“When The Night Kills The Day” by Lauren Pritchard is one of my favorite songs of the year. It is the lead single from Lauren’s soon to be released EP, The Jackson Sessions, which will be released in the UK on the 3rd of May. Lauren is currently on tour in the UK promoting the EP and single.
To date, Lauren is probably best known for her work on the Tony Award winning musical, Spring Awakening, where she played Ilse, but that will soon change. After her successful stint on Broadway, Lauren decided to pursue her own music career, and began writing songs. She signed her first record contract, but parted ways when she realized the company wanted to turn her into a pop star, stripping her of her artistic freedom and integrity. Lauren did not give up, but moved to London to work with award winning songwriter Eg White. The two wrote and produces a collection of great songs, which Island Records took notice of and signed Lauren. Lauren’s EP The Jackson Sessions, and album Wasted In Jackson, features contributions by Eg White, Ed Harcourt and production skills from Marcus and Ted from Mumford & Sons.
I am a big fan of Spring Awakening and am somewhat biased, but there is no denying that Lauren Pritchard has an amazing voice. She shines on the Spring Awakening album, belting out some of the most powerful songs on the album, including “The Dark I Know Well”. Â (The cast recordingÂ also includes Lea Michele from Glee, Jonathan Groff who is guest starring on Glee, and John Gallagher Jr who is starring in American Idiot on Broadway).
On the EP, Lauren proves that she is not just an actress with a great voice, but a talented singer and songwriter. The lead single is simply amazing. “When The Night Kills The Day” is epic from it’s first notes: the instruments and melody instantly take hold of the listener. The chorus is great as are the lyrics.Â The song was co-written by Lauren and Ed Harcourt. I can’t get enough of this song, so good! The music video is also really cool, I like the lights and the dog.
“When The Night Kills The Day” Music Video:
“Stuck” is another song on the EP, one that is more mellow and has a nice soul beat. This song is also really catchy and allows for Lauren to show the strength of her voice in a soul-blues song. “No Way” is also a great song, it’s slower than “Stuck”, and has an amazing chorus and hook. It sounds like something you’d hear from Carole King with some gospel elements.Â The fourth song on the EP is called “Bad Time To Fall”, and while I’ve only heard a live version of the song, I really enjoy it. It has an upbeat blues-vibe to it, and some nice percussion.
With the imminent release of the EP followed by the album, Lauren has been getting a lot of positive press and hype, which is much deserved. I am certainly looking forward to hearing the album. The Jackson Sessions EP is set to be released on the 3rd of May in the UK, where Lauren is also currently on tour. Visit her MySpace page to see the tour dates and also listen to“Stuck”, “No Way”, and one of my favorite tracks that is not on the EP, but is the title track to her debut album, “Wasted in Jackson”.