Friday, August 23, 2013

Now Available on DVD -- Heart of the Country, Starring Jana Kramer (Review)

Disclosure: I was sent a copy by the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views shared are mine and mine alone.

Heart of the Country (2013) Poster
Academy of Country Music’s New Female Vocalist of The Year -  Jana Kramer - Makes Leading Role Debut

"Based on the novel by Rene Gutteridge and John Ward, Heart of the Country is a love story starring country music singer Jana Kramer (“One Tree Hill”), Randy Wayne (“True Blood”), and Gerald McRaney (“Major Dad”). Faith (Kramer) and Luke (Wayne) have it all. Faith is a beautiful singer and Luke is an up-and- coming businessman. When their life together is shattered and she is forced to return home to the family she turned her back on years ago she must find the strength to love again. Watch Jana Kramer in her first leading movie role in the year's most inspirational and romantic movie event when it debuts on DVD from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment on August 20. 

Rising star Jana Kramer is one to watch on and off the big screen. Selling an impressive 1.5 million tracks off her self-titled debut album, including her current single “I Hope It Rains” along with her debut hit single, “Why Ya Wanna,” Kramer was named Academy of Country Music’s New Female Vocalist of the Year for 2013. Performing in 30 cities, Kramer just kicked off an America-wide tour opening for Grammy-nominated platinum-selling superstar Blake Shelton’s Ten Times Crazier tour this summer. While all dates can be found on her website, a highlight of the tour includes the following cities:

  Cincinnati, OH - July 28
  Chicago, IL - August 3
  Raleigh, NC - August 9
  Atlanta, GA - August 29
  West Palm Beach, FL - August 31
  Hartford, CT - September 6
  Nashville, TN - September 14
  Kansas City, MO - October 3

The Heart of the Country DVD features an exclusive first look at the music video from the movie for “The First and Last Time” sung by Kramer."

Heart of the Country DVD Special Features
  “First Time and Last Time” Music Video 
My Thoughts:
Just the other day I watched an animated children's movie about a prodigal pig (based on the Prodigal Son story).  And, last night I sat down with my husband to watch this recent release, starring Best New Country Music Female Vocalist for 2012, as she played the role of the Prodigal Daughter.  It was a nice change to see films like this that people of faith and those searching for their higher power or path to return to their faith, would enjoy watching.

In this movie, Jana Kramer plays Faith, who ends up returning back to her family's hometown after her husband is arrested for fraud.  Now, you would think that returning home when times get tough would be a good thing.  But, for Faith, it is a difficult return, as she hasn't spoken to her father and sister since her mother passed away four years earlier.  Like in the Prodigal Son, which is about forgiveness and unconditional love, Faith's father welcomes her back with open arms, and tries to mend the broken relationship between Faith and her sister Olivia.

Like many films that include country music stars, the film taps into Jana Kramer's stellar vocal abilities but having her character in the movie, once have a passion for music.  Because of everything going on in her life, including the loss of her mom, she has lost her creativity and love for music.  But, once Faith meets up with an old friend, Lee, that spark is reignited and we see Faith and the vocal abilities that garnered Jana Kramer 2012's Best New Female Vocalist, shine though as she sings her heart out.

While this movie is family friendly and would be enjoyed by by older children ages 10+, I found it to be a great girls night in or date night movie.  Like I said, my husband and I ended up watching it, and both thoroughly enjoyed it.  Make sure you watch the bonus music video, "The First Time and Last Time," with Jana Kramer -- it really adds to the movie, and if you are fans of this country artist, you will enjoy it.  I am counting down the days until she will be playing at our local 4-H fair.  Can't wait to see her live! :-)

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Country’s hottest solo female singer, Jana Kramer, released her self-titled debut album last year to much critical praise, earning her the title of ACM’s New Female Vocalist of the Year for 2013, and has sold almost 1.5 million tracks to date. Kramer is country radio’s No.1 most-played debut artist of 2012 and just released her current single “I Hope It Rains,” to radio, along with her new video. For more information, please visit / @KramerGirl        
Disclosure: I was sent a copy by the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views shared are mine and mine alone.

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