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.

Kelly Clarkson; Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Global Citizen

Kelly Clarkson Puts Her Own Spin On Dan + Shay’s ‘Tequila’

Posted on April 7, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

https://youtu.be/GxXWKsX_mtw Kelly Clarkson covered Dan + Shay’s mega-hit “Tequila” on her popular “Kellyoke” segment in a pre-taped episode of The…

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Jordan Davis; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Jordan Davis Notches Third Consecutive No.1 Single With ‘Slow Dance in a Parking Lot’

Posted on April 7, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Jordan Davis is back at the top of the charts this week, this time with his latest single, “Slow Dance…

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Luke Combs, Eric Church; Photos by Andrew Wendowski

Luke Combs and Eric Church Enlist Fans’ Help In Social Media-Inspired ‘Does To Me’ Video

Posted on April 6, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Luke Combs and Eric Church just released the music video for their collaborative hit, “Does To Me,” and it’s all…

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Shania Twain’s Horse Steals The Show During ‘ACM Presents: Our Country’

Posted on April 6, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Shania Twain took part in the two-hour ACM Presents: Our Country special on Sunday and welcomed a very special guest…

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Watch Carly Pearce and Lee Brice Perform ‘I Hope You’re Happy Now’ on ‘Our Country’ Pre-Show

Posted on April 6, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Carly Parce and Lee Brice delivered a memorable performance of their Top 15 and climbing duet, “I Hope You’re Happy…

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Lady Antebellum; Photo Courtesy of CBS/ACM Presents: Our Country

Lady Antebellum Joined By Adorable Special Guests During ‘What I’m Leaving For’ Performance

Posted on April 6, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

https://youtu.be/czTKw-YjnVE Lady Antebellum’s latest single, “What I’m Leaving For,” took on a whole new meaning on Sunday when the trio…

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Luke Combs; Photo Courtesy of CBS/ACM Presents: Our Country

Luke Combs Performs ‘Beautiful Crazy’ On ‘ACM Presents: Our Country’

Posted on April 5, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Current ACM Entertainer of the Year nominee Luke Combs brought his smash hit “Beautiful Crazy” to living rooms around the…

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Eric Church; Photo Courtesy of CBS/ACM Presents: Our Country

Eric Church Delivers Hopeful Message With New Song, ‘Never Break Heart’

Posted on April 5, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Current ACM Entertainer of the Year nominee Eric Church debuted a brand new song, “Never Break Heart,” on the star-studded…

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Jon Pardi and Summer Duncan; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images

Jon Pardi and Fiancée Postpone Wedding

Posted on April 4, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

When planning large weddings, couples are often told to expect the unexpected, however, it’s safe to say a global pandemic…

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Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood; Photo courtesy Horse of Troy Productions, Inc

Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood Special To Rebroadcast On CBS

Posted on April 3, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Earlier this week, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood went live from their home recording studio, Studio G, to entertain fans…

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