Rochester native Jana Kramer has juggled acting and singing but is focusing on music now. (Andrew Goodman / Getty Images)
Faster Horses is a homecoming for Jana Kramer, the Rochester native who grew up listening to Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline during trips up north as a child.
Now, the 30-year-old actress and singer is readying her second album, as yet untitled. It’s the follow-up to her self-titled 2012 debut, and she’s thrilled about where it’s taking her.
“I’m more excited for this album than I was about the first one,” says the Rochester Adams High School grad, on the phone from Colorado last month. “I feel like this one’s a little more me, and I poured a lot more into this album. This one’s kinda like my baby.”
Kramer says the first album, released after her two-season run as Alex Dupre on “One Tree Hill,” was “a little bit rushed,” and, because she was new to the business, she was afraid to speak up on her own behalf. She’s taken those lessons and learned from them for her new album, due out in the fall.
She says she’s also significantly stepped up her songwriting game through sessions with co-writers in Nashville, where she now lives.
The title track for the new album was released last month, and its video shows Kramer walking through the streets of Honduras. She filmed the video in January and returns every few months, in part to visit a 10-year-old girl she sponsors through a charity. “I want to be there as much as I can,” she says, which isn’t easy considering the career she’s juggling.
Kramer moved to New York after high school and then to Los Angeles, where, before she landed “One Tree Hill,” she appeared in “Friday Night Lights,” “Entourage” and the “90210” reboot.
She continues to act — she starred in two movies in 2013 — but is currently in music mode, and in between touring and promoting her new single has a full plate.
“I’m on the road every single weekend,” she says. “It’s crazy. It’s lots of back-and-forth, but I’m really excited.”