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.

Mickey Guyton; Photo Courtesy PBS

Mickey Guyton Performs ‘Without A Net’ on ‘A Capitol Fourth’

Posted on July 4, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

Mickey Guyton rang in the fourth of July with a performance on PBS’ A Capitol Fourth.  The Grammy-nominated singer performed…

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Jennifer Nettles; Photo Courtesy PBS

Watch Jennifer Nettles Perform ‘Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin” on ‘A Capitol Fourth’

Posted on July 4, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

Jennifer Nettles celebrated Independence Day with a performance on PBS’ A Capitol Fourth on Sunday (July 4).  Nettles performed “Oh,…

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Alan Jackson; Photo Courtesy PBS

Alan Jackson Tributes His Late Father with Performance of ‘Drive’ on ‘A Capitol Fourth’

Posted on July 4, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

Alan Jackson appeared on PBS’ A Capitol Fourth with a special performance of “Drive (For Daddy Gene).” The iconic country…

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Kane Brown, Chris Young

Chris Young Left Speechless After Kane Brown Collab ‘Famous Friends’ Hits No.1

Posted on July 4, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

Chris Young and Kane Brown’s red-hot collaboration, “Famous Friends,” reached the top spot on the country radio chart this week. …

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Alabama, Tim McGraw; Photo Courtesy Rick Diamond

Tim McGraw Fulfills Lifelong Dream with Alabama in Nashville

Posted on July 4, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

McGraw says he will never forget this special moment with Alabama.

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Home Free; Photo by Ford Fairchild

WATCH: Country Now Puts Home Free’s American History Knowledge to the Test

Posted on July 4, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

All-vocal country group Home Free rang in Independence Day with a brand new album, saluting the red, white and blue. …

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Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton; Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC

REPORT: Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani Secure Marriage License Ahead of Fourth of July Weekend

Posted on July 1, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

Are Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani getting married over Fourth of July weekend?  According to TMZ, the superstars applied for…

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Gary Allan; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Gary Allan Plays First Nashville Show in Eight Years to Celebrate New Album, ‘Ruthless’

Posted on June 30, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

After eight years, country hitmaker Gary Allan returned to the stage in Nashville to celebrate the release of his brand…

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Callista Clark; Photo Courtesy Big Machine Records

Callista Clark Proves She’s ‘More Than Meets the Eye’ In ‘It’s ‘Cause I Am’ Music Video

Posted on June 30, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

Callista Clark is bringing her empowering anthem, “It’s ‘Cause I Am” to life with a brand new video that showcases…

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Cody Johnson; Photo by Jay Trevino

Cody Johnson Asks Fans for Prayers After Being Placed On Three-Week Vocal Rest

Posted on June 30, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

Cody Johnson has been placed on vocal rest after a recent run of tour dates.  The country star took to…

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