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.

Runaway June; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Runaway June’s Hannah Mulholland Departs the Trio

Posted on May 14, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Country music trio Runaway June is now a duo after member Hannah Mulholland announced that she is leaving the band….

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Luke Bryan; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Luke Bryan Surprises Nurse Working on the Front Lines

Posted on May 14, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Chart-topping country star and American Idol judge Luke Bryan recently took time out fo his day to surprise a Memphis-based…

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Travis Denning; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Travis Denning Defends His Love For White Claw, Covers Miranda Lambert On ‘The Bobby Bones Show’

Posted on May 14, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Travis Denning made an appearance on The Bobby Bones Show this morning, ahead of the release of his Beer’s Better…

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George Strait; Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Essential Broadcast Media

George Strait Reschedules Minneapolis & South Bend Stadium Shows

Posted on May 14, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

After being forced to postpone his upcoming stadium shows in South Bend, Indiana and Minneapolis, Minnesota, George Strait has revealed…

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Blake Shelton Jokes He’s Been ‘Naked from the Waist Down’ While Filming ‘The Voice’ At Home

Posted on May 14, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Blake Shelton is letting it all hang out while filming The Voice at his Oklahoma ranch. During a virtual press…

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Tim McGraw Admits He and Faith Hill Both Cried When He First Played Her ‘I Called Mama’

Posted on May 13, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Tim McGraw’s new single, “I Called Mama,” is bringing many fans to tears and according to the superstar, his biggest…

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Luke Combs Performs ‘Six Feet Apart’ On ‘Good Morning America’

Posted on May 13, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Luke Combs made an appearance on ABC’s Good Morning America on Tuesday (May 12) to perform “Six Feet Apart,” the…

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Photo Courtesy Garth Brooks

Garth Brooks Releases Two New Songs From Forthcoming Album, ‘FUN!’

Posted on May 13, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

When a Garth Brooks fan asked the superstar to release new music ahead of his next album release, that’s exactly…

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Dan Smyers and Abby Law Smyers; Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Warner Music

Dan Smyers and Abby Law First Bonded Over Their Love For Rescue Animals

Posted on May 13, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Dan + Shay’s Dan Smyers and his wife Abby Law first bonded over their love for animals. The pair realized…

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Thomas Rhett, Jon Pardi; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images

Thomas Rhett and Jon Pardi Reach No.1 With ‘Beer Can’t Fix’

Posted on May 12, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Thomas Rhett and Jon Pardi’s carefree summertime anthem, “Beer Can’t Fix” is sitting atop both the Mediabase/Country Airplay and Billboard…

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