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, and baby boy, Dawson. 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 specialty 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!
About Brenna Mader, Fashion/Beauty Editor
Since winning the title of Miss Tennessee USA 2013, Brenna Mader has appeared as the social media correspondent for CMT’s “My Big Fat Redneck Vacation Aftershow” alongside Tom Arnold, and as the Nashville Correspondent for MTV’s “O Music Awards.” She also hosted the Country Music Association’s first ever “CMA 360″ at the 47th Annual CMA Awards. She can be seen in music videos from Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum, Josh Turner, and Katie Arminger, plus as the lead role in numerous national commercials for brands like Tac Tac, Papa Johns, and The US Military. A Belmont University Broadcast Journalism graduate, Brenna’s focus in on both TV and writing. Having roots in Wyoming, Texas, and Tennessee instilled a strong love of country music in her. She considers music, fashion, beauty, nutrition, and travel to be some of her strongest passions. She also maintains a personal blog, Wanderlust and Glitter Dust.