Brittany Howard – Alabama Shakes – What an Unusual Voice! (Raspy and Male Sounding, yet sensual).
At the end of the movie, “Silver Linings Playbook,” a song with a great beat caught my attention. It was called “Always Right,” and the powerful voice singing made me determined to buy the c.d if only for one song. Fast forward a couple of months and Alabama Shakes is on U-tube. I was totally blown away to find out that what I thought was a male voice, belonged to the only singer and HER name happens to be Brittany Howard.
The U-tube video was the group performing live on ‘Saturday Night Live.” What a treat to see Brittany with so many facial expressions including stretching her lips, and opening wide, wide, wide her mouth to utter a sound that was a combination of the late Janis Joplin and Aretha Franklin. It is a great raspy voice.. The twenty-four year old, woman with spectacles proved that she could pay lead guitar as well.
I found out that little more than a year ago, Brittany was working for the U.S. Postal Service. In less than a year, the group managed to be up for three Grammy nominations (unfortunately they did not win any). Their debut album “Boys and Girls” has been steadily climbing the charts. “Always Right” is not on it, and maybe it was just made for the move, “Silver Linings Playbook.” I keep playing this song and never seem to tire of it A great woman whose popularity is steadily growing.