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.

Dierks Bentley; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

CBS To Air ‘New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash’ with Dierks Bentley, Zac Brown Band, Dan + Shay & More

Posted on September 9, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

Fans across the United States will ring in 2022 in style with New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville Big Bash, a…

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RaeLynn and Husband Josh, Baby Daisy Rae; Photos via Instagram

RaeLynn and Husband, Josh, Welcome Baby Girl, Daisy Rae

Posted on September 9, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

RaeLynn is officially a mom!  The singer/songwriter welcomed her first child, a baby girl named Daisy Rae, into the world…

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Morgan Wallen; Photo Courtesy ABC

Despite Ban From Several Categories, Morgan Wallen Could Still Win a CMA Award

Posted on September 9, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

The nominees for the 55th Annual CMA Awards were unveiled on Thursday morning and despite being banned from individual categories,…

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Gabby Barrett; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Gabby Barrett Reacts After Waking Up to News of Four CMA Nominations: ‘Are You Kidding Me?’

Posted on September 9, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

“I am just blown away,” Barrett admitted.

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Sam Hunt; Photo by Connor Dwyer

LISTEN: Sam Hunt Returns with Nostalic New Track, ’23’

Posted on September 9, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

Country hitmaker Sam Hunt is back with a brand new song, “23.”  The nostalgic track has the superstar looking back…

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Eric Church, Gabby Barrett, Chris Stapleton

Eric Church, Gabby Barrett and Chris Stapleton Dominate 2021 CMA Awards Nominations

Posted on September 9, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

Final Nominees for the The 55th Annual CMA Awards were revealed on Thursday morning and Eric Church and Chris Stapleton lead…

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Watch Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood’s ‘If I Didn’t Love You’ Music Video

Posted on September 8, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

Country superstars Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood brought their soaring duet, “If I Didn’t Love You” to life with a…

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Morgan Wallen; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

How To Watch Tonight’s ‘Morgan Wallen & Friends’ Benefit Concert

Posted on September 8, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

Tonight, Morgan Wallen will make his official return to the stage with a star-studded acoustic benefit concert in support of…

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Kelsea Ballerini; Photo by Chelsea Jansen

WATCH: Kelsea Ballerini Hilariously Mocks Herself After Tripping On Stage

Posted on September 8, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

In recent years, studies have revealed that those who have the ability to laugh at themselves is a distinct personality…

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Jimmie Allen; Photo by John Russell, CMA

Jimmie Allan Joins ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Season 30

Posted on September 8, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

Country hitmaker Jimmie Allen will soon be dancing his heart out on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars!  The “Freedom Was…

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