neonPPL May Be a Mystery But Its Message Is Clear

Earlier this year, a new Nashville-based group called neonPPL surfaced online. Comprised of a number of music industry veterans, including…


Lauren Jo Black

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October 14, 2019


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Earlier this year, a new Nashville-based group called neonPPL surfaced online. Comprised of a number of music industry veterans, including songwriters, musicians and producers, neonPPL is an anonymous group that promotes positivity through music.

Making its debut with the empowering “beYOUtiful,” featuring guest vocals from Lindsay Ell, Joy Williams, Danielle Bradbery, neonPPL encourages listeners to love themselves and embrace their inner beauty.

“You’re the only one who can be you so do you the best you can/ Wake up, breathe in, breath out and then/ BeYOUtiful,” they sing throughout the track, which the group wrote and recorded themselves.

Continuing to spread a message of inclusion, neonPPL collaborated with country hitmaker Brett Young on “ONElittleTOWN,” a song all about living together as a community, despite any differences we believe we may have.

“This big ol’ world is one little town / There’s just one way in and just one way out / We’re all somebody’s sons and somebody’s daughters / We’re washed in the blood / Baptized in the water,” the chorus boasts.

“Through our music, our goal isn’t to tell you how to feel, but more so just to hope that the songs make you feel something,” neonPPL previously shared in a statement. “We want to give affirmation and a feeling of acceptance through them.”

After releasing two collaborations, neonPPL resurfaced with “love2love,” the collective’s first release without an outside collaborator. Further driving home the anonymous band’s uplifting message, the latest tune centers around love, just as the title suggests.

With no names, no face and no individual identities, those behind neonPPL remain a mystery. While the vocals are familiar, it’s tough to pinpoint exactly who is behind this anonymous musical entity.

So who is neonPPL? We may never know, but what we do know is that their music contains an important message that needs to be heard.

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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.