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.

Maddie & Tae; Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for CMT

Maddie & Tae Announce Headlining Tourist In This Town Tour

Posted on January 14, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

After spending the majority of 2019 on the road with superstar Carrie Underwood, Maddie & Tae are ready to step…

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Tenille Townes; Photo by Jessica Steddom

Tenille Townes Readies ‘Road to the Lemonade Stand’ EP

Posted on January 14, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Tenille Townes just announced plans to release a six-song EP ahead of the release of her debut album. Dubbed the…

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Miranda Lambert; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Miranda Lambert To Honor First Responders On Wildcard Tour

Posted on January 14, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Miranda Lambert will take the time to honor local first responders throughout her upcoming Wildcard Tour. The superstar is asking…

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Chris Young Reveals Plans For His ‘Biggest’ Tour Yet

Posted on January 14, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

2020 is already shaping up to be another incredible year for Chris Young, who just announced his Town Ain’t Big…

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Brooks & Dunn Announce Reboot 2020 Tour

Posted on January 14, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Brooks & Dunn, the most successful duo in history, just revealed plans for their first nationwide tour in a decade….

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Lady Antebellum Notches 10th Career No.1 With ‘What If I Never Get Over You’

Posted on January 13, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Lady Antebellum is back at the top of the charts this week, this time with “What If I Never Get…

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‘This Is Us’ Star Chrissy Metz Signs With Universal Music Group Nashville

Posted on January 13, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Chrissy Metz is going from the small screen to country radio! The This Is Us star has signed a recording…

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Watch Riley Green Perform ‘I Wish Grandpas Never Died’ On NBC’s ‘Today’ Show

Posted on January 13, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Rising country star Riley Green returned to NBC’s Today show on Monday (Jan. 13) to perform his current Top 20…

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Tim McGraw; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Tim McGraw Announces Here On Earth Tour

Posted on January 13, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Tim McGraw surprised fans early Monday (Jan. 13) with the announcement of a massive 2020 tour. After teasing the tour…

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Martina McBride’s Mother Dies After Undergoing Emergency Heart Surgery

Posted on January 13, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Martina McBride took to Instagram over the weekend to share a touching tribute to her mother, Jeanne Schiff, who passed…

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