Stephen Barker Liles’ Mother Dies After Battle with ALS

Our thoughts and prayers are with Love and Theft’s Stephen Barker Liles as he mourns the loss of his mother,…


Lauren Jo Black

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November 7, 2019


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Stephen Barker Liles and Mother, Susie; Photos via Instagram

Our thoughts and prayers are with Love and Theft’s Stephen Barker Liles as he mourns the loss of his mother, Susie Barker Liles Burchett.

Burchett passed away Tuesday (Nov. 5) following a nearly three-year-long battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

Barker took to Instagram Thursday morning (Nov. 7), to share a touching tribute to his late mother.

“Momma. #ALS thinks it took you but what they don’t know is that ALS can’t take someone that has already been claimed by our Lord and Savior Jesus,” he wrote. “I know you are dancing with the angels now and forever til we get there and you can teach us a couple of your new and probably silly dance moves. I will miss you every day• At every important moment• At every achievement and at every failure. You will always be my rock and my heart. Thank you for always rocking me to sleep and singing to me when I was scared and needed my mom. Thank you for loving my friends almost as much as you even loved me. I love you GiGi – Susie Bluesy”

Burchett will be remembered on Monday (Nov. 11) with a service at the First Baptist Church of Clarksville.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that mourners consider a donation in her memory to the Shine for Susie ALS Fund.

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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.