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.

Dixie Chicks; Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Will the Dixie Chicks Be the Next Band To Change Its Name?

Posted on June 11, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

On Thursday morning (June 11), members of award-wining country trio Lady Antebellum revealed that they are dropping the term “antebellum”…

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Kelly Clarkson, Brandon Blackstock

Kelly Clarkson Files For Divorce From Brandon Blackstock

Posted on June 11, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Kelly Clarkson is getting a divorce. According to Entertainment Tonight, the superstar filed for divorce from husband Brandon Blackstock in…

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Dixie Chicks Gaslighter

Dixie Chicks Set New Release Date For ‘Gaslighter’ Album

Posted on June 11, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

The members of the Dixie Chicks have announced a new release date for the trio’s long-awaited new album, Gaslighter. Originally…

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Gabby Barrett, King Calaway

Gabby Barrett Joins King Calaway To Sing Dolly Parton Hit

Posted on June 11, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Gabby Barrett joined King Calaway on the latest episode of the group’s Nashville’s House Band Series to sing a classic…

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Cole Swindell Photo by Robby Klein

Cole Swindell Reveals His Current Favorite Songs In This Playlist Takeover

Posted on June 11, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Ever wonder what songs your favorite country artists listen to? Here’s your answer!

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Lady Antebellum; Photo By Dove Shore

Lady Antebellum Changes Band Name To Shine a Light on Racial Injustice

Posted on June 11, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Lady Antebellum took to social media on Thursday (June 11) to share a heartfelt note with fans, revealing that they…

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Garth Brooks To Host Drive-In Concert Event at 300 Theaters Across North America

Posted on June 11, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Garth Brooks may not be able to tour around the country playing various stadiums this summer as he originally planned,…

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Allie Colleen; Photo by Moments By Moser Photography

Allie Colleen Dedicates New Song, ‘Ain’t The Only Hell (My Momma Raised),’ To ‘All the Moms’

Posted on June 10, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Allie Colleen is sharing more new music with fans with the release of a brand new, summer-ready single, “Ain’t The…

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Photo Courtesy John Prine

Eric Church, Kacey Musgraves & More Set For Online John Prine Tribute Concert

Posted on June 10, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Several country and Americana artists will pay tribute to the late John Prine on Thursday (June 11) during Picture Show:…

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Luke Bryan; Photo by Jim Wright

Luke Bryan Teases Emotional New Song, “Build Me A Daddy’

Posted on June 10, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Luke Bryan is preparing to share another song from his much-anticipated new album, Born Here, Live Here, Die Here, with the…

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