“I needed to go get medicine at the store, and all of a sudden, I heard my name on the car stereo receiver. I thought ‘No way.’ I turned it up and, sure enough, it was me. I started screaming with this little voice that I had.”
Kramer’s memories of hearing her music on the radio aren’t all as bittersweet.
“The coolest time was when I was with my mom back home in Detroit a few weeks after that. We had just finished doing a little shopping and my song started coming on. We looked at each other and started screaming, then crying.”
This week, Kramer’s self-titled debut album bows at No. 5 on Billboard’s Country Albums chart and No. 19 on the Billboard 200 with sales of 16,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan. On Country Songs, “Why Ya Wanna” reaches a new peak, rising 18-17 in its 25th chart week with 14 million in audience (up 6%), according to Nielsen BDS.
Before releasing the set, Kramer enjoyed fanfare from numerous acting roles, including on the recently-wrapped CW TV series “One Tree Hill.” The Michigan native says, however, that music was always her first love.
“Music has always been my No. 1 passion in life,” she says. “I did (‘Hill’) for three years, and it helped me get the nerve to finally follow my dreams and what I really wanted to do … my music.”
“It’s authentic, and it’s real,” Kramer says of her music. “It’s country, and I think you can feel it.”