Wasted In Jackson is the debut studio album recorded by American singer-songwriterLauren Pritchard, produced by Eg White and was released on 25 October 2010 on Island Records. The album was digitally released on 25 October 2010, followed by a physical release on 25 October 2010 through Island Records. The lead single from the album, "When the Night Kills the Day", was released on 3 May 2010. A second single from the album, "Painkillers", was released on 9 August 2010. A third single from the album, "Not the Drinking", was released on 25 October 2010, the same day as the album's release. "Not The Drinking" was the only single not to be released physically. All singles have so far failed to chart. "Not the Drinking" was added to BBC Radio Two A-List in October 2010 and remained there for two weeks. Wasted In Jackson entered the UK Album Chart at 84 on 31 October. A fourth single, "Stuck", was released on 14 February 2011.
Speaking in November 2010 to noted UK soul writer Pete Lewis - Assistant Editor of Blues & Soul - Pritchard explained how the album's title emanated from its evocative title-track and its reference to her small-town, Deep-South-USA upbringing: "In a way I wanted to pay homage to my hometown. I'm actually very thankful that it is the tiny little small town that it IS, because it made me wanna get the heck OUTTA there! You know, from a very young age I always knew that I wanted to go somewhere else! And so that in turn became the reason why I started my journey and what ultimately led me to London and making this album! I just always felt like I was wasting my time BEING in Jackson as a young kid."
The album has received generally positive views from music critics. Telegraph music critic Andrew Perry gave the album a positive review commenting that "Born in Jackson, Tennessee, 22-year-old Lauren Pritchard already has a survivor’s CV."