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.

Morgan Wallen; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

BREAKING: Morgan Wallen Announces New Fall Concert Dates

Posted on September 20, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

Morgan Wallen is returning to the stage this fall.  The singer/songwriter just-announced a four-show trek and pre-sale tickets for all…

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Photo Courtesy Alex Miller

‘American Idol’ Alum Alex Miller Inks Record Deal, Announces New Single, ‘Don’t Let The Barn Door Hit Ya’

Posted on September 20, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

Fan-favorite American Idol contestant Alex Miller just shared an exciting career update.  The Kentucky native revealed via Facebook that he…

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Reba; Photo Courtesy of CMA, Ted Lasso Cast; Francis Specker_CBS

Reba McEntire Hilariously Congratulates ‘Ted Lasso’ Cast On Emmys Wins

Posted on September 20, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

It looks like Reba McEntire is a fan of Ted Lasso!  The country music icon took to Twitter early Monday…

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Brantley Gilbert; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Brantley Gilbert Dedicates Emotional Track, ‘Gone But Not Forgotten’ To American Servicemen and Women

Posted on September 19, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

Country hitmaker Brantley Gilbert has never been one to hide his patriotism and his new song, “Gone But Not Forgotten,”…

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Morgan Wallen; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

BREAKING: Morgan Wallen to Headline Country Thunder at Bristol Motor Speedway

Posted on September 18, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

Morgan Wallen is set to headline a massive show at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee on Saturday, October 30,…

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Darius Rucker; Photo by Ford Fairchild, Kane Brown; Photo by Alex Alvga, Charley Pride; Photo by Ford Fairchild

Darius Rucker Compares Kane Brown To Charley Pride In Heartfelt Time 100 Profile

Posted on September 18, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

Earlier this week, it was revealed that Kane Brown was named to the 2021 TIME 100, TIME’s annual list of…

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Gabby Barrett; Photo via YouTube

Watch Gabby Barrett’s Inspirational (and Autobiographical!) ‘Footprints On The Moon’ Music Video

Posted on September 17, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

Gabby Barrett’s success story comes to life in the just-released music video for her latest single, “Footprints On The Moon.” …

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Carly Pearce; Photo Courtesy ABC

WATCH: Carly Pearce Performs ‘Next Girl’ On ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’

Posted on September 16, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

Just days before the release of her full-length project, 29: Written In Stone, Carly Pearce made an appearance on ABC’s…

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Chris Stapleton, Gabby Barrett, Kane Brown, Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Combs

‘CMT Artists of the Year’ To Honor Chris Stapleton, Gabby Barrett, Kane Brown, Kelsea Ballerini and Luke Combs

Posted on September 16, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

CMT just revealed that Chris Stapleton, Gabby Barrett, Kane Brown, Kelsea Ballerini and Luke Combs have been named 2021 Artists…

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Alan Jackson, Daughter Mattie Jackson Selecman

Alan Jackson and Daughter Mattie Co-Write New Song Together

Posted on September 16, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

After teasing a father/daughter collaboration on Wednesday, Alan Jackson and his eldest daughter, Mattie Jackson Selecman, have revealed that they…

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