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.

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s Love Story

Posted on October 6, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

There was an immediate connection between Tim McGraw and Faith Hill when they first met at the New Faces showcase…

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RaeLynn with Daughter, Daisy Rae

RaeLynn Is Twinning with Newborn Daughter, Daisy Rae, In Adorable New Photos

Posted on October 6, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

Life as a new mom looks good on RaeLynn!  The country singer is settling in to a routine with her…

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Miranda Lambert and husband Brendan McLoughlin; Photo by Abby Stevenson

PHOTOS: Miranda Lambert, Brendan McLoughlin, & More Attend Star-Studded The Onsite Foundation Gala

Posted on October 5, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

On Wednesday evening (Sept. 29), The Onsite Foundation hosted its “Together Again” gala and a slew of country music artists,…

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Jared Brasher; Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC

WATCH: Blake Shelton Offers Constructive Criticism After Jared Brasher’s Country Cover Falls Short on ‘The Voice’

Posted on October 5, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

“This isn’t what any of us wanted, man,” Shelton told him.

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Julianne Nguyen, Dustin Lynch; Photo Courtesy Jami Nguyen

WATCH: Dustin Lynch Sings ‘Thinking ‘Bout You’ Duet with 7-Year-Old Fan, Julianne

Posted on October 5, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

Julianne, a 7-year-old Dustin Lynch fan, had the opportunity to share the stage with the country superstar over the weekend…

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Luke Bryan; Photo by Hunter Berry, CMA

LISTEN: Luke Bryan Puts His Faith On Full Display in New Single, ‘Up’

Posted on October 5, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

Following the success of his 27th No.1 single, “Waves,” Luke Bryan is gearing up to release his brand new single,…

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Jimmie Allen, Emma Slater; ABC, Dancing with the Stars

WATCH: Jimmie Allen and Emma Slater’s ‘Outrageous’ Salsa Has the ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Judges Conflicted

Posted on October 4, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

Country star Jimmie Allen returned to the ballroom on Monday evening’s episode of Dancing with the Stars and blew viewers…

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Trisha Yearwood, Garth Brooks (1)

WATCH: Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks Prove They’re ‘Couple Goals’

Posted on October 3, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

Beloved country music powerhouse couple – Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks – have fans swooning over their latest Instagram post. …

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Carrie Underwood; Photo via YouTube

Remember When Carrie Underwood Released ‘Jesus, Take the Wheel?’

Posted on October 3, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

On October 3, 2005, Carrie Underwood released “Jesus, Take the Wheel,” a song that would go on to change her…

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Darius Rucker; Photo Courtesy iHeartRadio

Darius Rucker Rocks the 2021 iHeartRadio Music Festival with ‘Wagon Wheel’

Posted on October 2, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

Country superstar Darius Rucker rocked the 2021 iHeartRadio Music Festival with a performance of the fan-favorite hit, “Wagon Wheel.” The…

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