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.

Jon Langston; Photo by Eric Brown

Jon Langston Drowns His Heartache In ‘Drinks’

Posted on February 11, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Jon Langston is satisfying fans’ desire for new music with the release of a new song called “Drinks.” The tune…

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Bobby Bones & The Raging Idiots The Mavis Malarkey Show

WATCH: Bobby Bones & The Raging Idiots Visit ‘The Mavis Malarkey Show’

Posted on February 10, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Is this the most awkward interview ever?

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Kane Brown; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Kane Brown Teases His Next Single

Posted on February 10, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

As Kane Brown’s latest single, “Homesick,” nears the top of the charts, the superstar took to social media to tease…

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Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line; Photo by John Shearer

Jason Aldean & Florida Georgia Line Launch Wolf Moon Bourbon

Posted on February 10, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Jason Aldean and the guys of Florida Georgia Line have collaborated on stage and in the studio for several years…

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Gabby Barrett and Cade Foehner; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images, Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton; Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for The Recording Academy

Gabby Barrett and Cade Foehner Cover Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani’s ‘Nobody But You’

Posted on February 7, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Newlyweds Gabby Barrett and Cade Foehner just shared a cover of Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani’s “Nobody But You” and…

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Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood; Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images

Trisha Yearwood Made Garth Brooks a German Chocolate Cake For His Birthday

Posted on February 7, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Garth Brooks celebrated his 58th birthday on Friday (Feb. 7) and his wife, country songstress and Food Network star, Trisha…

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Shania Twain; Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for The Recording Academy

Shania Twain Celebrates the 25th Anniversary Of ‘The Woman In Me’

Posted on February 7, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Shania Twain’s iconic The Woman In Me album turned 25 on Friday (Feb. 7) and the superstar took to social…

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Devin Dawson, HARDY, Lauren Alaina

HARDY Drops Cinematic Video For ‘One Beer’ Featuring Lauren Alaina and Devin Dawson

Posted on February 7, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

HARDY just released a music video for his catchy new single, “One Beer,” and it’s surprisingly dramatic. The cinematic clip…

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Maren Morris; Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images

Maren Morris Reveals Her Biggest Pregnancy Cravings

Posted on February 7, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

In just a few short weeks, Maren Morris and her husband Ryan Hurd will welcome a baby boy into the…

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Sam Hunt; Photo Courtesy MCA Nashville

Traditional Meets Modern In Sam Hunt’s ‘Hard To Forget’

Posted on February 7, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Just days after announcing his much-anticipated new album, Southside, Sam Hunt dropped “Hard To Forget,” a new tune that boasts…

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