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.

Kelsea Ballerini - Homecoming Queen

Kelsea Ballerini Gets Vulnerable In ‘homecoming queen?’

Posted on September 6, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

Kelsea Ballerini’s long-awaited new single, “homecoming queen?” is finally here and it does not disappoint. The Tennessee native previously shared…

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Tyler Hubbard; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Tyler Hubbard Is Feeling a ‘New Level’ Of Emotion as a Father of Two

Posted on September 5, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

Two weeks after the birth of their second child, a baby boy named Luca Reed, Tyler Hubbard and his wife…

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Maren Morris

Maren Morris Recalls ‘Traumatic’ ‘American Idol’ Audition

Posted on September 5, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

Maren Morris is undoubtedly one of the hottest artists in country music right now. With a recent chart-topping single, a…

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Kylie Rae Harris; Photo via Facebook

Texas Country Singer Kylie Rae Harris Dies In Tragic Car Crash

Posted on September 5, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

Texas country singer Kylie Rae Harris has died, Billboard confirms. The singer/songwriter lost her life in a crash involving three…

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Miranda Lambert; Photo by Ellen Von Unwerth

Miranda Lambert Celebrates All the Good Things Life Has To Offer In ‘Pretty Bitchin”

Posted on September 5, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

Miranda Lambert is living the good life and she’s celebrating all that it has to offer in her new song,…

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Bobby Bones and Stanley; Photo by Osprey Media

Bobby Bones Answers Interview Questions While Playing With His Puppy Stanley

Posted on September 5, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

Bobby Bones, host of the nationally syndicated The Bobby Bones Show and returning American Idol in-house mentor, recently stopped by…

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Dolly Parton; Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for The Recording Academy

Dolly Parton Talks Retirement, Plastic Surgery In New Interview

Posted on September 4, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

Dolly Parton may be 73 years old, but that doesn’t mean she has plans to retire any time soon, if…

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Randy Travis; Photo Courtesy the Artist

Randy Travis Announces The Music Of Randy Travis Tour

Posted on September 4, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

Country Music Hall of Fame Member Randy Travis hosted a special press conference in Nashville on Wednesday to announce exciting…

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Caylee Hammack; Photo Courtesy the Artist

Caylee Hammack Takes Heartbreak In Stride In ‘Preciatcha’

Posted on September 4, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

Rising country star Caylee Hammack channels a piece of advice she once received from her mother in her new song…

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Carrie Underwood; Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for CMT

Carrie Underwood To Share Wellness Tips, Detail Her Health and Fitness Journey In New Book

Posted on September 4, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

Carrie Underwood will soon be adding a new title to her already impressive résumé – Author! The current CMA Entertainer…

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