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.

Lady Antebellum; Photo Courtesy of BMLG Records

Lady Antebellum Sends Summertime Anthem ‘Champagne Night’ To Country Radio

Posted on April 20, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

After the overwhelming response to the release of the song “Champagne Night” following the season two premiere of NBC’s Songland,…

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Gabby Barrett; Photo by Robby Klein

Gabby Barrett On Her First No.1 Single: ‘I Can’t Believe This Is Happening’

Posted on April 20, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Gabby Barrett is celebrating a career first this week as her debut single, “I Hope,” tops both the Billboard and…

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Luke Combs; Photo by Jim Wright

Luke Combs Is ‘Living the Redneck Dream’ While Social Distancing

Posted on April 20, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Luke Combs is doing his best to make the most of his time in self-quarantine. The superstar, who was on…

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Lauren Mascitti, Grace Leer: Photo by ABC/Karen Neal

Grace Leer and Lauren Mascitti: Who Made the ‘American Idol’ Top 20?

Posted on April 20, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Did viewers make the right choice?

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Ryan Hurd; Photo by Alex Ferrari

Ryan Hurd Debuts Nostalgia-Filled New Single, ‘Every Other Memory’

Posted on April 20, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

After turning heads with a cover of Taylor Swift’s “False God,” Ryan Hurd is giving fans a taste of new…

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Halsey and Kelsea Ballerini; Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for iHeartMedia

Kelsea Ballerini and Halsey Question Who’s ‘The Other Girl’ In New Single

Posted on April 20, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Kelsea Ballerini is sending “The Other Girl,” her collaboration with pop star Halsey, to country radio. Featured on her self-titled…

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Sam Hunt and Hannah Lee Fowler; Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT

Amid the Toilet Paper Shortage, Sam Hunt’s Wife Ordered a Bidet — But He Sent It Back

Posted on April 20, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

With toilet paper still out of stock at most stores, Sam Hunt’s wife Hannah thought she’d found a solution when…

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Gabby Barrett Jokes She Got ‘Two For One’ On ‘American Idol’

Posted on April 19, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Gabby Barrett may not have been crowned the winner of American Idol, but the show launched her career and her…

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Luke Bryan, Francisco Martin; American Idol

Luke Bryan Sings Along With Francisco Martin In Unseen ‘American Idol’ Audition

Posted on April 19, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

https://youtu.be/IHYvW479HtY In an unprecedented move, American Idol is preparing to air the remainder of the current season with at-home shows…

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Kacey Musgraves; Photo Courtesy 'One World: Together At Home'

Kacey Musgraves Sends Message Of Hope With ‘Rainbow’ Performance On ‘One World’ Special

Posted on April 19, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Kacey Musgraves offered fans a glimmer of hope with a performance of her uplifting song, “Rainbow,” during the star-studded One World:…

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