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.

Chris Young; Photo by John Shearer

Chris Young Thanks Fans For Support After His Dad Suffers A Heart Attack

Posted on July 1, 2024

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Lauren Jo Black

“I don’t even have the words…”

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Alan Jackson, Denise Jackson, Daughter Mattie and Grandson Wesley Alan; Photo via Instagram

Alan Jackson Beams with Pride in New Family Photo Introducing Grandson Wesley Alan

Posted on July 1, 2024

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Lauren Jo Black

Alan Jackson is all smiles in a newly released family photo announcing the birth of his second grandson, Wesley Alan…

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Denny Hamlin; Photos via Instagram

WATCH: Denny Hamlin Recreates Morgan Wallen’s ‘Broadway Girls’ Walkout at NASCAR’s Ally 400

Posted on July 1, 2024

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Lauren Jo Black

Hamlin may not have won the race, but he turned heads with this epic walkout.

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Priscilla Block; Photo via YouTube/ "Bad Guy"

Priscilla Block Flips the Script with Bold New Track ‘Bad Guy’

Posted on July 1, 2024

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Lauren Jo Black

Watch the just-released visualizer.

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Keith Urban; Photo by Daniel Prakopcyk

Keith Urban Readies Brand-New Album, ‘High’

Posted on July 1, 2024

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Lauren Jo Black

The superstar unveiled the release date and track list for this highly anticipated project.

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Willie Nelson; Photo by Pamela Springsteen

Willie Nelson Cleared To Be ‘On The Road Again’ After Illness

Posted on June 28, 2024

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Lauren Jo Black

The country music icon will unfortunately miss this weekend’s shows, but has been cleared to tour again next week.

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Kelsea Ballerini, Noah Kahan; Photo by Patrick Tracy

Kelsea Ballerini and Noah Kahan Break Stereotypes with ‘Cowboys Cry Too’

Posted on June 28, 2024

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Lauren Jo Black

Ballerini’s next musical era starts now with this empowering Noah Kahan duet.

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Miranda Lambert; Dammit Randy; Photos Provided

LISTEN: Miranda Lambert Strikes a Chord with ‘Dammit Randy’

Posted on June 28, 2024

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Lauren Jo Black

“This one’s for anyone with a Randy they need to move on from.” Lambert explains.

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Cody Johnson - Dirt Cheap Music Video; Photo via YouTube

WATCH: Cody Johnson Debuts Deeply Emotional ‘Dirt Cheap’ Music Video

Posted on June 28, 2024

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Lauren Jo Black

Grab the tissues for this one. Trust us.

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Alan Jackson Second Grandchild; Photos via Instagram

Alan Jackson Becomes Grandfather Again as Daughter Mattie Welcomes Son

Posted on June 27, 2024

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Lauren Jo Black

The sweet baby boy’s name includes a nod to the country icon.

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