Playlist Takeover: Artists To Watch in 2021

Last month, Country Now revealed its list of 11 Artists To Watch in 2021, and now, we’re dedicating our playlist…


Lauren Jo Black

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January 4, 2021


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Last month, Country Now revealed its list of 11 Artists To Watch in 2021, and now, we’re dedicating our playlist to those new artists. 

Our list included Laine Hardy, Lainey Wilson, Tiera, Walker County, Priscilla Block, Parker McCollum, Ashland Craft, Travis Denning, Kameron Marlowe, Restless Road and Tyler Booth.

In an effort to continue to support these rising stars, we’ve hand-picked two tracks from each of their catalogs to showcase in our latest playlist. 

Check out our Artists To Watch playlist below and be sure to subscribe to listen again and again!

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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.