Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes is continuing the hype of her upcoming debut solo album with the single “Stay High,” released on Tuesday (July 16).
The accompanying video stars Terry Crews as a father in the moments after his shift at a factory in Alabama, where Howard grew up. Howard wrote him a personal letter to ask if he would consider starring in the video, and of course, he accepted her offer.
“This video is shot in my home town of Athens, Alabama. The actors are my family and friends,” the songstress said of the clip. “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.”
“It’s my first time making decisions on my own, being the captain of the ship,” she continued of her new solo venture. “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 will also be heading out on a fall North American tour, which kicks off August 17 in North Carolina and stretches through Oct. 13 in Altanta, Georgia. Find tickets here.
“Stay High” will be featured on Howard’s debut album, Jaime, out Sept. 30 and available for pre-order.
Watch the new video below.