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.

Kenny Chesney; Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for iHeartMedia

Kenny Chesney Tributes Fans In Just-Released ‘We Do’ Music Video

Posted on May 7, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Kenny Chesney surprised fans with the release of a brand new music video for his Here and Now album opener,…

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Blake Shelton; Photo by: NBC

Blake Shelton Reveals Gwen Stefani Did His Hair and Makeup for ‘The Voice’

Posted on May 6, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

NBC’s The Voice returned this week with the first round of live-to-tape, at-home performances. The contestants, along with coaches Kelly…

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Jason Aldean and Family; Photo via Instagram

Jason Aldean’s Daughter’s Prom Was Cancelled — So He and Brittany Threw Her One At Home

Posted on May 6, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Like many high school juniors and seniors across the country, Jason Aldean‘s eldest daughter, Keeley, had to miss out on…

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George Strait

Watch George Strait Read a Children’s Book

Posted on May 6, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

George Strait is one of country music’s most celebrated entertainers, but who knew he was also a seasoned storybook reader?…

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Russell Dickerson; Photo by Spencer Combs

Russell Dickerson Takes the Country Now Pop Quiz

Posted on May 6, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Russell Dickerson’s latest single, “Love You Like I Used To,” continues to make an impact at radio. Co-written by Dickerson…

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Photo Courtesy Mitchell Tenpenny and Meghan Patrick

Mitchell Tenpenny and Meghan Patrick Reveal How They Met, Recall Their First Date & More

Posted on May 6, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Mitchell Tenpenny and Meghan Patrick shared how they met, dished on their first date, revealed who’s the better cook and…

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Thomas Rhett, Kane Brown; Photos by Andrew Wendowski

Thomas Rhett and Kane Brown Tease New Collaboration, ‘On Me,’ From ‘SCOOB!’ Soundtrack

Posted on May 5, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Kane Brown and Thomas Rhett are lending their voices to the soundtrack of the upcoming animated film, SCOOB! The superstars…

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Caroline Bryan, Luke Bryan; Photos via YouTube

Luke Bryan and Caroline Bryan Hold Nothing Back While Playing NSFW Game

Posted on May 5, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Luke Bryan and his wife Caroline made a special appearance on Controlled Chaos with Josh Wolf with viral sensation Chelcie…

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Miranda Lambert; Photo via Instagram

Miranda Lambert’s Tennessee Farm Sustains Extensive Storm Damage

Posted on May 5, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

After strong storms rolled through Middle Tennesee on Sunday and Monday, Miranda Lambert revealed that her farm, which lies outside…

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Tim McGraw; Photo by Andrew Wendowski 2

Tim McGraw Previews New Song ‘I Called Mama’ While Showcasing Personal Family Photos

Posted on May 5, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Tim McGraw’s long-awaited new single, “I Called Mama,” arrives this Friday (May 8), just in time for Mother’s Day. Ahead…

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