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.

Pistol Annies, Lindsay Ell, Maren Morris, Miranda Lambert, Cassadee Pope, Lauren Alaina

Miranda Lambert Celebrates Women In Country With All-Star Sing-Along

Posted on June 24, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

Friday night was girls’ night out at Country Lakeshake in Chicago where superstar Miranda Lambert headlined an all-female lineup that…

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Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher; Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for CMT

Carrie Underwood Shares Hilarious Clip of Son Jacob Crying At Mike Fisher’s Singing

Posted on June 24, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

Carrie Underwood recently shared a hilarious video of her 5-month-old son Jacob and it has caught the attention of millions….

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Brett Young; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Brett Young To Release Acoustic EP This Fall

Posted on June 24, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

Country hitmaker Brett Young just announced plans to release a new EP this fall. Dropping September 13, The Acoustic Sessions…

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Jon Pardi; Photo by Jim Wright

Jon Pardi’s ‘Ain’t Always The Cowboy’ Is Pure Country Gold

Posted on June 21, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

As the anticipation for the September 27 release of Jon Pardi’s new album, Heartache Medication, continues to build, the California native…

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Marshmello, Kane Brown; Photo by Daniel Malikyar

Kane Brown and Marshmello’s ‘One Thing Right’ Is A Tribute To Brown’s Wife

Posted on June 21, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

The wait for the Kane Brown and Marshmello collaboration is over. Available everywhere now, “One Thing Right” pairs the superstars…

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Photo by DavidMcClister

Country Next: Adam Craig

Posted on June 21, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

We take pride in introducing fans to country music’s brightest new stars through our Country Next series. Here, we chat with Adam Craig.

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Carrie Underwood; Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for CMT

Carrie Underwood Recalls Her Conversation with God After Suffering Three Miscarriages

Posted on June 20, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

“Okay, I’m kind of giving up a little bit…”

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Miranda Lambert; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Miranda Lambert Is ‘Really, Really Happy’ and Gearing Up To Release New Music

Posted on June 20, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

After a 10-month hiatus from the stage, Miranda Lambert made her return to the spotlight with a fiery set at…

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Scotty McCreery; Photo Courtesy of Triple Tigers

Scotty McCreery’s ‘In Between’ Music Video Offers Fans a Glimpse Into His Life

Posted on June 20, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

Scotty McCreery once again gives fans a glimpse into his private life with the brand new video for his latest…

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Carrie Underwood; Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images for CMT

Carrie Underwood Hit With Lawsuit Over ‘Sunday Night Football’ Song

Posted on June 20, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

Carrie Underwood is one of nine defendants named in a lawsuit filed in a Manhattan federal court alleging Underwood’s Sunday…

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