No, you’re not seeing things! That was Jana Kramer, best known as troubled model/actress/screenwriter/singer/songwriter Alex Dupre from “One Tree Hill,” performing at the CMT Awards on Wednesday night.
Kramer’s character left Tree Hill early in the show’s final season, leaving behind her boyfriend to pursue a country music career. In a case of art-imitating-life-imitating-art, Kramer herself hit the tour circuit, too. Her debut album was released on Tuesday, and fans got a little listen at the CMT Awards as she played the show into a commercial with her single “Why Ya Wanna,” which, of course, “One Tree Hill” fans are already familiar with.
Kramer isn’t the only emerging artist who played an abbreviated version of a new song as the show lead into a commercial break. “American Idol” fans likely recognized Casey James as the third place finalist from Season 9. He played his song “Crying On a Suitcase” from his debut album, which was just released this March.
It may seem like a small gig, but at last year’s CMT Awards, The Band Perry was the house band — and they certainly have enjoyed considerable success this year. We’d say that Kramer and James are in for some major success this year.