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.

Dillon James; Photo Courtesy of 'American Idol' on ABC

Dillon James Proves He’s a ‘World-Class Artist’ With Latest ‘American Idol’ Performance

Posted on April 26, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

https://youtu.be/Wk-NtKMhDDQ American Idol made history on Sunday night (April 26), returning for the first of many live shows broadcasting from the…

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Francisco Martin and Katy Perry; Photo Courtesy of 'American Idol' on ABC

Katy Perry Fans Are Freaking Out Over Francisco Martin’s ‘Teenage Dream’ Performance On ‘American Idol’

Posted on April 26, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

https://youtu.be/ZeeCvjRRgaI American Idol made history on Sunday night (April 26), returning for the first of many live shows broadcasting from the…

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Jovin Webb; Photo via YouTube

‘American Idol’s’ Jovin Webb Stops Luke Bryan In His Tracks With Joe Cocker Hit

Posted on April 26, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

American Idol made history on Sunday night (April 26), returning for the first of many live shows broadcasting from the…

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Terri Clark, Hot Country Knights

Hot Country Knights and Terri Clark Drop Steamy ‘You Make It Hard’ Video

Posted on April 24, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

With less than a week until the release of their debut album, The K Is Silent, country music’s most buzzed-about…

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Keith Urban Unveils Genre-Bending New Song, ‘Polaroid’

Posted on April 24, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

In advance of his forthcoming studio album, due this fall, Keith Urban is sharing more new music with fans with…

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Sam Hunt, Breland; Photo via YouTube

Breland Recruits Sam Hunt For ‘My Truck’ Remix

Posted on April 24, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Is ‘My Truck’ the next ‘Old Town Road?’

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Kane Brown, Katelyn Brown, Jason Aldean, Brittany Aldean, Luke Bryan, Caroline Bryan, Chuck Wicks, Kassi

Kane Brown, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan & Chuck Wicks Play ‘The Newlywed Challenge’ With Their Wives

Posted on April 23, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

A few of country music’s biggest stars and their wives recently joined Olympic Gold medalist Shawn Johnson East and her…

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Luke Combs; Photo by Andrew Wendowski, Garth Brooks; Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia

Fans Are Losing Their Minds Over Luke Combs’ Cover of This Garth Brooks Hit

Posted on April 23, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Luke Combs recently shared a snippet of himself covering one of Garth Brooks’ biggest hits and fans are loving it….

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Keith Urban, Polaroid; Photo via Instagram

Keith Urban Teases New Song, ‘Polaroid’

Posted on April 23, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Keith Urban shared a snippet of his new song, “Polaroid,” on social media Thursday morning (April 23), causing a frenzy…

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Cameron Duddy and Harper Smith; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images

Midland’s Cameron Duddy and Wife Harper Smith Welcome Second Child

Posted on April 23, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Midland singer Cameron Duddy and his wife, photographer Harper Smith, welcomed their second child into the world on Saturday (April…

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