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.

Carrie Underwood; Photo by Andrew Wendowski, Maren Morris; Photo by Frazer Harrison, Getty Images

Carrie Underwood Sent Maren Morris the Sweetest Baby Gift

Posted on June 9, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Carrie Underwood is an incredible singer, songwriter, businesswoman and author and it appears she’s also a great gift giver as…

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Photo Courtesy Jimmy Buffett

Jimmy Buffett To Make Grand Ole Opry Debut

Posted on June 9, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Get ready, Parrot Heads, because Jimmy Buffett is set to make his Grand Ole Opry debut. The Opry shared the…

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Brandon Lay and Wife

Brandon Lay and Wife Nicole Welcome Second Child

Posted on June 9, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

It’s a GIRL! Country newcomer Brandon Lay and his wife Nicole welcomed a precious baby girl into the world this…

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Morgan Wallen; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Morgan Wallen Promises His New Album Will Be ‘As Good, If Not Better’ Than His First

Posted on June 9, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

It’s official – Morgan Wallen is back in the studio working on his sophomore album. The Tennesee native took to…

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Gabby Barrett, Cade Foehner; ABC/Image Group LA

Gabby Barrett Reveals Cade Foehner Planned the Cutest Quarantine Date Night

Posted on June 9, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Gabby Barrett and Cade Foehner are quickly becoming one of country music’s most beloved couples. After meeting on the set…

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Kane, Katelyn and Kingsley Brown; Photo by Alex Alvga

Kane Brown Shares New Photos Of Kingsley Rose

Posted on June 8, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Kane Brown is one proud father. The country superstar took to social media this week to share brand new photos…

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Brett Young; Photo By Riker Brothers

Releasing ‘Lady’ Was An ‘Obvious Choice’ For Brett Young

Posted on June 8, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

“I hope it really resonates with people,” Young says.

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Grace Leer; Photo by ABC/Karen Neal

Grace Leer Reflects On Her ‘American Idol’ Journey and Shares What’s Next For Her

Posted on June 8, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Season 18 American Idol contestant Grace Leer immediately won over the hearts of country music fans everywhere with her show-stopping…

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Thomas Rhett; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images

Thomas Rhett Reveals He’s Written Nearly 40 Songs During Quarantine

Posted on June 8, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

With live shows off the table for the foreseeable future due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many artists are turning to…

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Chris Bandi; Photo by Matthew Berinato

Watch Chris Bandi Perform ‘Free’ During ‘The Backyard Sessions’ [Exclusive]

Posted on June 4, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Chris Bandi recently fulfilled a life-long dream with the release of his self-titled debut EP. Produced by Bandi alongside Ash…

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