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.

Old Dominion; Photo by Mason Allen

Old Dominion Unveil New Tour With Dustin Lynch and Carly Pearce

Posted on January 16, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Two-time ACM and CMA Group of the Year, Old Dominion, just revealed plans for the U.S. leg of their We…

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Jessie James Decker Signs New Record Deal

Posted on January 16, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Jessie James Decker was all smiles on Wednesday (Jan. 15) as she announced the signing of her new record deal….

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Luke Bryan; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Luke Bryan Announces New Album, 2020 Tour

Posted on January 16, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Luke Bryan just surprised fans with the announcement of a new album and 2020 tour. The superstar revealed the news…

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“It’s really hard to pinpoint. A numbers game in the library of music. The number of songs by males outnumber females (that’s the total library, new music and gold). But manually adding Taylor, Maren Morris, and Kelsea is happening. I did not say we are not ADDING female songs.”

Reba McEntire Lands Guest-Starring Role On ‘Young Sheldon’

Posted on January 16, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Reba McEntire is headed back to the small screen! The country legend landed a guest-starring role in the CBS sitcom,…

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Kelsea Ballerini Shares Disappointment After Country Radio Station Admits They ‘Cannot Play Two Females Back To Back’

Posted on January 16, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Kelsea Ballerini is taking a stand for herself and her peers after a country radio station admitted programmers at the…

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Kane Brown and Wife Get New Tattoos In Honor Of Their Daughter

Posted on January 15, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Kane Brown and his wife Katelyn recently got some new ink in honor of their 11-week old daughter, Kingsley Rose….

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Eli Young Band Reveal 2020 Tour Dates

Posted on January 15, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

The members of the Eli Young Band are ready to take on 2020 with the announcement of a new tour….

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Josh Gracin and Wife Welcome Baby Boy

Posted on January 15, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Josh Gracin is now a proud father of five. The American Idol alum and his wife Katie welcomed a baby…

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Bobby Bones Takes Us Backstage at the Million Dollar Show

Posted on January 15, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

On Monday (Jan. 13), fans packed into Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium for the 5th Annual Bobby Bones & The Raging…

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Jason Aldean Extends 2020 We Back Tour

Posted on January 15, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Ahead of the January 30 launch of his 2020 We Back Tour, country superstar Jason Aldean has announced an extension…

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