Exclusive Performance: Jana Kramer’s “Circles”

Patsy Cline Cassette Paved Her Way to Country Music

Ask Jana Kramer about the first musical influence in her life, and she’ll tell you without hesitation it’s the one and only Patsy Cline.

“My grandma still has the little cassette tape in her kitchen. All she would do is listen to Patsy Cline,” Kramer revealed during her CMT Next Women of Country Live taping.

Growing up in Michigan, Kramer’s own home was full of country music. Her mom wanted to be a country singer and even gave her daughter a “country sounding” name.

But Kramer sometimes found it hard to convince folks that her northern roots could be a little bit country.

“Look, Keith Urban is from Australia, Shania Twain is from Canada — country is everywhere!” she said.

No truer words, honey.

Enjoy her performance of “Circles.”

Samantha is a country radio insider with a deep love for the music and its stars. She can often be found on a red carpet or at a late-night guitar pull.