: NY||Paige Rowand||(1 episode-"Sweet 16")|
|Friday Night Lights||Noelle Davenport||(6 episodes-"How Did I Get Here", "Pantherama!", "There Goes the Neighborhood", "Jumping the Gun", "Who Do You Think You Are?","Humble Pie")|
|Can You Duet||Herself||(2 episodes-"Open Auditions", "Workshop Week 1")|
|Grey's Anatomy||Lola||(2 episode-"Freedom Parts 1 & 2")|
|The Poker Club||Trudy Todaro||Supporting role|
|2008–2009||90210||Portia Ranson||(6 episodes-"The Jet Set", "That Which We Destroy", "Hello, Goodbye, Amen", "Love Me or Leave Me", "Between a Sign and a Hard Place", "The Party's Over")|
|2009||Private Practice||Lyla||(1 episode-"What Women Want")|
|Laid to Rest||Jamie|
|Spring Breakdown||Seven #2|
|Entourage||Brooke Manning||(4 episodes-"Security Briefs", "Berried Alive", "Scared Straight", "Give a little bit")|
|One Tree Hill||Alex Dupre ( Alice Whitehead)||Regular (Season 7.14 - 9.02) Recurring (7.02-7.14), 39 Episodes|
|2012||Heart of The Country||Faith Carraday|
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Certifications
||US Country Airplay
|2012||"Why Ya Wanna"||3||3||50||100||Jana Kramer|
- ACurrent single.
|2011||"I Won't Give Up"||75||Jana Kramer|
|2012||"What I Love About Your Love"||—|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
|"One of the Boys"|
|"I Hope It Rains"|
|"Why Ya Wanna"||Kristin Barlowe|
|"What I Love About Your Love"|
Awards and Nominations
|2012||American Country Awards||Artist of the Year: New Artist||Nominated|
|Single of the Year: New Artist- "Why You Wanna"||Nominated|
|Music Video of the Year: New Artist- "Why You Wanna"||Nominated|