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.

Florida Georgia Line; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Florida Georgia Line Shares Acoustic Version Of ‘I Love My Country’

Posted on April 29, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Florida Georgia Line just released a stripped-down, acoustic version of their brand new single, “I Love My Country.” The new…

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Blake Shelton, Willie Nelson, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw and Keith Urban; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images

Remember When Willie Nelson, Keith Urban, Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw & More Performed Together at the CMA Awards?

Posted on April 29, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

In 2012, the legendary Willie Nelson was honored at the 46th Annual CMA Awards with the first-ever Willie Nelson Lifetime…

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Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban; Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Nicole Kidman Reveals Her Nickname For Keith Urban

Posted on April 29, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

After nearly 14 years of marriage, Nicole Kidman just revealed her nickname for Keith Urban and it’s something fans would…

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Ingrid Andress; Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Billboard

Ingrid Andress Celebrates ‘Extra Special’ No.1 Single

Posted on April 28, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

When Ingrid Andress hit the country music scene with her debut single, “More Hearts Than Mine,” it was clear that…

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Luke Combs and Nicole Hocking; Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for CMT

Luke Combs and Nicole Hocking’s Wedding Is Still ‘On Track’ — For Now

Posted on April 28, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing many couples to put the brakes on their wedding plans, however, Luke Combs recently revealed…

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Remember When Laine Hardy and Laci Kaye Booth Performed a Johnny Cash Hit On ‘American Idol?’

Posted on April 28, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

It was exactly one year ago when Laine Hardy and Laci Kaye Booth joined forces on American Idol for an…

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Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood To Perform at the Grand Ole Opry This Saturday

Posted on April 28, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood will step in to the iconic circle at the Grand Ole Opry House on Saturday…

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Walker Montgomery Takes the Country Now Pop Quiz

Posted on April 28, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

As the son of John Michael Montgomery and the nephew of Montgomery Gentry’s Eddie Montgomery, you could say country music…

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Blake Shelton’s Latest No.1 Is His ‘Most Special’ Yet — Thanks To Gwen Stefani 

Posted on April 27, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

A No.1 single on the country radio charts is nothing new to Blake Shelton, but his latest chart-topper is extra…

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2020 ACM Awards Relocate To Nashville

Posted on April 27, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

The star-studded Academy of Country Music Awards will take place in Nashville for the first time in history. The Academy…

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