Jackson Tennessee born, London based singer-songwriter Lauren Pritchard, a new artist with a remarkable voice and a rare song-writing talent to match, follows the release of her acclaimed debut The Jackson Sessions EP with the release on July 19th of her new Island EP Painkillers.
Written by the 22 year old Pritchard and produced by Eg White, best known for co-writing and producing Adele’s Grammy-winning classic hit Chasing Pavements and Duffy’s worldwide smash â€œWarwick Avenue, the track features legendary sticksman and Roots founder Questlove on drums.
Since the beginning of the year Lauren has performed live across the UK building an ever-growing fanbase.
The young American was personally invited by Paul Weller to join him on stage during his recent In Concert Radio 2 session after he had heard her debut EP The Jackson Sessions.
Their duet, on the Holland Dozier Holland classic How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You, will be the B-side of Weller’s new single Find The Torch/Burn The Plans out June 14th.
Audiences will have plenty of opportunities to see Lauren performing live over the summer including festival appearances at Glastonbury and Latitude and a show with Professor Green at the Proud Gallery’s 2nd Birthday for MENCAP on June 23rd.
The Professor Green date came about after the two recently met at a rehearsal studio in London, immediately hit it off and wrote and recorded a song together.
Lauren Pritchard was born and raised in Jackson, Tennessee, archetypal deep-south small town USA.
When The Night Kills The Day
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Lauren Pritchard – Painkillers (Flotilla Remix) by charmfactory
She always sung and played piano from an early age and when she reached her teens felt the need to move away from her comfortable family surroundings and forge a life in music.
At the age of 16, she headed, alone, to LA where she sang in a band, fell in love, broke up, ran out of money and was on her way back to Jackson, dream in tatters, when one of her close friends, insisted she move in with them.
The friend was Riley Keogh whose mum is Lisa Marie Presley. Newly invigorated, Lauren lived with them for 8 months during which time she landed a starring role in the highly acclaimed, hard-hitting contemporary musical ˜Spring Awakening.
The show hit the big-time and soon Lauren was re-locating to New York where she performed on Broadway for two years.
With the phenomenal success of Spring Awakening and word spreading through New York music business circles about the girl with the incredible voice, Lauren landed a record deal.
That partnership didn’t work out so well and they soon went their separate ways. However as Lauren was finding out as one door closes another opens.
A meeting with Ivor Novello-winning songwriter Eg White, who had heard and been blown away by Lauren’s demos, lead to her decision to once again up sticks and move, alone again to her third big city, London.
Her collaborations with Eg were soon producing a batch of incredible songs and Island Records, aware that they has found a serious talent, wasted no time in securing Lauren’s signature.
Work on the debut album started in earnest and just a year after arriving in England, to make the record she had long dreamed of making, Wasted In Jackson was finished.