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.

Carly Pearce; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Carly Pearce Is Loving Her Time On ‘Uncle’ Jason Aldean’s Tour

Posted on July 8, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

Carly Pearce landed an opening slot on one of this summer’s hottest tours – the Ride All Night Tour with…

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Eric Church; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Eric Church Reveals ‘Some Of It’ Almost Didn’t Make Make The Cut For His Album

Posted on July 8, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

Eric Church’s latest hit, “Some Of It,” is nearing the top of the charts at country radio. The coming-of-age anthem…

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Garth Brooks; Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia

Garth Brooks Celebrates New Single With Seven-City Dive Bar Tour

Posted on July 8, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

To celebrate the release of his new single, “Dive Bar,” featuring Blake Shelton, country superstar Garth Brooks announced a special…

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Old Dominion; Photo by Mason Allen

Old Dominion To Release Third Studio Album This Fall

Posted on July 8, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

Reigning CMA and ACM Vocal Group of the Year Old Dominion just announced plans to release a brand new album…

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Charles and Cassie Kelley’s Love Story Is ‘Like A Movie’

Posted on July 6, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

It was love at first sight for Lady A’s Charles Kelley and his wife Cassie McConnell Kelley. “I’m not gonna…

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Eric Gunderson and Baby Hayes; Photo via Instagram

Love and Theft’s Eric Gunderson and Wife Welcome Baby Boy

Posted on July 6, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

Love and Theft’s Eric Gunderson and his wife Emily are the proud parents of a brand new baby boy. Born…

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Chris Janson and Kelly Lynn; Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

It Was Love At First Sight For Chris Janson and Kelly Lynn

Posted on July 4, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

The moment Chris Janson first laid eyes on Kelly Lynn, he knew she would be his wife one day. He…

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Bobby Bones and his puppy, Stanley; Photo via Instagram

Meet Bobby Bones’ New Puppy, Stanley

Posted on July 2, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

Bobby Bones, multi-talented media personality and host of the nationally syndicated The Bobby Bones Show, just got a puppy and…

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Mickey Guyton; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Mickey Guyton Reemerges with Powerful New Anthem, ‘Sister’

Posted on July 2, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

Vocal powerhouse Mickey Guyton is back with a new song and it’s an anthem for women everywhere. Guyton co-wrote the…

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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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