You might remember Lauren Pritchard from the Tony-award-winning musical, Spring Awakening, where she originated the role of Isle (recognize her co-star from the show?). She left the show in 2008 to pursue her dream of being a singer: "Spring Awakening was the opportunity of a lifetime, something that changed me and my life for the better, but I always knew that I wanted to move on to doing what I'm doing now." For the last year, the 22-year-old has been living in London: "I originally came across the pond just to do some writing, but that turned into writing a record, which turned into making one and then it was signed to Island Records." Her EP The Jackson Sessions drops May 3rd, so seriously -- check it out, because this lady's got an amazing voice.
IHD: What inspired the songs on your album? LP: A few things... A long relationship and a terrible break up. Missing my family and a longing to be nearer to them. Sorting myself out. New relationships. Deaths of two family members and a few close friends. Seeing my friends and family going through ups and downs and my own ups and downs. It's a very honest record about actual moments in time.
IHD: What are you hearting right now? LP: Music: I'm listening to Neil Young, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Pete Lawrie, Erik Hassle, Mumford & Sons, Regina Spektor, old-school Mariah Carey. Books: I'm re-reading all of J.D. Salinger's books. Currently on Raise High the Roofbeams, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction. TV: Catching up on Season 3 of "Mad Men." Other things I'm listening to: NPR's "This American Life" podcast, MLB.com Daily podcast (gotta keep up to date with Baseball!!).
IHD: How many tattoos do you have and what does each one mean? LP: 6 tattoos!! One on my right rib cage, it's the first bar to my favorite hymn "Be Still and Know." One on my right forearm, two swallows in turquoise ink. One on my right wrist in yellow ink, it's my Mayan calendar birthday symbol (Yellow Rhythmic Star). One on my left bicep, my family's initials in a peace sign. One on the front of my left rib cage, it's my lucky number, 13. And one across the middle of my back in latin, "Benedictus Qui Venit Un Nomine Domini" which translates to "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord".
IHD: One last question, do singers actually sing in the shower? LP: Oooooh yes. Yes I definitely do!
Now, listen to a song from The Jackson Sessions, "When The Night Kills The Day." C'mon, do it.