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.

WATCH: Alan Jackson Revives ‘Real Country Music’ In Video Featuring Johnny Cash, Tammy Wynette, Patsy Cline & More

Posted on September 23, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

Country Music Hall of Fame member Alan Jackson is honoring some of country music’s heroes with the release of his…

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Laine Hardy; Photo by David Bradley 1

WATCH: Laine Hardy Feels ‘Complete’ After Releasing Debut Album, ‘Here’s To Anyone’

Posted on September 23, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

A little over two years has passed since Laine Hardy won Season 17 American Idol. Since his crowning moment, the…

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Ashley McBryde; Photo by Katie Kessel

BREAKING: Ashley McBryde Abruptly Postpones Show After Sustaining Injuries in Horseback Riding Accident

Posted on September 23, 2021

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Four-time GRAMMY nominee Ashley McBryde is on the mend after sustaining injuries while horseback riding in Montana.  According to her…

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Morgan Wallen, Eric Church

WATCH: Morgan Wallen and Eric Church Share the Stage for Epic Surprise Performance in Downtown Nashville

Posted on September 23, 2021

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Morgan Wallen and Eric Church were among a star-studded list of special guests and performers at The Twelve Thirty Club….

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Morgan Wallen; John Russell, CMA

Morgan Wallen Is Making Good On His Promise To Donate $500,000 To Black Organizations

Posted on September 22, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

Morgan Wallen is fulfilling his promise to donate $500,000 to the Black Music Action Coalition (BMAC) and other Black-led or…

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Tim McGraw; Photo by Andrew Wendowski 2

Even Tim McGraw Forgets His Lyrics — But Thankfully, Fans Are There To Help

Posted on September 22, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

He’s been in the music business for 30 years, but even Tim McGraw forgets his lyrics sometimes.   In an interview…

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Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images

Nicole Kidman Recalls a Romantic Gesture from Keith Urban That Made Her Realize He Was The One

Posted on September 22, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

They’ve been married for 15 years but Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban still sweep each other off their feet. It’s…

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Blake Shelton, Lana Scott

Blake Shelton Declares, ‘That Is Country,’ After Lana Scott Covers Kelsea Ballerini On ‘The Voice’

Posted on September 21, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

The Blind Auditions continued on the second night of The Voice premiere on Tuesday evening, and country singer Lana Scott’s…

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WATCH: Scotty McCreery Performs ‘Damn Strait’ on NBC’s ‘TODAY’

Posted on September 21, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

Just days after releasing his highly anticipated new album, Same Truck, Scotty McCreery made an appearance on NBC’s TODAY to…

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Lainey Wilson; Photo by Erika Goldring, Getty Images for CMT

Lainey Wilson Shares Message of Gratitude After Earning First No.1 Single with ‘Things A Man Oughta Know’

Posted on September 21, 2021

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“Thank you to anybody and everybody who has given me a chance,” Wilson gushed.

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