Thomas Rhett ‘Completely Blown Away’ By News Of 16th No.1 Single

Thomas Rhett just earned his 16th career No.1 single as his latest hit, “Be A Light,” reached the top spot…


Lauren Jo Black

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September 8, 2020


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Thomas Rhett just earned his 16th career No.1 single as his latest hit, “Be A Light,” reached the top spot on the Mediabase Country Chart this week.

The uplifting song features special guests Reba McEntire, Hillary Scott, Chris Tomlin and Keith Urban and was released in the beginning stages of the coronavirus pandemic, bringing an encouraging message to fans when they needed it most.

“I’m completely blown away and humbled by the support of ‘Be A Light’ from the fans, country radio and the entire industry,” Rhett shared upon hearing the news. “When we decided to release this song in March, it was the best way I knew how to share what was on my heart, and I’m feeling so hopeful and encouraged to see so many of you inspired to take action because of it in your own communities. Thank y’all for coming together like this!”

Rhett and his collaborators donated all proceeds from the single to the MusiCares® COVID-19 Relief efforts. Additionally, Rhett and Big Machine Label Group President/CEO Scott Borchetta surprised Recording Academy Chairman and Interim President/CEO Harvey Mason Jr. and MusiCares Executive Director Laura Segura with an additional $100,000 for the relief fund.

“Be A Light” recently earned a nomination for Musical Event of The Year for the upcoming CMA Awards where Rhett is also nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year.

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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.