CMT Awards 2012: 'One Tree Hill's' Jana Kramer and 'American Idol's' Casey James play us out
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.