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.

Kane Brown; Photo by John Shearer

Kane Brown Makes History with BET Awards Performance From The Ryman

Posted on June 29, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Kane Brown became the first-ever country artist in BET history to debut a song on the BET Awards on Sunday…

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Kelsea Ballerini, Chase Rice; Photos by Jason Kempin/Getty Images

Kelsea Ballerini Calls Out Chase Rice For ‘Selfish’ Return To the Stage

Posted on June 28, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Chase Rice returned to the stage for the first time since the coronavirus outbreak forced the cancellation live shows on…

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Miranda Lambert and Brendan McLoughlin

Miranda Lambert and Husband Brendan McLoughlin Rescue Kitten From a Texas Highway

Posted on June 28, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Miranda Lambert and her husband Brendan McLoughlin have added to their brood once again! The couple took in a sweet…

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Trisha Yearwood; Photo by Russ Harrington, Lauren Alaina; Photo Courtesy Mercury Nashville

Lauren Alaina and Trisha Yearwood Join Forces On ‘Getting Good’

Posted on June 26, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

After hitting it off on the set of Trisha’s Southern Kitchen earlier this year, Lauren Alaina and Trisha Yearwood decided…

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Carrie Undewood Beekeeping

Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher Have Taken Up a New Hobby — Beekeeping

Posted on June 26, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher have made the most of their time in quarantine and like many people, the couple…

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Laine Hardy

Laine Hardy Shares Acoustic Versions of ‘Ground I Grew Up On’ and ‘Let There Be Country’

Posted on June 26, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Laine Hardy is offering fans a new take on his songs “Ground I Grew Up On” and “Let There Be…

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Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani Live

Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani’s Love Story Comes To Life In New Live Music Video

Posted on June 26, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani just released a live music video for their chart-topping duet, “Nobody But You.” The clip…

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Dan + Shay; Photo by Sesame Workshop, Zach Hyman

Watch Dan + Shay Sing a ‘Sesame Street’ Classic on ‘The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo!’

Posted on June 26, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Dan + Shay stopped by The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo! this week to perform the classic Sesame Street tune, “I…

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Sam Hunt; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for CMT/Viacom

Sam Hunt Drops Acoustic Version Of ‘Hard To Forget’

Posted on June 26, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

As Sam Hunt’s latest single, “Hard To Forget,” nears the top spot at country radio, the superstar is sharing a…

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Lindsay Ell; Photo by Jeremy Cowart

Lindsay Ell Shines With Confident New Single, ‘Want Me Back’

Posted on June 26, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

“Want Me Back” is Lindsay Ell at her best.

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