COVID-19 didn’t cease Brittany Howard’s household from celebrating her latest Grammy win and efficiency. The household simply moved it to Grandma’s home.
Carla Hood, Howard’s aunt who sometimes hosts a big Grammys-watching get together at a venue in Athens, stated this 12 months the celebration was a small household meal at Grandma Helen Howard West’s residence, the place the household watched the Grammys.
“We’re so happy with her for successful Finest Rock Music for ‘Keep Excessive,’” Hood stated.
All the relations current have been within the “Keep Excessive” video shot in Athens. “Keep Excessive” featured Brittany Howard and actor Terry Crews and was shot at Athens areas corresponding to Hometown Grocery, Dubs Burgers and Kreme Delite. A number of of Hood’s and Ok.J. Howard’s household and pals posted on their Fb pages congratulating Brittany Howard not just for the Grammys however the follow-up interview on Jimmy Kimmel Stay.
After the Grammys announcement for Finest Music, Howard thanked a number of folks together with her household and Zac Cockrell who carried out together with her in Athens-based Alabama Shakes. He continues to carry out together with her.
Howard of Athens is the previous lead singer of Alabama Shakes. Her present solo album “Jaime” is called after her sister who died of retinoblastoma, a uncommon most cancers of the attention. Jaime was a pupil at East Limestone Excessive College when she died, and Howard is a graduate of East Limestone.
Jennifer Janzen, band director at East Limestone, taught each sisters in band. After Jaime misplaced her sight, Janzen stated fellow band college students would information Jaime to the pit percussion devices on the sideline the place she would carry out with the band.
She stated Howard performed bass drum within the band and was additionally proficient on guitar and piano and sometimes carried out in school expertise reveals. Janzen stated watching a former pupil go from acting on the sphere and in a college fitness center to carry out on the Grammys and win a Grammy award “introduced on a proud tear, introduced comfortable tears.”
“It makes me cry every time I see her on the Grammys, particularly since this latest album is in honor of Jaime,” Janzen stated. “Brittany’s at all times been a performer. She’s at all times had a love of music.”
Athens Mayor Ronnie Marks, who watched the Grammys, echoed Janzen’s remark that Howard is a performer.
“You possibly can see that power even whenever you’re watching her on TV, however you’ll be able to actually really feel it whenever you see her carry out stay,” stated Marks, who attended a profit live performance Alabama Shakes carried out in Athens in 2014 for Athens Arts League. “She’s a drive on stage.”
Marks stated he welcomes Howard to “drop by Athens Metropolis Corridor anytime to take us fishing,” referencing a Fb put up Howard made about going fishing after the Grammys.