Bands to Watch #162: Lauren Pritchard

By on Friday, 12th February 2010 at 12:00 pm

England has made a habit of adopting talented Americans that have for whatever reason not made it big yet in the States. Bluesy songstress Lauren Pritchard is poised to become the next artist to benefit from this tradition. Originally from Madison County, Tennessee, after “6 years, 5 tattoos, 4 electric tea kettles, 3 cities, 2 tours and 1 Nord keyboard” and stops in Beverly Hills and New York, she has finally settled in London.

Pritchard exhibits subtlety and control in her soulful voice that’s rare these days, especially for such a young artist. Luckily for us, she’s already making connections in the London music scene that will serve her well. Forthcoming single ‘When the Night Kills the Day’ (see the video below) is a “haunting, bluesy shuffle” that was co-written by singer-songwriter Ed Harcourt and features the eerie and elegant playing of Marcus Mumford (of Mumford and Sons) on piano. In fact, Mumford chose this track to be the first he has ever produced, along with band member Ted Dwaine.

I hate comparing up-and-coming artists to music legends, as it gives them something impossible to live up to and doesn’t allow their music to stand on its own merits, which Lauren Pritchard’s certainly can. However, she’s said to sound like “Janis Joplin meets Karen Carpenter meets Carole King with a 2010 edge,” which can only be a good thing. With a gorgeous voice, lyrics like “I don’t see you like they see their men / they only see saints or sinners / and everybody seems to think it’s fun to be free / but you can keep your freedom / ‘cos I’ve got what I need,” and some of the best collaborators that London has to offer, it’s fair to expect that we’ll be seeing big things from Lauren in the future.


Lauren Pritchard releases her debut EP, ‘The Jackson Sessions EP,’ on 05 April in the UK.

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