Reese Witherspoon Is On the Hunt For the Next Country Superstar

Reese Witherspoon wants to discover country music’s next superstar. The Academy Award-winning actress and her media company, Hello Sunshine, are…


Lauren Jo Black

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August 17, 2020


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Reese Witherspoon wants to discover country music’s next superstar.

The Academy Award-winning actress and her media company, Hello Sunshine, are teaming up with Apple for a new competition series called My Kind of Country. Witherspoon shared the news via Instagram on Monday (Aug. 17), revealing that her Tennessee upbringing inspired the idea.

“Well, it’s not looking like I’ll ever fulfill my childhood dreams of becoming @DollyParton… but this might just be the next best thing,” she wrote.

The actress, who portrayed the role of June Carter Cash in the film Walk the Line, explained that she and her fellow producers are on the hunt for “extraordinary country music talent.”

“Growing up in Nashville, Tennessee, Country music has been a huge part of my life for as long as I can remember. The history of songwriting and recording, the artistry of matching lyrics and chords, the true expression of what is happening to humanity right now… not to mention the dazzling stage performances that bring you to your feet,” she continued. “There are so many remarkably talented people whose voices are being heard right now, but there are many more who have different experiences and remarkable stories that still need to be told in the genre. I’ve been incredibly inspired by all artists who continue to blaze bold new trails and our hope is to discover musicians who are revolutionizing country music and help amplify their voices and bring the JOY of Country Music to everyone around the world.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Witherspoon will executive produce the show for Apple TV+ alongside Sandbox Entertainment’s Jason Owen (who manages Kacey Musgraves, Kelsea Ballerini and more), Izzie Pick Ibarra (Dancing With the Stars, The Masked Singer) and Done + Dusted’s Katy Mullan and Melanie Fletcher.

My Kind of Country is the third show Witherspoon and Hello Sunshine produce for the streaming platform, following The Morning Show and Truth Be Told.

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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.