Jana Kramer Reveals Details for Sophomore Album, ‘Thirty One’
Jana Kramer has revealed details about her sophomore album, Thirty One.
The follow-up record to Kramer's self-titled debut album, Thirty One is all about the singer -- who turned 31 in December -- and who she is as a woman and artist.
"I want this title to be strong; I want this title to be me," she tells USA Today. "I want this title to somehow portray the woman that I am. There's no other way of saying that than 31.
"In my mind, 31 shows strength, confidence and grace," Kramer adds. "That's exactly who I feel like I am as a person and what I've been through in my life."
Thirty One is set for release on Oct. 9 on Warner Bros.; the new album boasts 11 songs, including Kramer's current single, "I Got the Boy." The Michigan native co-wrote six of the tunes, and she admits that it was difficult to decide on songs -- especially when she didn't write them -- but she kept the song's relatability at the forefront of her mind.
"... Sometimes songwriters can just say it better than the way that I said it,” Kramer reveals. “So, at the end of the day, whatever song portrays 100 percent the true emotion, that’s going to win, regardless of whether I wrote it or not.”
In June of 2014, Kramer released "Love," which was billed as her sophomore album's first single; however, there is no word on if the song made the final cut, as a complete track listing is not yet available. Thirty One may also include a collaboration with Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, on a song called "Bullet."
“He heard the song and wanted to put his vocals on it,” Kramer explains. “It’s a really fun song. It’s basically just saying that I dodged a bullet getting out of a relationship. I think we can all relate to that.”
Kramer took her time on Thirty One and says, confidently, "With this album, it's everything I've ever wanted to say."
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