Luke Bryan Surprises Nurse Working on the Front Lines

Chart-topping country star and American Idol judge Luke Bryan recently took time out fo his day to surprise a Memphis-based…


Lauren Jo Black

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May 14, 2020

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Chart-topping country star and American Idol judge Luke Bryan recently took time out fo his day to surprise a Memphis-based nurse who is working tirelessly on the front lines in a hospital’s intensive care unit.

Cassidy Gubin, who has spent the past few months working 12-hour shifts in the ICU at Baptist Memorial Hospital, joined Good Morning America to chat about her efforts helping COVID-19 patients.

While she admits there’s no other job she would rather be doing, Gubin said that she’s faced some trying times over the past few weeks.

“I work in an intensive care unit and you see things that you would think you would only hear on TV or see and you couldn’t really imagine,” Gubin shared.

While chatting with GMA‘s T.J. Holmes, Gubin revealed that her escape from the stress is going on long walks while listening to music, specifically listening to her favorite singer, Luke Bryan.

That’s when she got the surprise of her life as Luke Bryan joined their Zoom call.

“Is this real?” Gubin said, shocked.

“Thank you for everything you are doing on the frontline, you’re inspiring people like us,” the “One Margarita” singer told her. “We’re told to sit home and you’re told to go straight into the hospital where actively sick patients are so you are certainly a hero to me.”

“You have no idea how much that means to me, and thank you so much for your music because it’s all I listen to, it always makes me smile,” she gushed.

As Bryan told her goodbye, she said this was the “coolest thing” she’s ever done.

Thankfully, Gubin said that the situation has stabilized at her hospital over the last few weeks.

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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.