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 and Michael Ray; Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT

Carly Pearce Loved Having Michael Ray In Her ‘Closer To You’ Video

Posted on June 17, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

Carly Pearce continues to make waves with her catchy single, “Closer To You.” While she didn’t have a hand in…

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Shania Twain; Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Shania Twain Announces New Las Vegas Residency

Posted on June 17, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

Seven years after launching her first Las Vegas Residency, country superstar Shania Twain is returning to Sin City for another…

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Sara Evans and Jay Barker; Photo via Instagram

Sara Evans and Jay Barker’s Sweet Love Story

Posted on June 14, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

Heartbreak brought Sara and Jay together.

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Bobby Bones; Photo by Zack Massey

Bobby Bones To Guest Star On ‘Running Wild with Bear Grylls’

Posted on June 14, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

Bones has been teasing his big news for weeks.

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Carrie Underwood; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Carrie Underwood Opens Up About Life On the Road with Her Sons

Posted on June 13, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

Carrie Underwood does it all. She’s an incredible singer, songwriter, entertainer, fashion designer and most importantly, a dedicated mother. A…

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Katelyn Jae and Kane Brown; Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

Kane Brown’s Wife Launches YouTube Channel, ‘The Talk With KJ’

Posted on June 12, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

Kane Brown’s wife, Katelyn Jae, recently launched a YouTube channel called “The Talk With KJ.” The new series showcases the…

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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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