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Meet The 2013 JingleFest Artists

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THOMAS RHETT

After spending much of his teens trying to figure out what he wanted to be when he grew up, and even drumming in a punk-rock band, Thomas stumbled into a songwriting deal. Shortly after that he had a song on Jason Aldean’s My Kinda Party Album and was auditioning with record companies. Of the 7 companies he auditioned with, every one of them offered him a deal. Thomas grew up listening to country, rock and hip-hop. He says “It’s a strange combination, but it all leaks into what I write.” He continues, “I think I’ve been directed here for a reason. I still don’t know why. I don’t know if it’s to be some big start or if it’s to make a different in somebody’s life along the way or to make somebody’s Friday night entertainment. It really doesn’t matter. It’s my journey, and I’m learning something new every step along the way.”

DUSTIN LYNCH

Growing up Dustin knew what he wanted to do and worked to get there. This singer-songwriter from Tullahoma, Tennessee, rented an apartment behind the Bluebird Café’s parking lot in Nashville so he could walk to the venue regularly and listen and learn from big time songwriters at the time. He also chose his college based on its proximity to the café. His breakthrough came after blowing everyone away at an open-mic night at the Bluebird. From there he was introduced to others in the music community. He soon after was founded on MySpace and landed a publishing deal. Within just two weeks of receiving the publishing deal, Dustin had written over 200 hundred songs! He combines his fascination with words and melodies to create unique party songs everyone loves to hear.

JANA KRAMER

Up until recently, best known for her time spent on One Tree Hill as Alex Dupre, Jana is very familiar with the bright lights. After recently busting through into country music, she considers the music industry to be her most important accomplishment thus far. What an accomplishment it has been, selling over 150,000 digital singles during her six months of country fame! Growing up in Michigan, one of Jana’s favorite memories is baking cookies with her grandmother while listening to Patsy Cline. Memories like this are what encourage and inspire her as she hopes to help others in creating similar memories. Jana says, “Country music is in my blood. I love country music because it tells a story and I have a lot of stories to tell.”