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.

Morgan Wallen; Photo by Cameron Baird, This Bar Logo

Morgan Wallen’s This Bar and Tennessee Kitchen Logo Explained

Posted on February 15, 2024

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Lauren Jo Black

Here’s how the logo for Wallen’s Nashville bar pays homage to his life and Tennessee roots.

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Scotty McCreery, Josh Turner; Photos by Chris Hollo, Grand Ole Opry

Scotty McCreery To Be Inducted Into the Grand Ole Opry By ‘Hero’ Josh Turner

Posted on February 15, 2024

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Lauren Jo Black

McCreery says this is “beyond what I could have ever dreamed.”  

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Morgan Wallen; Photo by Cameron Baird

Morgan Wallen To Open This Bar and Tennessee Kitchen In Nashville: Here’s What We Know

Posted on February 15, 2024

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Lauren Jo Black

“This venue will hold true to everything I love and is inspired by my fans and the way they have embraced me and my music,” Wallen shared.

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Gwen Stefani; Photos Courtesy YouTube

Gwen Stefani Reveals Blake Shelton Recently Gifted Her A Massive Emerald Green Ring: ‘I Love You, Blakey’

Posted on February 15, 2024

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Lauren Jo Black

Stefani showed off her new bling before performing “Purple Irises” with Shelton.

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Alexandra Kay and Boyfriend, Rocko Beall; Photo via Instagram

Alexandra Kay Finds Love Again: Meet Her New Boyfriend Rocko Beall

Posted on February 14, 2024

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Lauren Jo Black

“Oh how rare it is, to find someone like you,” Kay shared on Instagram.

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Kane Brown and Katelyn Brown with Children; Photo via Instagram

Kane Brown Celebrates Valentine’s Day Surrounded By His Adorable Girls

Posted on February 14, 2024

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Lauren Jo Black

The Brown family is all smiles on this Valentine’s Day!

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Cole Swindell, Courtney Little; Photo by Jamie Schramm/CMA

Cole Swindell’s Valentine’s Day Message To Future Wife Courtney Little Sparks New Song Speculation

Posted on February 14, 2024

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Lauren Jo Black

Fans think Swindell shared new lyrics in his latest Instagram post.

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Alex Miller; Photo Courtesy American Idol, ABC

American Idol Alum Alex Miller Involved In Fatal Crash

Posted on February 14, 2024

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Lauren Jo Black

The tragic incident took place on Tuesday evening in Miller’s home state of Kentucky.

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Katy Perry on American Idol; Photo by Disney/Eric McCandless

Katy Perry Is Leaving American Idol

Posted on February 13, 2024

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Lauren Jo Black

After seven seasons, this Idol judge is bidding farewell to the show.

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Luke Combs, Riley Green; Photo Courtesy Luke Combs, Instagram

Riley Green and Luke Combs’ ‘Different ‘Round Here’ Claims No.1 Spot on Country Radio

Posted on February 12, 2024

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Lauren Jo Black

“This song took on a life of its own over the past couple years,” Green explained.

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