20 Oct 2019

Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard on her solo album, growing up as a mixed race child in Alabama and inspiring the younger generation

She’s the lead singer of the four-time Grammy award winning Alabama Shakes – now Brittany Howard has released her debut solo album.

Called Jaime, it’s named after her sister who died from a rare form of eye cancer aged just 13 – the sister who taught her to play piano and write poetry and fall in love with music.

Howard’s songs are rooted in that childhood, growing up mixed-race in small-town Alabama.

Fatima Manji has been to meet her.