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.

Thomas Rhett; Photo Courtesy of ABC/Disney Family Singalong

Thomas Rhett Sings ‘Do You Want to Build a Snowman?’ With Willa Gray and Ada James

Posted on April 16, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Country superstar and father of three Thomas Rhett joined in on the fun during ABC’s one-hour special, The Disney Family…

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Watch Little Big Town Perform ‘A Spoonful of Sugar’ With Their Kids On ‘The Disney Family Singalong’

Posted on April 16, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Little Big Town made an appearance on ABC’s The Disney Family Singalong on Thursday (April 16), singing “A Spoonful of…

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Kane Brown; Photo by Andrew Wendowski (4)

Here’s How Kane Brown Is Staying Busy At Home

Posted on April 16, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Like most of us, Kane Brown is practicing social distancing in an effort to “flatten the curve” in the midst…

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Tucker Beathard Shares ‘Raw and Real’ Music Video For ‘You Would Think’

Posted on April 16, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Tucker Beathard recently released the music video for his new single, “You Would Think,” and the emotional clip will stop…

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Brad Paisley, Kimberly Williams Paisley; Photos via Instagram

Brad Paisley Colors Kimberly Williams Paisley’s Hair In Hilarious New Video

Posted on April 16, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Desperate times call for desperate measures and with salons across the state of Tennessee closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic,…

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Sam Hunt; Photo Courtesy MCA Nashville

Sam Hunt Debuts ‘Young Once’ Music Video

Posted on April 16, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Sam Hunt just debuted a cinematic music video for the song “Young Once” from his brand new album, Southside. The…

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Ryan Hurd; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images, Taylor Swift; Photo by Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

Ryan Hurd’s ‘False God’ Cover Is Taylor Swift-Approved

Posted on April 16, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Ryan Hurd is turning heads with his cover of Taylor Swift’s “False God.” The singer/songwriter recently debuted a live music…

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Parker McCollum’s Late Grandfather Inspired Him To Cut ‘Like a Cowboy’

Posted on April 16, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Parker McCollum may not have had a hand in writing his brand new song “Like a Cowboy,” but that doesn’t…

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Concert Crowd; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Ticketmaster Responds To Backlash After Refund Policy Change

Posted on April 15, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

It’s no secret that the coronavirus pandemic has hit the live event industry hard. Thousands of concerts, music festivals and…

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Lady Antebellum; Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC

Hear Lady Antebellum’s ‘Champagne Night’ From ‘Songland’

Posted on April 15, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Lady Antebellum made an appearance on the season two premiere of NBC’s Songland where the seven-time Grammy-winning trio selected the…

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