​Howard Turned Down X-Factor Audition For Loyalty

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November 20, 2012
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Brittany Howard, lead singer of the rock band “Alabama Shakes,” said she decided to remain loyal to her bandmates and turned down an invitation by talent searchers to audition for FOX’s X-Factor.

“Alabama Shakes” is an American rock band that was formed in Athens, Alabama in 2009, and along with Howard performing lead vocals the band consists of guitarist Heath Fogg, bassist Zac Cockrell, and drummer Steve Johnson.

The band got its first television debut on February 7, 2012 on “Conan” where they performed their first single, “Hold On” and a web-exclusive performance of “I Ain’t the Same.”

Now in an interview with The Independent, Brittany Howard reveals that talent searchers for the X-Factor sought her out and asked her to audition for the singing competition several times, but she turned them down.

“They heard of us through the internet and started sending me emails which kept going into my spam folder,” Howard explained. “One day [the talent searcher] called me to ask and I told her, ‘No, I’m not going to do that.’ She was like, ‘Are you sure about that?’ and I said, ‘Yeah, I’m sure. I have something going on now that I believe in and want to stick to.’ She was shocked.”

Howard said even before the band received a record deal, when they were struggling, she did not consider auditioning for the show. She says that various band members were working day jobs with the postal service, nuclear power plant, and as house painters.

“It’s not fair,” she said of the show. “You go out there, people gawk at you, they love you or hate you and it doesn’t mean anything to them but it means the world to you. So it’s kind of a f***ed-up show. I would never do it.”

The band’s first full length album, Boys and Girls, was made available to be streamed live in its entirety on April 1, 2012. In June 2012, the band played a closing set for the first night of the 2012 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival.