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.

Kane Brown; Photo by BFA for Crown Royal

Kane Brown Teams With Crown Royal To Honor Veterans On In The Air Tour

Posted on April 16, 2024

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Lauren Jo Black

Brown says supporting veterans and active duty military “holds a super sensitive place” in his heart.

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Eric Church, Morgan Wallen; Photo Courtesy of CMA

Morgan Wallen and Eric Church’s ‘Man Made A Bar’ Hits No.1 At Country Radio

Posted on April 15, 2024

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Lauren Jo Black

The song topped both country airplay charts.

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Reba McEntire will host the ACM Awards for the 17th time in 2024

2024 ACM Awards Flyaway Sweepstakes

Posted on April 15, 2024

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Lauren Jo Black

Enter for a chance to win a trip for two to the 2024 ACM Awards in Frisco, Texas, plus tickets to Parker McCollum and Friends: ACM Lifting Lives LIVE.

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Kelsea Ballerini, Dasha; Photos by Getty Images for CMT

CMT Music Awards 2024 Ratings Revealed

Posted on April 10, 2024

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Lauren Jo Black

Ratings were down from last year, but only slightly.

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Will Moseley, Jelly Roll; Photo Courtesy Instagram

American Idol Standout Will Moseley Recalls Meeting His ‘Hero’ Jelly Roll In Gratitude-Filled Message

Posted on April 10, 2024

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Lauren Jo Black

“They say never meet your heroes, but I did and you are still just that. My hero!” 

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Ryan Gosling, Chris Stapleton; Photo Courtesy SNL, YouTube

WATCH: Ryan Gosling Proves He’s Chris Stapleton’s Biggest Fan In Hilarious ‘Saturday Night Live’ Promo

Posted on April 10, 2024

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Lauren Jo Black

Gosling is seen sporting Stapleton’s merch in the clip.

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Scotty McCreery, Gabi; Photo Courtesy Scotty McCreery, Instagram

Why Scotty McCreery’s Recent Vacation Was ‘Bittersweet’

Posted on April 10, 2024

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Lauren Jo Black

McCreery and his wife, Gabi, enjoyed an “unreal” trip to Curaçao, but he admits it was tough to leave their son, Avery, behind.

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Petty Country; Photo Courtesy Big Machine Records in partnership with the Tom Petty Estate

Tom Petty Tribute Album ‘Petty Country,’ Featuring Chris Stapleton, Dolly Parton, Luke Combs, & More, Set To Release June 21

Posted on April 9, 2024

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Lauren Jo Black

The 20-track project will be released on June 21.

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Luke Combs, Megan Moroney,; Photos by Andrew Wendowski, Morgan Wallen; Photo Courtesy Instagram

2024 ACM Awards Nominees Revealed: Luke Combs, Megan Moroney, & Morgan Wallen Lead

Posted on April 9, 2024

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Lauren Jo Black

Combs raked in eight nominations, while Moroney and Wallen follow with six apiece.

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Jelly Roll; Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for CMT

Jelly Roll Sweeps 2024 CMT Music Awards: ‘One Of The Greatest Nights Of My Life’

Posted on April 7, 2024

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Lauren Jo Black

In addition to taking home three trophies, the genre-bending star delivered a fiery performance of “Halfway To Hell.”

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