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.

Emmy Russell; Photo by Disney/Eric McCandless

WATCH: Emmy Russell Overcomes Nerves, Earns Standing Ovation On American Idol With Bonnie Raitt Classic

Posted on April 22, 2024

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Lauren Jo Black

Russell’s performance gave Luke Bryan “full body chills.”

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Triston Harper, Luke Bryan; Photo by Disney/Eric McCandless

Triston Harper Earns Praise From Luke Bryan After Elvis-Inspired ‘Idol’ Performance: ‘That Was Tremendous!’

Posted on April 22, 2024

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Lauren Jo Black

The 15-year-old showcased his dance moves while performing the Elvis Presley classic, “Heartbreak Hotel.”

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Josh Turner and Scotty McCreery, with surprise guest Randy Travis; Photo Courtesy Grand Ole Opry, photos by Chris Hollo

Scotty McCreery’s Grand Ole Opry Dream Comes True During Emotional Induction Ceremony

Posted on April 22, 2024

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Lauren Jo Black

Opry members Josh Turner and Randy Travis were on hand to welcome McCreery into the Opry family.

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Kenny Chesney, George Strait; Photos by Jill Trunnell

Kenny Chesney Ties George Strait’s Billboard Chart Record With 61st Top 10 Hit

Posted on April 19, 2024

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Lauren Jo Black

The news comes as “Take Her Home” clinched a spot in the Top 10 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart.

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Colin Stough; Photo by David Bradley

LISTEN: Colin Stough Drops Radio-Ready Single, ‘Makes Two of Us’

Posted on April 19, 2024

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Lauren Jo Black

This new track explores the complicated feelings of previous partners contemplating getting back together.

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Kane Brown; Photo by Matthew Berinato

Kane Brown Humbly Reacts To His ACM Entertainer of the Year Nomination [Exclusive]

Posted on April 18, 2024

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Lauren Jo Black

The superstar also recalls the moment he received the “exciting” news.

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Jelly Roll, Riley Green; Photos by Andrew Wendowski

Jelly Roll, Riley Green & More Confirmed For 2024 Rock ’N Jock Celebrity Softball Game

Posted on April 18, 2024

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Lauren Jo Black

The star-studded event benefits Folds Of Honor.

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Scotty McCreery; Photo by Jeff Ray

Scotty McCreery Reflects On His Upcoming Opry Induction: ‘A Day I’ve Dreamt About For A Long, Long Time’ [Exclusive]

Posted on April 17, 2024

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Lauren Jo Black

The country star is “pumped” and “slightly nervous” for his big night.

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Colt Ford; Photo by Julian Mendoza

Colt Ford Health Update: Singer Shows ‘Significant Progress’ But Remains In ICU

Posted on April 16, 2024

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Lauren Jo Black

The Georgia native has been forced to cancel or reschedule all concerts through the end of August.

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Triston Harper; Photo by Disney/Eric McCandless

WATCH: Alabama High School Student Triston Harper Nails Cody Johnson’s ”Til You Can’t’ On ‘American Idol’

Posted on April 16, 2024

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Lauren Jo Black

At just 15 years old, Harper is the youngest finalist in the Top 14

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