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Brittany Howard (born October 2, 1988) is an American musician, singer, and songwriter known for being the lead vocalist, guitarist, and main songwriter of rock bands Alabama Shakes and Thunderbitch. She released her debut studio album Jaime in 2019. Her work as a solo artist have earned her 7 Grammy Award nominations, as well as 4 wins from 9 nominations as part of Alabama Shakes.

Howard was born in Athens, Alabama to a white mother and African American father. The family house was in a junk yard, and once burned down due to a lightning strike. She learned to write poetry and play the piano from her older sister Jaime, who died from retinoblastoma in 1998; Howard got the same affliction but survived with partial blindness in one eye. Her parents split up soon after. She began playing the guitar at age 13, and later attended East Limestone High School, where she met future Alabama Shakes bassist Zac Cockrell. She worked for the United States Postal Service until becoming a full-time musician as lead singer of Alabama Shakes...

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