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 us 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.
About Lauren Black, Owner/Editor-in-Chief
Lauren Black 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 works as a Marketing Consultant for a national restaurant brand and is the Answers.com Category Expert Writer for Country Music. Her other loves include working out at the YMCA and spending time with family and friends.
About Lauren Laffer, Managing Editor
Lauren Laffer lives in Tampa, FL with her family and two dogs, Chester and Leroi. Lauren has a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications, with a speciality in Public Relations, from the University of South Florida. When she is not working for CMIL, she works in the marketing department of one of the top amusement parks in the United States. Her other loves include horseback riding and attending concerts. She looks forward to moving to Music City in the near future!