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.

Maren Morris, Ryan Hurd; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images

Pregnant Maren Morris Predicts She Will Be the ‘Rule-Setter’ and Ryan Hurd Will Be the ‘Fun One’

Posted on January 29, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Maren Morris and her husband, fellow singer/songwriter Ryan Hurd, are counting down the days until March when their baby boy…

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Little Big Town Lands At No.1 With ‘Nightfall’

Posted on January 29, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Little Big Town has a lot to celebrate this week as their latest album, Nightfall, debuted at the top of…

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Sam Hunt Ready For ‘Exciting’ Super Bowl Matchup

Posted on January 29, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

One of the biggest sporting events in the world, Super Bowl LIV, is just days away and one country star…

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Hot Country Knights on The Bobby Bones Show

Watch Hot Country Knights Pay Tribute To Shania Twain, Reba McEntire & More

Posted on January 29, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

The guys of Hot Country Knights made their debut on the Bobby Bones Show on Wednesday morning (Jan. 29) and…

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Luke Bryan; Photo by Ethan Helms

See Photos From Luke Bryan’s Crash My Playa 2020

Posted on January 29, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Luke Bryan is back in the states after jetting to Mexico with a few of his buddies and thousands of…

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Chris Stapleton’s All-American Road Show Returns For 2020

Posted on January 29, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Country superstar Chris Stapleton is bringing back his All-American Road Show in 2020. The five-time Grammy winner will return to…

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Florida Georgia Line; Photo by Andrew Wendowski, Kenny Chesney; Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images for CMT

Touring With Kenny Chesney Is a ‘Bucket List Moment’ For Florida Georgia Line

Posted on January 28, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

In just a few short months, Florida Georgia Line will join Kenny Chesney on what is undoubtedly one of this…

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Dan + Shay’s ‘10,000 Hours’ Claims Top Spot On Multiple Charts – Again!

Posted on January 28, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

It’s been a pretty incredible week for Dan + Shay. The duo not only took home their second consecutive Grammy…

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Tyler Farr; Photo Courtesy Broken Bow Records/Night Train Records

Tyler Farr Returns With Jason Aldean-Produced ‘Only Truck In Town’

Posted on January 28, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

Tyler Farr, who is known for hits like “Redneck Crazy” and “A Guy Walks Into a Bar,” is back with…

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Chase Rice; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Chase Rice Not Happy After ‘Over the Top’ ‘Bachelor’ Drama

Posted on January 27, 2020

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Lauren Jo Black

File this one under the most awkward date in ‘The Bachelor’ history.

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