If you have Alabama Shakes tickets, and you happen to know nothing about the band except their smash hit single "Hold On," you might be in for a surprise when they take the stage. Alabama Shakes lead singer isn't a dude singing falsetto. To be precise, Alabama Shakes vocalist is the amazing Brittany Howard. Her soulful voice is the primary ingredient in the band's southern rock-, blues rock-, and country rock-sound.
Anchored by the aforementioned single "Hold On," Alabama Shakes debut album, Boys & Girls, dropped April 9, 2012 and was eventually certified gold. The highly acclaimed album peaked at number six on the Billboard 200 and earned the Shakes appearances on Conan, The Late Show with David Letterman, and Saturday Night Live. In 2013, the Shakes were nominated for three Grammy Awards including Best New Artist. By the way, Howard's bandmates are bassist Zac Cockrell, guitarist Heath Fogg, and drummer Steve Johnson.