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.

Jason Aldean; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

WATCH: Jason Aldean Honors U.S. Military Heroes Killed in Afghanistan with ‘Drink One For Me’

Posted on September 4, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

Heartbroken over the recent loss of 13 members of the United States’ military, Jason Aldean took to social media to…

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Garth Brooks, Loretta Lynn; Photo by Chris Hollo, Grand Ole Opry

BREAKING: Loretta Lynn Taps Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Luke Bryan & Luke Combs For Flood Relief Concert

Posted on September 3, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

After a devastating flood tore through her hometown, country music legend Loretta Lynn is stepping up to the plate to…

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Luke Bryan; Photo Courtesy ABC

WATCH: Luke Bryan Lights Up ‘CMA Summer Jam’ with Trio of Hits

Posted on September 2, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

Country superstar and two-time CMA Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan brought his energetic live show to CMA Summer Jam,…

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Lainey Wilson; Photo Courtesy CMA

Lainey Wilson Proves There’s ‘Things A Man Oughta Know’ On ‘CMA Summer Jam’

Posted on September 2, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

Lainey Wilson gave CMA Summer Jam viewers a taste of what “bell bottom country” is all about on Thursday evening…

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Brothers Osborne; Photo Courtesy CMA

Brothers Osborne Rocks ‘CMA Summer Jam’ with ‘It Ain’t My Fault’

Posted on September 2, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

Brothers Osborne’s TJ and John Osborne brought the fan-favorite track, “It Ain’t My Fault,” to CMA Summer Jam and fans…

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Morgan Wallen; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

BREAKING: Morgan Wallen Announces His Return to the Stage with Tennessee Flood Benefit Concert

Posted on September 2, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

Morgan Wallen and some of his closest friends are coming together in support of the flood victims of Humphreys County,…

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Jimmie Allen; Photo Courtesy ABC

Jimmie Allen – Sans Brad Paisley – Performs ‘Freedom Was A Highway’ On ‘CMA Summer Jam’

Posted on September 2, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

Jimmie Allen brought his latest single, “Freedom Was A Highway” to life with a performance on CMA Summer Jam on…

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Mickey Guyton Celebrates Unity with Performance of ‘All American’ on ‘CMA Summer Jam’

Posted on September 2, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

Mickey Guyton showcased her soaring vocals and delivered a special message of unity with a performance of her new song,…

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Dwight Yoakam, Carrie Underwood; Photo Courtesy CMA

WATCH: Carrie Underwood and Dwight Yoakam Shine with Two-Song Performance on ‘CMA Summer Jam’

Posted on September 2, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

Two country music trailblazers, Carrie Underwood and Dwight Yoakam, shared the stage for an epic collaboration during CMA Summer Jam….

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Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett; Photo Courtesy ABC

Florida Georgia Line and Thomas Rhett Team Up For ‘CMA Summer Jam’ Performance

Posted on September 2, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

Thursday night’s CMA Summer Jam featured a slew of superstar performances and collaborations, including one from Florida Georgia Line and…

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