Great shakes

Before she became a rock star, Brittany Howard had a different gig: She delivered mail.

Howard is lead singer and guitarist for Alabama Shakes, the group that won Grammy Awards this week for best alternative album, best rock performance and best rock song.

Howard, 28, previously worked as a rural carrier assistant in Athens, AL.

“When I sit back and think about how miraculous that all is … I’d say it’s more than gratifying: It’s surreal,” Howard told

Although Howard appreciates her success, she hasn’t forgotten her roots.

“I have so much respect for mail carriers,” Howard told Rolling Stone last year.