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.

The Voice cast; Photos Courtesy NBC

‘The Voice’ Sets Fall 2021 Premiere Date

Posted on July 19, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

NBC’s The Voice is back and it’s set to premiere on September 20, 2021.  The news was revealed on this…

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Maddie & Tae; Photo by Joseph Llanes

Country Now Live with Maddie & Tae: Here’s How To Watch

Posted on July 19, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

On Wednesday (July 21), Maddie & Tae will take the stage for the Country Now Live series and fans are invited…

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Bobby Bones Weds Caitlin Parker In Stunning Backyard Ceremony

Posted on July 18, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

Bobby Bones is a married man!  The nationally-syndicated radio host, American Idol mentor and Breaking Bobby Bones star wed Caitlin…

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Luke Bryan with fan, Darci; Photo via YouTube

Watch Luke Bryan Sing ‘Down To One’ with 7-Year-Old Fan, Darci

Posted on July 18, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

Luke Bryan sang a “Down To One” duet with his biggest little fan, Darci Claire, on Saturday (July 17) when…

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Reba, Charley Pride, George Strait

Reba, George Strait and More To Honor Charley Pride During Upcoming CMT Special

Posted on July 16, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

CMT will soon honor the late Charley Pride with CMT GIANTS: Charley Pride, a star-studded special celebrating the life and…

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Tanya Tucker; Photo by Rebecca Sapp/Getty Images for The Recording Academy

Tanya Tucker Cancels Shows, Shares Update Following Emergency Surgery

Posted on July 15, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

The legendary Tanya Tucker says she is “doing well” after undergoing emergency hip surgery this week.  The GRAMMY-winning country star,…

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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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