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.

Joe Don Rooney of Rascal Flatts and Tiffany Fallon; Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images

Joe Don Rooney and Tiffany Fallon Were ‘Attached at the Hip’ From the Moment They Met

Posted on April 23, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Rascal Flatts’ Joe Don Rooney and his wife Tiffany Fallon have the sweetest love story and they have Rooney’s bandmate,…

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Kane Brown; Photo by Matthew Berinato

Listen To Kane Brown’s New Single, ‘Cool Again’

Posted on April 23, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

“Cool Again” has the potential to be Brown’s biggest hit yet.

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‘American Idol’ Garbage Man Doug Kiker Covers Brett Young and Chris Stapleton

Posted on April 22, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Doug Kiker, a garbage man from Alabama, won over the hearts of millions on American Idol when he brought Katy…

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Riley Green; Photo by Ryan Smith

Riley Green Leans On His Faith In New Song, ‘Better Than Me’

Posted on April 22, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

The reflective track was inspired by the current global pandemic.

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Dixie Chicks Gaslighter

Dixie Chicks Postpone Release of ‘Gaslighter’ Indefinitely

Posted on April 22, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Fans have waited 14 years for a new album from the Dixie Chicks and now it appears they’re going to…

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Brett Eldredge Debuts New Single ‘Gabrielle’ On ‘The Late Show’

Posted on April 22, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

https://youtu.be/lIp-XoMfnA0 Brett Eldredge made an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Monday for the television debut of…

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Charles Esten; Photo Courtesy 'Outer Banks'

‘Nashville’s’ Charles Esten Stars In Your New Netflix Obsession – ‘Outer Banks’

Posted on April 22, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

If you stumbled across the trailer for the new Netflix series Outer Banks and thought you may have seen a…

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LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian; Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images

Look Back On LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian’s Love Story

Posted on April 22, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian’s relationship started out with quite the scandal. After meeting on the set of the Lifetime…

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Sam Hunt; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images

Sam Hunt’s ‘Southside’ Album Cover Happened Completely By Accident

Posted on April 21, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Sam Hunt recently shared the story behind his Southside album cover, revealing that it happened one Sunday entirely by accident….

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Jo Dee Messina; Photo by Andrew Wendowski 2

Jo Dee Messina Mourns the Loss of her Beloved Mother, Mary

Posted on April 21, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Jo Dee Messina is mourning the loss of her mother, Mary Messina. The country singer took to Instagram on Sunday…

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