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.

Thomas Rhett; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images

Thomas Rhett Shifts Center Point Road Tour To 2021

Posted on May 19, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Thomas Rhett joins the growing list of artists either postponing or cancelling tours this week, as the superstar just revealed…

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Reba McEntire; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images

Reba McEntire’s Arena Tour Moves To 2021

Posted on May 19, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Reba McEntire’s long-awaited arena tour has been moved to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The tour was originally slated…

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Lady Antebellum; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for CMT/Viacom

Lady Antebellum Cancels Ocean 2020 Tour

Posted on May 19, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Lady Antebellum’s Ocean 2020 Tour will no longer take place. The headlining run was scheduled to launch this summer and…

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Miranda Lambert and Brendan McLoughlin; Photos via Instagram

Miranda Lambert Says Brendan McLoughlin Is the “Best Navigator’ On 1,000 Mile Camping Trip

Posted on May 19, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Miranda Lambert and her husband Brendan McLoughlin are making the most of the quarantine life by traveling the country while…

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Todd Tilghman Stuns With ‘I Can Only Imagine’ On ‘The Voice’ Finale

Posted on May 18, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

NBC’s The Voice returned on Monday evening (May 18) with the first of a two-night season finale and Team Blake’s…

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Morgan Wallen; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Morgan Wallen Scores Third Consecutive No.1 With ‘Chasin’ You’

Posted on May 18, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Morgan Wallen is back at the top of the charts this week, this time with his latest hit single, “Chasin’…

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Thomas Rhett's Daughter, Ada James, Jason Aldean's son, Memphis

Thomas Rhett’s Daughter and Jason Aldean’s Son Do The ‘Toddler Challenge’

Posted on May 18, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Thomas Rhett’s middle daughter, Ada James, and Jason Aldean’s only son, Memphis, are the latest children to take part in…

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Remember When George Strait and Eric Church Teamed Up To Sing ‘Cowboys Like Us?’

Posted on May 18, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

https://youtu.be/nta_WIPpNWY In 2014, George Strait invited several of country music’s hottest stars to join him at AT&T Stadium in Arlington,…

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Laci Kaye Booth; Photo by ABC/Karen Neal

Former ‘American Idol’ Finalist Laci Kaye Booth Signs Major Record Deal

Posted on May 17, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Fan-favorite American Idol contestant Laci Kaye Booth has found a label home with 19 Recordings/ Big Machine Label Group. The…

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Laine Hardy; Photo via Instagram

Laine Hardy Shares Hilarious Outtake From ‘American Idol’ Finale

Posted on May 17, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Laine Hardy returned to American Idol on Sunday (March 17) to take part in this season’s star-studded finale. The Louisiana…

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