Oscar-worthy fashion, freshly fallen snow and a sentimental prop are Jana Kramer’s co-stars in her upcoming video for “I Got the Boy.”
“I still have the box that my high school sweetheart gave me,” the singer tells Rolling Stone Country of a memento featured in a pivotal scene of the clip. “I don’t know how I still have it. It’s just kind of gone from house to house. In the video, I open one of the notes. I know people can relate to that.”
Kramer and her ex-boyfriend, Matthew, dated for three years while attending Rochester Adams High School in Rochester Hills, Michigan. “Then I moved to Los Angeles to pursue my career. He ended up getting married,” she says.
It was her relationship with Matthew that made Kramer want to record “I Got the Boy,” which was written by Jamie Lynn Spears, Tim Nichols and Connie Harrington. “My producer knew my story with Matthew, and he called me to the office and said, ‘You have to listen to this song!’ I heard it and I started bawling and I said, ‘Oh my gosh! It’s Matthew!’ I ended up sending it to him. And I’m friends with his wife. We’ve done some charity stuff together, and Matthew and I will talk every once in a while. We’re Facebook friends, too. . . It was young love. I’ll always love Matthew. I told him that I was going to use his letter. He just laughed and said, ‘That’s funny!'”
Kramer says her fiancé thought it was a nice touch to include the old letter in the video, and isn’t jealous of her former flame. “I’m the luckiest girl. I finally found my one. He’s my best friend,” she says of Michael Caussin, who popped the question on her birthday last December.
“It took me a few tries. I felt like I was always trying to force it,” she says of previous relationships. “But when you let God work His ways and you have patience, it all works out.”
Though the new single is very personal to Kramer, she wanted the video to have universal appeal and enlisted director Kristin Barlowe to help achieve that. “She did an amazing job,” Kramer says of Barlowe, who also directed videos for the singer’s “Why Ya Wanna” and “I Hope it Rains.” “We sat down with her and discussed what we wanted in the video and how I wanted it to end. I want people to also have their own story. I didn’t want to tell them what the story was, but I definitely put my elements in.
“For me, what happens at the end of the video is just my version of letting go and letting the past be the past,” she continues. “Still to this day, I love my high school sweetheart. I’ll always love him. But he’s moved on. He has a family; he’s married. I didn’t want to tell 100 percent of my story because I wanted the listeners to interpret their own version.”
The “I Got the Boy” video was filmed at an old mansion in Nashville during one of the worst winter storms in history, with freezing temps and snow and ice blanketing the city. “We shot inside and outside. We knew it was going to be cold, but I didn’t know it was going to be that cold. It was still sleeting, too. I had the sniffles for about a week and a half, but it was so worth it. It was free, beautiful snow. It really was a gift.”
The full “I Got the Boy” video will premiere on Rolling Stone Country this Wednesday, April 8th.