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Jana Kramer was born in Detroit, Michigan to Nora Kramer. She grew up in the town of Rochester, Michigan where she attended Rochester Adams High School, the same high school Madonna attended.
In February 2011 Kramer signed a recording contract with Electra 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 which remains her highest charting single to date. 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 Street Hill. The song reached number 99 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart on digital sales alone.