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.

Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani Wedding

15+ Details About Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani’s Wedding, Including the Vows, Band, Cake & More

Posted on July 6, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

Here’s everything you need to know about Blake and Gwen’s big day.

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Kelly Clarkson; Photos by Art Streiber_NBC

Kelly Clarkson Requests Courts To Declare Her Legally Single Amid Brandon Blackstock Divorce

Posted on July 6, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

Kelly Clarkson is seeking her independence amid her divorce from Brandon Blackstock. According to TMZ, the singer/television host’s lawyer, Laura…

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Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, Carson Daly

Carson Daly ‘Honored’ To Officiate Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani’s Wedding

Posted on July 6, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani’s July 3 wedding was all about friends and family, so it’s no surprise that the…

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Laine Hardy; Photo Courtesy ABC

Laine Hardy Performs ‘Memorize You’ on ‘The Bachelorette’

Posted on July 5, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

Laine Hardy made his debut on ABC’s The Bachelorette on Monday evening (July 5) with a performance of his brand…

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Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani

PHOTOS: See Inside Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani’s Gorgeous Oklahoma Wedding

Posted on July 5, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani officially tied the knot on Saturday (July 3) and the new Mrs. Shelton is giving…

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Chris Lane Asks Fans to Pray for Newborn Son Following Overnight Hospital Stay

Posted on July 5, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

Chris Lane and Lauren Bushnell Lane’s newborn son Dutton Walker needs your prayers.  The country singer took to social media…

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Photo Courtesy Craig Morgan

Country Now Live with Craig Morgan: Here’s How To Watch

Posted on July 5, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

On Wednesday (July 7), Craig Morgan will take the stage for the Country Now Live series and fans are invited to…

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Kelly Clarkson; Photo by Weiss Eubanks, NBCUniversal

Kelly Clarkson’s Vocals Shine with Stunning Vince Gill Cover

Posted on July 5, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

Kelly Clarkson covered the legendary Vince Gill on the latest episode of The Kelly Clarkson Show during her Kellyoke segment. …

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Morgan Wallen; Photo via Instagram

Morgan Wallen Debuts New Song, ‘Drink U Back,’ with Acoustic Performance

Posted on July 4, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

Morgan Wallen took to Instagram on Sunday evening (July 4) to share a portion of a brand new song, “Drink…

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Jimmie Allen; Photo Courtesy PBS

Re-Live Jimmie Allen’s ‘American Heartbreaker’ Performance From ‘A Capitol Fourth’

Posted on July 4, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

Jimmie Allen put his patriotism on full display on the Fourth of July with a performance on the PBS special,…

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