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.

Brett Young; Photo Courtesy BMLG Records

Brett Young’s ‘Catch’ Music Video Has a Touching Surprise Ending

Posted on June 5, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

Brett Young’s new music video will give you all the feels. The brand new clip, which premiered just in time…

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Carrie Underwood, Kane Brown, Luke Combs, Kelsea Ballerini, Keith Urban; Artist Publicity Photos

Video of the Year Finalists Revealed for CMT Music Awards 2019

Posted on June 5, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

“Nashville’s biggest party,” the 2019 CMT Music Awards, are upon us! With just hours until country music’s hottest stars gather…

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Maren Morris; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

PHOTOS: Maren Morris, Lindsay Ell and Tenille Townes Own the Night at Pandora Live Event

Posted on June 4, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

To kick off CMA Fest week, Pandora hosted an all-female Pandora Live event in Nashville on Monday evening at Marathon…

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Thomas Rhett, Kelsea Ballerini, Bobby Bones; Photo Courtesy CMA-ABC

Thomas Rhett & Kelsea Ballerini Return To Host ‘CMA Fest,’ Bobby Bones Joins As Guest Host

Posted on June 4, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

2019 marks the 16th consecutive year of the broadcast on ABC.

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Danielle Bradbery

Danielle Bradbery Takes the Country Now Pop Quiz

Posted on June 4, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

Danielle Bradbery is turning heads with her stunning cover of “Shallow,” the song made famous by Lady Gaga and Bradley…

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Cassadee Pope; Photo by Osprey Media

Cassadee Pope Does An Interview While Playing With Puppies

Posted on June 3, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

“How am I supposed to answer questions with this happening in front of me?”

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Luke Bryan; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

PHOTOS: Luke Bryan Launches Massive Sunset Repeat Tour

Posted on June 3, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

Luke Bryan’s Sunset Repeat Tour runs through October 25.

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Walker Hayes- Don't Let Her

5 Things About Walker Hayes’ New Single, ‘Don’t Let Her’

Posted on June 3, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

“Don’t Let Her” is Walker Hayes at his finest. 

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Jason Aldean, Taylor Swift, Luke Bryan

What the CMT Music Awards Looked Like 10 Years Ago

Posted on June 1, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

Go back in time 10 years with a look at the 2009 CMT Music Awards.

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Abby Anderson; Photo by John Shearer

Abby Anderson Dishes On Her Latest Single, ‘Good Lord’

Posted on June 1, 2019

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Lauren Jo Black

The rising star shares the story behind her feel-good new single.

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