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.

Luke Combs; Photo Courtesy Facebook

Luke Combs Goes ‘On the Record’ To Officially Accept Opry Invitation

Posted on June 12, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

On Tuesday evening, Luke Combs received the invitation of a lifetime when he was asked to become the newest member…

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Tyler Rich; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Tyler Rich’s ‘Leave Her Wild’ Is a Fan Favorite

Posted on June 12, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

When it was time for Tyler Rich to pick a follow up single to his debut hit “The Difference,” he…

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Riley Green; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Riley Green Calls the Invitation To Join the Brad Paisley Tour a ‘Big Honor’

Posted on June 12, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

Rising country star Riley Green burst onto the scene in 2018 with his debut smash “There Was This Girl.” The…

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Luke Combs Opry Invitation; Photo by Chris Hollo/Grand Ole Opry

Luke Combs Overcome With Emotion When Invited To Become A Member of the Grand Ole Opry

Posted on June 11, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

Luke Combs is going to be the next member of the Grand Ole Opry. On Tuesday evening (June 11), when…

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Kelsea Ballerini; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Kelsea Ballerini Earns Fifth Country Radio Chart-Topper

Posted on June 11, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

Fresh off her fiery performance on last week’s CMT Music Awards, country queen Kelsea Ballerini is celebrating her fifth country…

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Luke Bryan, Maren Morris; Photos by Andrew Wendowski

See Pics of Luke Bryan, Maren Morris & More From CMA Fest Night Four

Posted on June 10, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

Just like that – CMA Fest 2019 came to a close with a final night of star-studded performances at Nissan…

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Randy Houser and Wife; Photo via Instagram

Randy Houser and Wife Tatiana Welcome Baby Boy

Posted on June 10, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

Congratulations are in order for Randy Houser and his wife Tatiana! The couple welcomed a baby boy into the world…

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Brett Young; Photo by Steven Alan Worster

Brett Young Headlines Sold-Out Show at Ascend Amphitheater During CMA Fest

Posted on June 10, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

Country hitmaker Brett Young made history on Friday (June 7) when he headlined the first-ever sold-out show at the Firestone…

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Mitchell Tenpenny, Caylee Hammack

Mitchell Tenpenny, Caylee Hammack & More Play The Song Association Game

Posted on June 10, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

Country Now had the chance to catch up with Mitchell Tenpenny, Caylee Hammack, Jillian Jacqueline, Bailey Bryan and Adam Hambrick…

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Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert; Photos by Andrew Wendowski

See Pics of Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert & More From CMA Fest Night Three

Posted on June 9, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

There was no shortage of superstars on the Saturday night lineup of CMA Fest. The evening’s show was headlined by…

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