Vocalist Brittany Howard made a big decision to put the hugely successful Alabama Shakes on hiatus in order to record a solo album. Turning 30 years old, she wanted to make something that was fully her own. She rented a house in Topanga Canyon, embraced vulnerability and dug into her past for meaningful songs. Her solo album “Jamie” came out last September and she’s been touring Europe and the U.S. since. Howard heads into Grammy week with two nominations.