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.

Maddie & Tae; Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for CMT

Maddie & Tae Are Heading South of the Border For Summer Vacation

Posted on July 2, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

After wrapping their time on the first leg of Carrie Underwood’s Cry Pretty Tour 360, Maddie & Tae are looking…

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Tyler Hubbard, Hayley; Photo via Instagram

Inside Tyler Hubbard and Hayley Stommel’s Picture-Perfect Love Story

Posted on July 1, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard and his wife Hayley have the kind of relationship some people only dream about. What…

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Taylor Swift; Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia

Everything That’s Happened Since Taylor Swift Spoke Out About The Sale Of Big Machine Label Group

Posted on July 1, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

On Sunday (June 30), it was announced that artist manager Scooter Braun’s Ithaca Holdings had reached a deal to acquire…

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Caleb Lee Hutchinson

Caleb Lee Hutchinson Does An Interview While Playing With Puppies

Posted on July 1, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

Singer/songwriter Caleb Lee Hutchinson was a fan-favorite on season one of ABC’s American Idol reboot and now, he’s back with…

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Kenny Chesney Unveils Plans To Release New Single, ‘Tip of My Tongue’

Posted on July 1, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

Mark your calendars, Kenny Chesney fans! The superstar has new music on the way this month. After spending much of…

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Thomas Rhett and Family; Photos via Instagram

Thomas Rhett Reveals He Wants the ‘Most Gigantic Family’

Posted on June 28, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

Thomas Rhett is celebrating his 13th career No.1 single as “Look What God Gave Her” sits atop both the Billboard…

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Trisha Yearwood; Photo by Russ Harrington

Trisha Yearwood Shares ‘Every Girl’ Album Details

Posted on June 28, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

Following the history-making debut of her latest single, “Every Girl In This Town,” three-time Grammy winner Trisha Yearwood just released…

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Luke Bryan Debuts ‘Knockin’ Boots’ Music Video

Posted on June 28, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

Luke Bryan just released the music video for his latest single, “Knockin’ Boots,” and like the song, the video is…

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Granger Smith Recounts The Evening Of His Son’s Drowning: ‘I Was 15 Feet From The Gate’

Posted on June 27, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

Three weeks after the tragic and untimely death of his 3-year-old son, Granger Smith is opening up about the series…

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Darryl Worley’s Mother Passes Away

Posted on June 27, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

Our deepest sympathies go out to country singer Darryl Worley, who is mourning the loss of his mother, Bonnie Bess…

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