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.

Jon Pardi and Girlfriend Dance The Night Away In ‘Heartache Medication’ Video

Posted on August 2, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

Jon Pardi recently told People that his new album is all about “pushing myself a bit more and trying something…

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Chris Stapleton, Sheryl Crow; Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Blackbird

Sheryl Crow Unveils Chris Stapleton Collaboration, ‘Tell Me When It’s Over’

Posted on August 2, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

Sheryl Crow is giving fans another taste of new music ahead of the upcoming release of her new album, Threads,…

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Riley Green; Photo by Connor Dwyer

Riley Green Releases Emotional New Song, ‘I Wish Grandpas Never Died’

Posted on August 2, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

Rising country star Riley Green continues to prove his staying power with the release of the emotional track “I Wish…

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Brantley Gilbert; Photo by Jeff Nelson

Brantley Gilbert’s New Album, ‘Fire & Brimstone,’ Arrives October 4

Posted on August 2, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

Brantley Gilbert will release his much-anticipated fifth studio album, Fire & Brimstone, on October 4. Announced Friday (August 2), the…

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Luke Combs; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Luke Combs Drops Playful New Track For ‘The Angry Birds Movie 2’

Posted on August 2, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

Country superstar and newest member of the Grand Ole Opry Luke Combs lends his voice to the soundtrack of the…

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Maren Morris; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Maren Morris Recalls Her Early Years: ‘I’ve Had A Lot Of Doors Shut On My Face’

Posted on August 1, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

Maren Morris is having an incredible week. Over the weekend, she shared the stage with one of her heroes and…

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Travis Denning; Publicity Photo

Travis Denning Picked Up The Guitar When He Was 11 And ‘Never Put It Down’

Posted on August 1, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

“At the core, I just want to have these songs that people can fall in love with and relate to,” he says.

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Dierks Bentley Adopts A Puppy From The Set Of The ‘Today Show’

Posted on August 1, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

Dierks Bentley paid a visit to NBC’s Today Show on Thursday (August 1) and he left with a puppy! Stopping…

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Luke Bryan; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

When Is CMA Fest 2020?

Posted on August 1, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

It’s time to start planning your trip to CMA Fest 2020. The annual event will take place in Nashville Thursday…

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Matt Stell; Photo by Matthew Berinato

Matt Stell Reflects On His Journey To Nashville

Posted on August 1, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

Newcomer Matt Stell wasted no time putting his stamp on the country music genre. His debut single, “Prayed For You,”…

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