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.

Sam Hunt; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images

Why Sam Hunt ‘Stepped Back’ From the Spotlight

Posted on September 26, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

After releasing his massive hit “Body Like A Back Road” in 2017 and the follow-up, “Downtown’s Dead,” in 2018, Sam…

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Miranda Lambert; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Academy of Country Music

Miranda Lambert: ‘I’m Not a Social Media Person’

Posted on September 25, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

It’s safe to say Miranda Lambert has become accustomed to life in the spotlight. After launching her career on Nashville…

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Kelsea Ballerini; Photo Courtesy the Artist

Kelsea Ballerini Says Fans Can Expect ‘All The Things’ On Her New Album

Posted on September 25, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

After months of teasing new music, Kelsea Ballerini finally gave fans a taste of what she’s been working on in…

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Brantley Gilbert; Photo by Joseph Llanes

Brantley Gilbert Had His Daughter’s Name Picked Out Before He Was Married

Posted on September 25, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

Brantley Gilbert is now a proud father of two after he and his wife Amber welcomed a baby girl into…

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Dierks Bentley; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

10 Best Dierks Bentley Songs

Posted on September 25, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

Did your favorite Dierks Bentley tracks make the cut?

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Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Thomas Rhett & More Tribute Eric Church In Video Montage

Posted on September 25, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

Eric Church celebrated the success of his latest chart-topping hits, “Some Of It” and “Round Here Buzz,” on Tuesday (Sept….

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Josh Turner; Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Outback Concerts

Josh Turner Breaks Silence After Tragic Bus Crash: ‘Please Keep Praying’

Posted on September 24, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

Josh Turner is speaking out for the first time following a deadly tour bus crash that killed a member of…

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Florida Georgia Line; Photo by John Shearer

Florida Georgia Line Count Their ‘Blessings’ In New Single

Posted on September 24, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

Florida Georgia Line just released “Blessings” as the third single from their Can’t Say I Ain’t Country album and it…

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Loretta Lynn; Photo Courtesy Cracker Barrel

Loretta Lynn Receives Cracker Barrel Country Legend Award

Posted on September 24, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

Loretta Lynn was recently recognized for her contributions to country music and for “blazing a trail” for women in the…

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Kenny Chesney Announces Chillaxification 2020 Tour

Posted on September 24, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

Kenny Chesney just announced his Chillaxification 2020 tour and it’s one of his biggest and most diverse tours to date….

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