Lauren Jo Black

Lauren Jo Black

Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.

Jason Aldean, Brittany Aldean, Memphis and Navy; Photos via Instagram

Jason Aldean Opens Up About His Approach To Parenting And Encouraging His Kid’s Dreams

Posted on July 23, 2024

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Lauren Jo Black

The country star says he is trying his best to raise his kids right.

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Carrie Underwood; Photos by Jeff Johnson

Carrie Underwood Makes History with First-Ever Hawaii Performances

Posted on July 23, 2024

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Lauren Jo Black

“We had such an incredible time and we will never forget it,” Underwood shared of her time in the Aloha State.

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Riley Green; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Amid A Milestone 2024, Riley Green Teases New Album

Posted on July 22, 2024

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Lauren Jo Black

“We’ve got a lot of new music,” the chart-topping country star says.

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Morgan Wallen performs onstage with ERNEST during night one of his One Night At A Time 2024 tour at Nissan Stadium on May 02, 2024 in Nashville, Tennessee; Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for Morgan Wallen's One Night At A Time 2024

Morgan Wallen and ERNEST Achieve Chart-Topping Success with ‘Cowgirls,’ Set New Mediabase Spin Record

Posted on July 21, 2024

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Lauren Jo Black

This is a career milestone for ERNEST.

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Kane Brown; Photo by Alex Alvga

Kane Brown Speaks Out After Sold-Out Fenway Park Concert Cut Short by Fire

Posted on July 21, 2024

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Lauren Jo Black

Brown addressed the incident, which caused him to cut two songs from his set, on Instagram.

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Billy Ray Cyrus; Photo by Andrew Wendowski, Corey Comperatore; Photo Courtesy Allyson Comperatore/ Facebook

Billy Ray Cyrus Performs At Funeral for Firefighter Killed At Trump Rally: ‘He Gave All For His Family And His Country’

Posted on July 19, 2024

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Lauren Jo Black

Cyrus honored the late Corey Comperatore with a rendition of “Amazing Grace” and a performance of “Some Gave All.”

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MGK, Jelly Roll; Photos via Instagram

Machine Gun Kelly and Jelly Roll Channel John Denver in Forthcoming Track, ‘Lonely Road’

Posted on July 18, 2024

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Lauren Jo Black

Is MGK in his country era?

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Post Malone performs onstage for Bud Light's "A Night In Nashville" concert at Marathon Music Works on July 16, 2024 in Nashville, Tennessee; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Bud Light

Post Malone Proves His Country Cred with Epic ‘A Night In Nashville’ Concert

Posted on July 17, 2024

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Lauren Jo Black

Post Malone belongs in Music City.

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Jon Pardi with Baby Sienna Grace; Photos Courtesy Summer Pardi Instagram, by Michelle Dowdy

Jon Pardi and Wife, Summer, Welcome Baby Girl: ‘What A Dream’

Posted on July 16, 2024

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Lauren Jo Black

They are officially a “Pardi” of FOUR.

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Reba McEntire performs onstage at the 59th Academy of Country Music Awards from Ford Center at The Star on May 16, 2024 in Frisco, Texas; Photo by C Polk, Courtesy of ACM

Reba McEntire Returns to Host 60th Academy of Country Music Awards: All The Details

Posted on July 16, 2024

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Lauren Jo Black

“It’s going to be an absolute can’t miss show,” McEntire promises.

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