Climbing her way up in the music scene is my friend, Lauren Pritchard. Lauren, a beautiful young woman of 22 years, and I first met at church in London a couple of years ago. She had recently made her way there from the US to work on recording an album of songs she had written herself. After an incredible amount of hard work and determination, her album is set to be released on October 26!
Wasted in Jackson tells the story of her life since "escaping" the small town of Jackson, Tennessee at the age of 16 to pursue bigger dreams.
She left for Los Angeles, where she fell on some hard times after a spell, and was taken in by Lisa Marie Presley to live with her and her daughter. Later she was enticed to go to New York to play in the Broadway cast of Spring Awakening for over two years, and then it was off to London to work on her debut solo album.
You'll find it to be a mix of R&B, soul and gospel all wrapped up in an bluesy package. Exciting things are happening in her life. She has been touring the last few months, making a name for herself in the UK, appearing on the Alan Titchmarsh show last week, being praised by many journalists both sides of the Atlantic, adored by Topshop's online blog Inside Out, and most recently being selected to be the iTune Single of the Week starting October 26 for 7 days. You can download her single, When the Night Kills the Day, for free during that time.
Be watching stateside for her performance on Jay Leno on Monday night, October, 25th. You can follow her career path and listen to the video of her new single at her website. She's delightful, she's charming, she's a rising star. Catch her as she begins to soar!
Photos from Lauren's website.