Every once in a while, a strong, raw, down-and-gritty, unapologetic songstress comes into the light, and blinds (in the best way possible) everyone who experiences her performances.
From Jackson, TN, LOLO (born Lauren Pritchard) is a show-stopping singer who, according to the AP, has “so much music flowing through [her] that it fills two people.”
It’s easy for a voice like LOLO’s to take center stage; she has a deep, soulful sound, reminiscent of Janis Joplin, with no lack of range. And this should come as no surprise – when LOLO was billed as Lauren Pritchard, she was a standout Broadway vocalist who originated the role of “Ilse” in Spring Awakening, and at one time lived with Lisa Marie Presley in Los Angeles while fronting a reggae band. Yeah. For real.
But despite her standout vocals and superstar chops, she’s proven herself a venerable songwriter, from penning hits for Panic! At The Disco’s recent #1 blockbuster album to writing an off-Broadway musical, “Songbird” that earned high praise from the New York Times.
Her album, In Loving Memory of When I Gave a Shit, is a come-to-Jesus moment for the songstress who moved back to Tennessee after exploring her path on the stages of New York and time in London. The album is a literal reflection of LOLO’s journey on the road back home, which paints the picture of a woman who is finally able to shine and be her true self.
With a daring and emotionally charged voice, her music evokes a hot southern night – rough around the edges but with a velvety quality that soothes the soul.
You’ll love LOLO if you love:
Bibi Bourelly, Vérité, Janis Joplin
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