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.

Carrie Underwood; Photo by AP Images/ Ann-Sophie Fjello Jensen

Carrie Underwood Designs “Pretty and Functional’ Swimwear For New CALIA Collection

Posted on July 23, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

Carrie Underwood may be on a break from her massive Cry Pretty Tour 360, but she’s not completely off the…

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Billy Ray Cyrus and Lil Nas X; Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images for BET

‘Old Town Road’ Ties Record For Most Weeks Atop Billboard Hot 100 Chart

Posted on July 23, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

There’s no stopping “Old Town Road.” The viral sensation has now spent a whopping 16 weeks at the top of…

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Jason Aldean; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

PHOTOS: Jason Aldean Brings The Party On Ride All Night Tour

Posted on July 22, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

ACM Artist of the Decade Jason Aldean brought his 2019 Ride All Night Tour to the BB&T Pavilion in Camden,…

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Eric Church; Photo by Joe Pugliese

Eric Church’s ‘Some Of It’ Tops The Charts

Posted on July 22, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

Country superstar Eric Church is back at the top of both the Billboard and Mediabase country charts this week with…

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Garth Brooks, Blake Shelton; Photo via Instagram

Watch Garth Brooks and Blake Shelton Perform ‘Dive Bar’ For The First Time Ever

Posted on July 22, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

Country superstars Garth Brooks and Blake Shelton shared the stage to perform their duet, “Dive Bar,” for the first time…

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Billy Currington; Photo by Danielle Del Valle/Getty Images

Listen To Billy Currington’s Infectious New Single, ‘Details’

Posted on July 22, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

After a brief hiatus from country radio, Billy Currington is back with a new single and it’s an instant hit….

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Kip Moore; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images

Kip Moore Plots Two Tours

Posted on July 22, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

Kip Moore is a true road warrior. The country hitmaker will continue to live up to his reputation as one…

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Adam Hambrick and Family; Photo courtesy Adam Hambrick

Adam Hambrick and Wife Welcome Second Daughter, Heidi Celeste

Posted on July 21, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

And baby makes four! Rising country artist Adam Hambrick and his wife of 11 years, Merritt, welcomed their second daughter…

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Lunchbox, Lauren Alaina, Bobby Bones, Amy Brown, Jon Pardi; Photo Courtesy ABC

Bobby Bones, Jon Pardi and Lauren Alaina To Appear On ‘Celebrity Family Feud’ This Sunday

Posted on July 19, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

Drop everything you have planned for Sunday night because Bobby Bones is leading a team on ABC’s Celebrity Family Feud…

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Ryan Hurd; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Ryan Hurd Releases ‘Panorama’ EP

Posted on July 19, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

Ryan Hurd’s fans demanded new music, so that’s exactly what he gave them. Released Friday (July 19), Panorama is a…

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