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.

Wynonna Judd; Photo Courtesy of John Shearer/Getty Images for CMT

Wynonna Judd Remembers ‘Gentle Giant’ Charley Pride with Performance of ‘Just Between You and Me’

Posted on August 25, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

Wynonna Judd honored the late Charley Pride during the star-studded CMT Giants: Charley Pride special, which aired on Wednesday evening…

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Jimmie Allen; Photo Courtesy of John Shearer/Getty Images for CMT

Jimmie Allen Honors ‘Superman of Country Music,’ Charley Pride, with ‘CMT Giants’ Performance

Posted on August 25, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

Jimmie Allen celebrated the life and legacy of country music icon Charley Pride on Wednesday evening (Aug. 25) with a…

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Gladys Knight; Photo Courtesy of John Shearer/Getty Images for CMT

WATCH: Gladys Knight Tributes Charley Pride with Cover of ‘Roll On Mississippi’

Posted on August 25, 2021

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Seven-time GRAMMY winner Gladys Knight made an appearance on the star-studded television special, CMT Giants: Charley Pride, which debuted on…

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George Strait; Photo Courtesy of John Shearer/Getty Images for CMT

George Strait Remembers Longtime Friend Charley Pride with Cover of ‘Is Anybody Goin To San Antone’

Posted on August 25, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

George Strait remembered his good friend Charley Pride during the star-studded television special, CMT Giants: Charley Pride, which debuted on…

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Mickey Guyton Opens ‘CMT Giants: Charley Pride’ with Stunning Cover of ‘I’m Just Me’

Posted on August 25, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

Mickey Guyton paid tribute to country music legend Charley Pride with a performance of “I’m Just Me” during the star-studded…

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Morgane Stapleton, Chris Stapleton; Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images

Morgane and Chris Stapleton Give Generous Donation To Family Who Lost Twins In Tennessee Flood

Posted on August 25, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

As Middle Tennessee continues to grapple with the devastation following Saturday’s catastrophic flooding, one family is mourning the loss of…

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Jason Aldean, Ryan Fleming; Photos via Instagram

Jason Aldean Mourns Loss Of Ryan Fleming, the Security Guard Who Saved Him During Route 91 Shooting

Posted on August 25, 2021

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“Thank you for having my back all these years,” Aldean wrote.

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Eric Church; Photo by John Russell/CMA

BREAKING: Eric Church Reschedules Lake Tahoe Concerts Due To Hazardous Air Quality and Wildfires

Posted on August 24, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

Fans in the Lake Tahoe area will have to wait another year to see Eric Church. The superstar has rescheduled…

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Photo Courtesy King Calaway

Country Now Live with King Calaway: Here’s How To Watch

Posted on August 24, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

On Thursday (August 26), King Calaway will take the stage for the Country Now Live series and fans are invited to…

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HARDY and Caleigh Ryan; Photos via Instagram

HARDY Engaged To Caleigh Ryan: ‘I’m Not Her Boyfriend Anymore’

Posted on August 23, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

She said “YES!”

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