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.

Photo Courtesy Dan + Shay

Dan + Shay Announce New Album, ‘Good Things’

Posted on July 15, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

Three-time GRAMMY winning duo Dan + Shay just revealed plans to release their fourth studio album, Good Things.  Arriving on…

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Carly Peace; Photo Courtesy ACM Awards

Carly Pearce To Host 14th Annual ACM Honors

Posted on July 15, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

Lauren Alaina, Devin Dawson, Sara Evans, HARDY and more will perform.

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Ashley Monroe; Photo Courtesy CMA

Ashley Monroe Reveals Cancer Diagnosis: ‘I Start Chemo Tomorrow’

Posted on July 13, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

Singer, songwriter, and Pistol Annies member Ashley Monroe, 34, has been diagnosed with cancer.  The three-time GRAMMY nominee shared the…

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Morgan Wallen, Gabby Barrett, Luke Combs

Morgan Wallen, Gabby Barrett and Luke Combs Dominate Mid-Year Country Music Charts

Posted on July 13, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

Wallen’s ‘Dangerous’ is the most-consumed album of 2021 so far.

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Photo Courtesy Laine Hardy

Country Now Live with Laine Hardy: Here’s How To Watch

Posted on July 12, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

On Wednesday (July 14), Laine Hardy will take the stage for the Country Now Live series and fans are invited to…

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Blake Shelton & Gwen Stefani, Thomas Rhett, Carly Pearce

CMA To Host ‘CMA Summer Jam’ with Blake Shelton & Gwen Stefani, Thomas Rhett, Carly Pearce and More

Posted on July 12, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

The Country Music Association is bringing live music back to fans with the surprise announcement of CMA Summer Jam.  Taking…

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Dierks Bentley and Daughter, Evie; Photo Courtesy Dierks Bentley

Watch Dierks Bentley Sing ‘Different For Girls’ with 12-Year-Old Daughter, Evie

Posted on July 11, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

It looks like talent runs in Dierks Bentley’s family!  Bentley’s eldest child, Evelyn Day (Evie), joined him on stage to…

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Morgan Wallen, KT Smith, Indie; Photos via Instagram

Morgan Wallen and KT Smith’s Son Indie Is 1 – See Photos From His Birthday Party

Posted on July 11, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

This was his first rodeo.

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Morgan Wallen, KT Smith, Indie; Photos via Instagram

Morgan Wallen is All Smiles at Son Indie’s Cowboy-Themed 1st Birthday Party

Posted on July 11, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

Morgan Wallen’s son, Indie, turned 1 on Saturday (July 10) and the singer/songwriter was on hand with Indie’s mom, KT…

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Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher

Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher Were ‘Meant To Be’

Posted on July 10, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

“I feel like he is the person I was meant to be with…”

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