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.

Kelsea Ballerini, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani, Parker McCollum; Photos Courtesy ACM Awards

ACM Awards 2024: Kelsea Ballerini, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani, Parker McCollum & More Join Performance Lineup

Posted on May 7, 2024

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Lauren Jo Black

The show will also feature a performance from Post Malone.

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Florida Georgia Line; Photo by John Shearer

Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard Share Joint Statement Following Abrupt Closure Of FGL House

Posted on May 7, 2024

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Lauren Jo Black

“…all great things eventually come to an end,” the former duo shared.

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Kane Brown, Marshmello; Photo Provided

Kane Brown Opens Up About A Shift In Album Plans, New Marshmello Collaboration [Exclusive]

Posted on May 3, 2024

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Lauren Jo Black

Brown tells us that new collaborations, including “Miles On It” with Marshmello, sparked a creative shift in his forthcoming new album.

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Miranda Lambert walking through a desert in new promo photo.

Miranda Lambert Returns To Her Roots With Fiery New Single, ‘Wranglers’

Posted on May 3, 2024

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Lauren Jo Black

“I am so proud to sing this song,” Lambert shares of the just-released track.

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Luke Bryan; Photo by Eder Acevedo

Luke Bryan’s Farm Tour Returns For 15th Year: See The Dates

Posted on May 3, 2024

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Lauren Jo Black

“…nothing is more special than Farm Tour and that’s why I keep doing it year after year,” Bryan explains.

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Megan Moroney; Photo by CeCe Dawson

Megan Moroney Surprises Fans with Announcement of Sophomore Album ‘Am I Okay?

Posted on May 2, 2024

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Lauren Jo Black

“I love these songs SO much & I can’t wait for you to hear them,” she shared.

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George Strait, Tom Foote; Photo Courtesy George Strait

George Strait And Team Devastated By Sudden Passing of Drummer and Road Manager, Tom Foote

Posted on May 1, 2024

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Lauren Jo Black

Strait and his camp have suffered three losses in recent weeks.

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Luke Combs performs on his Growin’ Up and Gettin’ Old Tour; Photo by David Bergman, Courtesy of Luke Combs

Luke Combs’ Growin’ Up and Gettin’ Old Tour Shatters Attendance Records

Posted on May 1, 2024

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Lauren Jo Black

Luke Combs drew record crowds in the first three weekends of his 2024 tour.

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Will Moseley performs a Johnny Cash hit on 'American Idol'; Photo by Disney/Eric McCandless

Will Moseley Takes The ‘American Idol’ Stage By Storm With Johnny Cash Hit

Posted on April 30, 2024

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Lauren Jo Black

Is this is “best performance yet?”

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Tim McGraw performs at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on his Standing Room Only Tour; Photo by Tyler Conrad

Tim McGraw Returns To Nashville, Lives Up To His Promise To Deliver His ‘Best’ Show Yet On Standing Room Only Tour

Posted on April 30, 2024

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Lauren Jo Black

“Hi, it’s been a while. It’s good to play at home,” McGraw said with a smile.

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