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.

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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Dasha; Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images for CMT

Dasha Makes Awards Show Debut With Electrifying Performance Of Fan-favorite Song, ‘Austin’

Posted on April 7, 2024

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Lauren Jo Black

The breakout star made a splash at the 2024 CMT Music Awards

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Devlin "Duck" Hodges and Lainey Wilson; Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for CMT

PHOTOS: Lainey Wilson and Boyfriend Devlin ‘Duck’ Hodges Sizzle At CMT Music Awards

Posted on April 7, 2024

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Lauren Jo Black

Lainey Wilson and her boyfriend, Devlin “Duck” Hodges turned heads on the red carpet at the 2024 CMT Music Awards. …

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Jason Aldean; Photo by Catherine Powell/Getty Images for CMT

Jason Aldean Makes CMT Music Awards Comeback With ‘Let Your Boys Be Country’ Performance

Posted on April 7, 2024

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Lauren Jo Black

Aldean’s appearance comes just month after CMT pulled his video from rotation.

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Cody Johnson; Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images for CMT

Cody Johnson Makes His Home State Proud With ‘That’s Texas’ Performance At CMT Music Awards

Posted on April 7, 2024

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Lauren Jo Black

Johnson opened the show with a standout performance.

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