This country singer says Nashville tried to put her in a “box” (updated) (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Jana Kramer performs onstage during 2016 Stagecoach California's Country Music Festival at Empire Polo Club on April 29, 2016 in Indio, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

UPDATE, JULY 9: Following the publication of this story, Jana responded on Twitter to clarify her remarks to Chicago Splash, which reported in its story that, “She … recently made the move from Nashville to L.A.” Here are her tweets:

ORIGINAL STORY (EDITED): Could Jana Kramer be finished with Nashville?

In an interview with the publication Chicago Splash, Jana reportedly revealed that she has left Nashville for Los Angeles. The  move comes months after Jana quietly parted ways with her record label home of the last six years, Warner Music Nashville.


Apparently, Music City wasn?t a good fit for the petite singer. ?Nashville wanted to put me in a box. [It dictated] how I was supposed to sing and what I was supposed to sing about,? she says. ?I?m just not the kind of artist that?s meant to be in a box.?

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After establishing herself as an actress, Jana started strong with her music career, landing Top 5 singles with ?Why Ya Wanna? in 2011, and “I Got The Boy” in 2015, and winning an Academy of Country Music Award for new female vocalist of the year in 2013. But after two albums, her hits had slowed down in recent years and not even an appearance as a contestant on ?Dancing With the Stars,? could get her back on track.

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But there?s really good news for her fans. In the same interview, Jana revealed she has a new EP in the works, and says the music she?s recorded for it is ?100 percent me?it?s very authentic to who I am.? That authenticity has likely come from the ups and downs of her life in recent years, including a 2016 split from her third husband, former NFL player Mike Caussin, not long after the birth of their daughter, Jolie. ?If I haven?t lived it, I won?t sing it,? she says now.

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Best know for her role in ?One Tree Hill,? Jana has returned to acting with a recent starring role in a Hallmark Channel movie, and a new movie set to film in August. She also has four tour dates on her schedule for the summer.

Phyllis Stark is a Nashville-based entertainment journalist who has been reporting extensively on country music (and loving every moment of it) for more than two decades.
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