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.

Chris Janson; Photo by Conner Dwyer

Chris Janson Is ‘Proud’ To Be The ‘Good Vibes’ Guy

Posted on February 13, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

After bringing the lively “Good Vibes” to the top of the charts, Chris Janson has lovingly become known as the…

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Reba McEntire on 'Young Sheldon'; Photo: by Bill Inoshita/CBS ©2020 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Reba Takes Fans Behind the Scenes Of ‘Young Sheldon’

Posted on February 13, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Reba McEntire will return to the small screen Thursday night (Feb. 13) with her much-anticipated guest appearance on the popular…

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Nicole Hocking, Luke Combs; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images

Luke Combs’ Fiancée Nicole Hocking Says ‘Yaaaasss’ To The Dress

Posted on February 12, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Luke Combs and his soon-to-be bride, Nicole Hocking, can check another item off of their wedding to-do list as Hocking…

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Paul English; Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images

Paul English, Willie Nelson’s Longtime Drummer, Dies

Posted on February 12, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Paul English, the longtime drummer for the legendary Willie Nelson, has died. He was 87 years old. Nelson’s publicist confirmed…

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Tim McGraw; Photo by Andrew Wendowski 2

Tim McGraw Exits Sony Music Nashville

Posted on February 12, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

After three years, Tim McGraw and Sony Music Nashville have parted ways, Billboard reports and Music Row confirms. The superstar…

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Luke Bryan To Support CHD Awareness At Nashville Predators Game

Posted on February 12, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Country superstar Luke Bryan is once again stepping up to raise awareness for Congenital Heart Defects (CHD) after losing his…

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Dierks Bentley, Thomas Rhett, Keith Urban; Photos by Andrew Wendowski

Dierks Bentley, Thomas Rhett and Keith Urban To Headline Watershed Festival 2020

Posted on February 12, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

The Watershed Music and Camping Festival is making its return for the ninth consecutive year in 2020 with headliners Dierks…

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Sugarland Reveals Plans For 2020 Tour

Posted on February 12, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Sugarland just revealed plans to return to the road this summer with the announcement of the There Goes The Neighborhood…

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Thomas Rhett and Lauren Akins; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for CMT/Viacom

Thomas Rhett and Wife Lauren Welcome Third Daughter

Posted on February 12, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

She’s here – Thomas Rhett and his wife Lauren Akins welcomed their third daughter Lennon Love Akins at 8:30 am…

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Keith Urban and Luke Combs; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

See Photos From Keith Urban’s All for the Hall 2020

Posted on February 11, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

The event raised $800,000 for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s education programs.

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