Brittany Howard has unveiled “He Loves Me”, the third single taken from her debut solo album, Jaime, and the accompanying live video, directed by friend and collaborator Danny Clinch at Sound Emporium in Nashville.
Watch the live video for “He Loves Me” below…
The soulful, slow-burning track offers up a frank reflection on the unconditional nature of God’s love. While confessing she’s not a churchgoer, Howard punctuates the song with samples from a sermon by Reverend Terry K. Anderson, a Houston-based pastor she discovered on YouTube.
“‘He Loves Me’ is a very important track on my record. It is a song I deeply want to share to help others realise loving and being loved by God doesn’t have to look the same for everyone,” says Brittany Howard.
“When my older sister passed away, it took its toll on our family. We grew apart from one another and therefore, we grew apart from our family church. I thought God had intended to hurt us or punish us, but I later realised that I found God in music and I found God in my voice. I learned that He always had a plan for myself and my family. That is what ‘He Loves Me’ is about. It is my greatest realization that He has never left me. All those years that I had turned away, I was still receiving His absolute love and forgiveness.”
Howard will support the album with a North American tour and three shows in Europe including a night at London’s Hackney EartH on 29th August. See all dates listed below…
19th August | Nashville, TN | Ryman Auditorium
23rd August | Washington, DC | 9:30 Club
24th August | Washington, DC | 9:30 Club
29th August | London | Hackney EartH
2nd September | Amsterdam | Paradiso
4th September | Paris | Alhambra
18th September | Milwaukee, WI | Riverside Theater
19th September | St. Paul, MN | Palace Theatre
20th September | Chicago, IL | Riviera Theatre
22nd September | Toronto, ON | Rebel
24th September | New York, NY | Beacon Theatre
25th September | Boston, MA | House of Blues
27th September | Philadelphia, PA | The Fillmore
5th October | Austin, TX | ACL Festival
8th October | Los Angeles, CA | Theatre at Ace Hotel
9th October | Los Angeles, CA | Theatre at Ace Hotel
12th October | Austin, TX | ACL Festival
13th October | Atlanta, GA | AfroPunk Festival
Jaime, set for September 20th release on ATO Records is titled after Howard’s sister, who taught her to play the piano and write poetry, and who died of cancer when they were still teenagers.
Howard’s collaborators included engineer Shawn Everett and the core group of musicians she assembled to record Jaime: Alabama Shakes bassist Zac Cockrell, jazz-based keyboard player Robert Glasper and drummer Nate Smith. As the first project to come out under her own name, the album represents an enormous step both musically and personally.
“It’s my first time making decisions on my own, being the captain of the ship,” she says. “It brings up existential questions—why am I here, why do I do this? People think that touring in a band is super-fun, and it can be, but nothing about it is normal. You miss out on a lot of stuff, so I need to make sure I’m doing it for the right reasons.”
Howard’s band includes drummer Nate Smith and bassist Zac Cockrell (founding member of Alabama Shakes) who both also played on Jaime, keyboardist Paul Horton (Alabama Shakes), guitarists Alex Chakour (Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings) and Brad Allen Williams (José James, CeCe Winans) plus Alabama Shakes’ background vocalists Lloyd Buchanan (who also plays keys), Karita Law and Shanay Johnson.