Brandon Lay and Wife Nicole Welcome Second Child

It’s a GIRL! Country newcomer Brandon Lay and his wife Nicole welcomed a precious baby girl into the world this…


Lauren Jo Black

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June 9, 2020


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Brandon Lay and Wife

It’s a GIRL!

Country newcomer Brandon Lay and his wife Nicole welcomed a precious baby girl into the world this week. Little Lara June joins big brother Ryder, 21 months.

The singer/songwriter took to Instagram to introduce the world to his daughter on Monday (June 8).

“It’s official! Ryder is a brother,” Lay wrote. “Nicole and I have had a very blessed day welcoming Lara June into the world.”

Brandon and Nicole, a former Miss Tennessee, married in 2012. Their son, Ryder, arrived in the fall of 2018.

Brandon Lay’s latest single, “For My Money,” is at country radio now.

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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 and her work being featured on 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.