(L-R) Scott Hendricks (Sr. VP, A&R WMN / album producer), Chris Stacey (Sr. VP, Promotion WMN), Jordan Pettit (National Director, W.A.R Promotion), Chris Palmer (VP, W.A.R Promotion), John Esposito (President & CEO WMN), Peter Strickland (Sr. VP, Brand Management & Sales WMN)
Jana Kramer’s Top 10 hit single, “Why Ya Wanna,” recently earned Gold certification by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) which marks an exciting career first. Kramer was presented with a plaque marking this special accomplishment at Warner Music Nashville’s Pickin’ On The Patio party August 23. “Why Ya Wanna,” which is currently Top 10 and continues to build, ranks as the highest charting female debut since Taylor Swift’s 2006 single “Tim McGraw.”
Kramer has impressively sold over 700,000 single tracks, including over half a million of “Why Ya Wanna.” In addition to having her self-titled debut album premiere at No. 5 on the Top Country Albums Chart, the chart success of “Why Ya Wanna” also makes Kramer the fastest rising debut artist of 2012.
Named one of “Summers Hottest Artists” by People Country and one of the “Season’s Biggest New Names” by Billboard, Kramer is currently on Brad Paisley’s “Virtual Reality Tour” performing through September on the “Virtual Opry Stage.”
New York Times raved about her self-titled debut CD, noting Kramer’s “best moments are on ‘Over You by Now’ and on the outright devastating ‘When You’re Lonely,’ which seethes with the fire of early Reba McEntire, or the darker side of Dolly Parton’s oeuvre, with Ms. Kramer letting her voice bleed at the edges and drawing her vowels out and down, landing on fertile ground.”