BRITTANY HOWARD – ” Jaime “

Posted: December 16, 2019 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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Brittany Howard, best known for fronting the band Alabama Shakes, will release her debut solo album, “Jaime”, on September. 20th on ATO Records. She says this track is “is a song I deeply want to share to help others realize loving and being loved by God doesn’t have to look the same for everyone.”

With her soulful vocals and impassioned electric guitar playing, Brittany Howard is known as a blues-rock powerhouse, and the lead singer and rhythm guitarist for Alabama Shakes. She also just released her debut solo album “Jaime”. Howard was inspired to create the album after taking a cross-country trip from Nashville to Topanga, Calif., where she recorded it. “I wrote this record as a process of healing. Every song, I confront something within me or beyond me. Things that are hard or impossible to change, words and music to describe what I’m not good at conveying to those I love, or a name that hurts to be said: Jaime,” Howard says.

Is there anything Brittany Howard can’t do? Between Alabama Shakes (arguably the most acclaimed and commercially successful roots-rock band of the past decade), Bermuda Triangle (her Americana trio with Becca Marncari and Jesse Lafser), her hard-edged solo project Thunderbitch, the Alabama-born, Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter, guitarist, and producer has proven herself an adaptable force of nature, as an individual as well as a team player. “Jaime”, her breathtaking solo debut, is the most definitive proof of that to date. With her written accounts of life pre-Alabama Shakes—which she subsequently translated into song—supplying the thematic foundation, Howard delivers a powerful (and powerfully-sung) display of profound empathy, parlaying autobiographical intimacy into unflinching social protest. “I am dedicated to oppose those whose will is to divide us and who are determined to keep us in the dark ages of fear,” she vows adamantly on album highlight “13th Century Metal,” a curious hybrid of spoken word and electronica; “I hear the voices of the unheard / Speak for those who cannot speak / And shelter the minds that carry a message.” Judging from this album, we’re in good hands.

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Starting with a further track from Brittany Howard’s the stirring and inspired “He Loves Me,” from her upcoming solo debut Jaime.She named the album after her sister who passed away when they were both teenagers. The music is a celebration of the human spirit.

She shared one last pre-release song from the album, “13th Century Metal.” She has also shared a video of her performing the song live, Previously Howard had shared Jamie’s first three singles, “History Repeats,” “Stay High, and “He Loves Me,” as well as a video of her performing “He Loves Me” live. 

Howard’s sister inspired the album’s title. She taught Howard to play piano and write poetry, but passed away from cancer when the sisters were teenagers.

“The title is in memoriam, and she definitely did shape me as a human being,” says Howard in a press release. “But, the record is not about her. It’s about me. I’m pretty candid about myself and who I am and what I believe. Which is why I needed to do it on my own.”

In regard to branching out with a solo album, Howard had this to say: “I turned 30 and I was like, ‘What do I want the rest of my life to look like?’ Do I want to play the same songs until I’m 50 and then retire, or do I do something that’s scarier for me? Do I want people to understand me and know me, do I want to tell them my story? I’m very private, but my favorite work is when people are being honest and really doing themselves.”

From the debut solo album “Jaime” set for released on September 20th, 2019.

Love—in all its forms—is Brittany Howard’s compass on Jaime, her solo debut. Resting comfortably in rootsy soul, rock, R&B, and hints of funk, Howard makes a case for optimism without ever saying the word itself. She celebrates heady romance on the easygoing ”Stay High,” and with “13th Century Metal,” she offers a clear-eyed manifesto of empathy as she pledges to build a better world. She even approaches spirituality from a position of grace, painting herself as a sinner in the hands of a forgiving God on “He Loves Me.” By sharing her open heart, Howard encourages anyone listening to do the same.

 

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