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.

Ashland Craft; Photo by Brayln Kelly

Ashland Craft Readies Debut Album, ‘Travelin’ Kind’

Posted on July 30, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

Up-and-coming Big Loud Records country artist Ashland Craft recently announced her debut album, Travelin’ Kind. Set to release on September…

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Miranda Lambert & Her Dog Jessi; Photo Courtesy of Instagram

Miranda Lambert ‘Heartbroken’ Over Death of Her Dog Jessi

Posted on July 30, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

Miranda Lambert’s beloved dog of over 13 years has crossed the rainbow bridge. The country superstar took to Instagram on…

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Shirell “Honey” Lackey; Photo Courtesy Fox 8

Anonymous Country Music Singer Leaves $1,000 Tip for Waitress Pulling a Double While Caring for Baby

Posted on July 30, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

A popular country music singer recently gave a Waffle House employee the surprise of a lifetime when he left her…

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Brothers Osborne, Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley

Watch Brothers Osborne, Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley Cover ‘Midnight Rider’

Posted on July 30, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

Brothers Osborne, Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley teamed up for an explosive performance of an Allman Brothers Band classic on…

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Zac Brown Band and Sam Hunt’s Upcoming Stadium Concert Abruptly Canceled

Posted on July 29, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

Zac Brown Band and Sam Hunt’s upcoming stadium concert, set for early next month in St. Louis, has been canceled. …

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Blake Shelton; Photo Courtesy Sirius XM's The Highway

Blake Shelton Says He’s ‘Really Proud’ of the Song He Wrote Gwen Stefani for Their Wedding — But Will He Release It?

Posted on July 29, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

Blake Shelton is opening up about the song he wrote Gwen Stefani for their July 3 wedding.  In a recent…

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Blake Shelton, Carly Pearce, Toby Keith

Blake Shelton, Carly Pearce and Toby Keith Lead iHeartCountry Music Festival Lineup

Posted on July 28, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

Live music is back and so is the iHeartCountry Music Festival!  After a year hiatus, the festival is set to…

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Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani; Photo by Edward James

Watch Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani Share Adorable On Stage Moment at ‘CMA Summer Jam’

Posted on July 28, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

Blake Shelton and his wife Gwen Stefani proved they are “Happy Anywhere” on Tuesday evening (July 27) in Nashville with…

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Dwight Yoakam, Carrie Underwood; Photo via Instagram by Jeff Johnson

Watch Carrie Underwood Fulfill Dream of Performing with ‘Legend’ Dwight Yoakam at ‘CMA Summer Jam’

Posted on July 28, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

Two country music trailblazers, Carrie Underwood and Dwight Yoakam, shared the stage for an epic collaboration on Tuesday evening (July…

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Blake Shelton, Ariana Grande, John Legend, Kelly Clarkson

Blake Shelton Promises ‘This Is Gonna Be An Amazing Season’ In New ‘The Voice’ Promo

Posted on July 27, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

To celebrate the upcoming return of NBC’s The Voice, and welcome Ariana Grande as a new coach, the hit show…

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