New Release & Video: Brittany Howard – Stay High

Photo Credit: Danny Clinch

Brittany Howard has unveiled “Stay High,” the soulful first single from her debut solo album, Jaime, and the accompanying video, which follows a father in the moments after his shift at a factory

Envisioning Terry Crews in the lead role, Howard wrote him a letter to ask if he would consider starring in the video, and he graciously accepted her offer!

Take a watch below…

Brittany teamed up with director Kim Gehrig to shoot “Stay High.” Howard also dedicated the “Stay High” video to her father, K.J. Howard, who makes a cameo appearance. Marking her first-ever appearance in a music video, Brittany can also be spotted in the clip

“This video is shot in my home town of Athens, Alabama. The actors are my family and friends,” says Brittany Howard. “Terry Crews plays a man who isn’t out to change the world, he plays a man who just wants to come home to those who understand and love him best. We see his inner beauty, grace and humanity in a place that is so often misunderstood”

Terry Crews recalls: “I got an email from the Brittany Howard, asking me to be a part of a song she wrote that was all about her dad and how special he was to the family. And she poured her heart out in this letter. I couldn’t believe it, Brittany was like, ‘we can shoot it in L.A.,’ and I said, ‘No, I’m coming to you, we’re going to Alabama. We’re going to where you grew up, to where your family is”

Jaime, set for a September 20th release, 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 – read a statement below…

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”

Tickets are on sale now for Howard’s first live tour dates, including shows in London, Paris, Amsterdam, and Bilbao. See all dates listed below…

8/17 – Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
8/18 – Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
8/19 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
8/23 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
8/24 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
8/29 – London @ UKEartH
9/2 – Amsterdam @ NLParadiso
9/4 – Paris @ FRAlhambra
9/18 – Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater
9/19 – St. Paul, MN @ Palace Theatre
9/20 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
9/22 – Toronto, ON @ Rebel
9/24 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
9/25 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
9/27 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
10/5 – Austin, TX @ ACL Festival
10/8 – Los Angeles, CA @ Theatre at Ace Hotel
10/9 – Los Angeles, CA @ Theatre at Ace Hotel
10/12 – Austin, TX @ ACL Festival
10/13 – Atlanta, GA @ AfroPunk Festival