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.

Home Free’s Adam Chance and His Fiancée Sami Matarante Tease Wedding Plans

Posted on June 16, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Home Free’s Adam Chance and his fiancée Sami Matarante opened up about the beginning of their relationship, their recent engagement…

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Luke Combs and Nicole Hocking Mourn the Loss of Their Favorite Chicken

Posted on June 15, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Luke Combs and his fiancée Nicole Hocking had to say goodbye to one of their beloved pets this past week….

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Gabby Barrett; Photo by Robby Klein

Gabby Barrett Shares Deeply Personal Video For ‘Footprints on the Moon’

Posted on June 15, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Gabby Barrett is giving fans a look into her life and career in the just-released video for her inspirational anthem,…

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Kenny Chesney; Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for iHeartMedia

Kenny Chesney Reveals Rescheduled Stadium Dates for 2021

Posted on June 15, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

After being forced to postpone his 2020 Chillaxification Tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Kenny Chesney has revealed the newly…

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Eric Church; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Eric Church Teases New Single and Album: ‘It’s the Best We’ve Ever Been’

Posted on June 15, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Eric Church is gearing up to release a new single and album and it could possibly be the biggest and…

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Williams Family; Photo Courtesy Holly Williams

Holly Williams Shares Heartbreaking Final Family Photo With Sister Katherine: ‘I Have No Words’

Posted on June 14, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Holly Williams, singer/songwriter and daughter of Hank Williams Jr., is mourning the tragic loss of her sister, Katherine D. Williams-Dunning…

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Photo Courtesy Granger Smith

Granger Smith Plays First Post-Lockdown Concert In East Texas

Posted on June 14, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

“It felt normal and normal feels really good,” he said.

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Todd Tilghman; Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC

‘The Voice’ Winner Todd Tilghman Announces Concert Residency, Teases EP

Posted on June 13, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

The Voice winner Todd Tilghman recently shared some exciting news with his fans via Facebook Live. Live from the front…

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Maren Morris; Photo by Harper Smith

Maren Morris Releases Two New Tracks, ‘Just for Now’ and ‘Takes Two’

Posted on June 12, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Maren Morris recently went back into her musical vault and found two tracks to “polish” up and release to fans….

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Photo Courtesy Levi Hummon

Country Now Pop Quiz: Levi Hummon

Posted on June 12, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

After turning heads with his wedding-ready anthem, “Wedding Dress,” Levi Hummon is showcasing another side of his artistry with the…

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