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.

Jason Aldean; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Jason Aldean Announces Three-Night Vegas Stint

Posted on August 19, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

Jason Aldean is heading to Sin City for a three-night stint this December. Launching December 6 and running through December…

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Carrie Underwood; Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images for CMT, Reba McEntire; Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images, Dolly Parton; Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for The Recording Academy

Carrie Underwood To Host the CMA Awards with Special Guest Hosts Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton

Posted on August 19, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley’s 11-year reign as CMA Awards co-hosts is over. On Monday (Aug. 19) the Country Music…

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Canaan Smith; Photo by CAL & ALY

Canaan Smith Signs With Florida Georgia Line’s Newly-Formed Round Here Records

Posted on August 16, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

Canaan Smith is back in a BIG way. The platinum-selling singer/songwriter is the first artist signed to the just-announced label,…

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Taylor Swift; Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia, Dixie Chicks; Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Taylor Swift Confirms Dixie Chicks Collaboration On New ‘Lover’ Album

Posted on August 16, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

It’s official – the Dixie Chicks will appear on Taylor Swift’s much anticipated new album, Lover. Swift shared the news…

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Kip Moore Releases Stunning Live Performance Video For ‘She’s Mine’

Posted on August 16, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

Kip Moore is bringing his brand new single “She’s Mine” to life with the release of a live performance video….

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Diplo; Photo via Instagram, Morgan Wallen; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Diplo Releases Morgan Wallen Collaboration, Announces Country EP

Posted on August 16, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

DJ/songwriter/producer Diplo just released a new collaboration with chart-topping country star Morgan Wallen. Dubbed “Heartless,” the new track features Diplo…

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Morgan Evans; Photo Courtesy Warner Music Nashville

Morgan Evans Shot His ‘Day Drunk’ Music Video In Reverse

Posted on August 16, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

“We shot this video in reverse which was way harder, and way more complicated, than any of us expected.”

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Blake Shelton, Trace Adkins; Photo by Joshua Blanchard/Getty Images for Forrest Film

Listen To Blake Shelton and Trace Adkins’ ‘Hell Right’

Posted on August 16, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

Blake Shelton and Trace Adkins have done it again! The longtime friends’ new collaboration, “Hell Right,” is here and it’s…

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Maren Morris Shares Footage From Her Hawaiian Vacation With Ryan Hurd In ‘The Bones’ Music Video

Posted on August 15, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

After taking “Girl” to the top of the charts, Maren Morris is back at country radio with “The Bones,” the…

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Miranda Lambert Readies New Album, ‘Wildcard’

Posted on August 15, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

After debuting several new tracks from her highly anticipated new album over the course of the past few weeks, Miranda…

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