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.

Joei Fulco; Photo by: NBC

Blake Shelton Tells Joei Fulco She ‘Killed It’ After Her Cover of Bonnie Raitt’s ‘Runaway’ on ‘The Voice’

Posted on May 5, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

NBC’s The Voice returned on Monday evening (May 4) with the first round of live-to-tape, at-home performances. The Top 17 contestants,…

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Mandi Thomas; Photo by: NBC

Mandi Thomas Performs Lee Ann Womack’s ‘I Hope You Dance’ on ‘The Voice’

Posted on May 5, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

NBC’s The Voice returned on Monday evening (May 4) with the first round of live-to-tape, at-home performances. The Top 17…

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Dwight Yoakam and Emily Joyce; Photo by Britt Arnett

Dwight Yoakam Announces Marriage To Emily Joyce

Posted on May 4, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Surprise — Dwight Yoakam is a married man. The “Guitars, Cadillacs” singer revealed that he wed Emily Joyce, his girlfriend…

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Mitchell Tenpenny; Photo by Matthew Berinato

Mitchell Tenpenny Covers Lewis Capaldi’s ‘Someone You Loved’

Posted on May 4, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Mitchell Tenpenny is turning heads with his just-released cover of Lewis Capaldi’s chart-topping hit, “Someone You Loved.” After previewing the…

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Carrie Underwood, Randy Travis; Photo via YouTube

Remember When Carrie Underwood and Randy Travis Performed Together On ‘American Idol?’

Posted on May 4, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Carrie Underwood, one of the most successful American Idol winners of all time, returned to the show five years after…

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Dolly Parton; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images

Dolly Parton Named 2020 Tennessean of the Year by Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame

Posted on May 4, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

She’s no athlete, but that didn’t stop the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame from awarding Dolly Parton with the honor…

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Kane Brown, Chris Young; Photos by Andrew Wendowski

Kane Brown Teases New Chris Young Collab, ‘Famous Friends’

Posted on May 3, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Kane Brown and Chris Young are teaming up once again, this time on a song called “Famous Friends.” Brown shared…

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Miranda Lambert and Brendan McLoughlin Introduce ‘Family Member,’ Plan To Travel ‘All Over The Country’ Together

Posted on May 3, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Miranda Lambert and her husband Brendan McLoughlin will soon be “livin’ like hippies.” After spending several weeks at their farm…

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Lady Antebellum; Photo by Dove Shore, Bobby Bones; Photo by Taylor Kelly

Lady Antebellum Joins Bobby Bones on ‘Super Easy Trivia’

Posted on May 2, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

It’s “America’s Easiest Game Show.”

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Thomas Rhett and Family; Photo via Instagram

Kelly Clarkson Moved To Tears Over Thomas Rhett and Lauren Akins’ Adoption Story

Posted on May 1, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Thomas Rhett and his wife Lauren Akins recalled the moment they decided to adopt their daughter Willa Gray during an…

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