HOMETOWN: Jackson, Tenn.
INFLUENCES: Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Al Green
ALBUM: Wasted in Jackson, out now digitally; CD release due in February 2011

Lauren Pritchard came to Los Angeles from Tennessee as a teenager, determined to make her name in the music business—but before long found herself broke and resigned to returning home defeated. Then a friend’s mother intervened, convincing her to move into their family home until she got on her feet. The mom in question? None other than Lisa Marie Presley. “I know that all of the things that have happened to me since then wouldn’t have happened if the Presleys hadn’t offered me a place to stay,” says Pritchard, who eventually found her big break when she struck up a fruitful collaboration with successful English songwriter Eg White. The title of her debut, Wasted in Jackson, refers to her now-fulfilled desire to escape her hometown for the wider world. “I love where I’m from so much,” she says. “But I needed to get away from that place to get to the place where I am now.”

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