The name says it all, CountryMusicIsLove.com. From the very beginning, CMIL has been a website for fans of country music, by fans of country music.
“When the website was founded, the goal was, and always will be, to give fans a place to stay connected to country music and the artists they love,” explains Lauren Black, creator of CountryMusicIsLove.
In nearly just five years, CMIL has evolved into the go-to website for the most up-to-date country music news, album and concert reviews, and exclusive artist interviews.
CountryMusicIsLove has attended and reported from the red carpet and backstage at the Country Music Association Awards, the Academy of Country Music Awards, CMT Music Awards, and American Country Awards. Every year CMIL reports from the streets of Nashville during the CMA Music Festival; bringing the hottest concerts and fan parties to the site for those who cannot attend.
In February 2010, CMIL held its first annual CountryMusicIsLove Concert Benefiting City of Hope, one of the nation’s leading research, treatment and education centers for cancer and other life-threatening diseases.
“The country music community is always giving back,” says Black. “We’re thankful to have a platform that allows up to do the same and spread the love.”
To date, CountryMusicIsLove has hosted the event annually and has donated more than $15,000 to City of Hope.
The website has been featured on local television and in the pages of national publications. CountryMusicIsLove can be heard on radio stations across the country delivering the latest country music news. In 2011, the CMIL was the official GRAMMY.com Blogger for Country Music for the 54th GRAMMY Awards.
Lauren Black, the owner and editor-in-chief of CountryMusicIsLove, resides in Nashville, TN with her husband, Ryan. They live with their dog, Olive, and their two cats, Rhubarb and Okra. Lauren has a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Central Florida and was recently awarded the Rising Star Award from the UCF College of Sciences. When she is not writing for CountryMusicIsLove, Lauren contributes to Answers.com as the Country Music Expert Writer and works as a Marketing Consultant for a national restaurant chain. Her other loves include traveling, working out at the YMCA, and spending time with family and friends.
Follow her on Twitter: @laurenjoblack