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.

Dolly Parton; Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for The Recording Academy

Dolly Parton To Star In New Hallmark Movie, ‘Christmas In Dollywood’

Posted on July 11, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

It’s Christmas in July! The Hallmark Channel just announced that the legendary Dolly Parton has signed on to star alongside…

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Blanco Brown’s ‘The Git Up’ Rules Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Chart

Posted on July 10, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

Blanco Brown is turning heads with his hit “The Git Up.” The singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist released the viral…

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Josh Gracin and Wife Expecting Baby Boy

Posted on July 10, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

“Prayers were truly answered!”

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Garth Brooks’ Daughter, Allie Colleen, Releases Debut Single

Posted on July 10, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

It appears Garth Brooks passed along the musical gene to his youngest daughter, Allie Colleen. The Belmont graduate and newlywed…

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Maddie & Tae’s Maddie Marlow Dishes On Her Wedding

Posted on July 10, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

“The wedding is coming up…”

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10 Best Rascal Flatts Songs

Posted on July 10, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

Did your favorite Rascal Flatts songs make the cut?

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Morgan Wallen Has Another Hit On His Hands With ‘Chasin’ You’

Posted on July 10, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

Following the massive success of his hit “Whiskey Glasses,” Morgan Wallen is back with a reflective new single – “Chasin’…

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Carrie Underwood; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

See a Sneak Peek of ABC’s ‘CMA Fest’ Special

Posted on July 9, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

Country music fans everywhere will soon have a chance to re-live CMA Fest 2019 when ABC airs its annual CMA…

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Luke Bryan Announces Lineup For Farm Tour 2019

Posted on July 9, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

Luke Bryan will soon take a break from his massive Sunset Repeat Tour to give back to farming communities around…

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Miranda Lambert; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

New Miranda Lambert Single Revealed

Posted on July 9, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

Get excited, Miranda Lambert fans! The superstar’s much-anticipated new single is dropping in less than 10 days. Confirmed by Country…

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