CRS New Faces of Country Music Class Of 2020 Revealed

Ingrid Andress, Morgan Evans, Riley Green, Runaway June and Mitchell Tenpenny are Country Radio Seminar‘s New Faces of Country Music…


Lauren Jo Black

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December 9, 2019


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Ingrid Andress, Riley Green; Photos Courtesy the Artists

Ingrid Andress, Morgan Evans, Riley Green, Runaway June and Mitchell Tenpenny are Country Radio Seminar‘s New Faces of Country Music class of 2020.

The Country Radio Broadcasters (CRB) announced the news Mondy (Dec. 9), confirming that these five acts will take the stage at the CRS 2020 New Faces of Country Music show during the upcoming Country Radio Seminar.

“This is an outstanding class of New Faces, representing some of the most exciting up-and-coming artists in our format,” CRB/CRS President of the Board, Kurt Johnson, shared in a statement. “It’s truly one the best moments of the year for Country Radio—careers are made on the spot. Not to be missed!”

The lineup was voted on by full-time radio station employees between Nov. 18 and Nov. 22.

The 2020 installment of the CRS New Faces Show marks the 50th anniversary of the event, which was played a critical role in the careers of many of country music’s biggest stars over the years. Tickets for the show are already sold out.

Country Radio Seminar 2020 will be held Wednesday, Feb. 19 through Friday, Feb. 21 at the Omni hotel in Nashville.

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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.