Alabama Shakes’ former teachers follow band’s success

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LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - East Limestone High teachers have the DVRs set to record the Grammy award ceremony Monday night to catch their former students grace the stage.

"I said 'Can you believe your first gig was the talent show at East Limestone High School,'" laughed Jennifer Janzen, reflecting on a conversation she had with Brittany Howard, her former student and lead singer of Alabama Shakes.

The group of alumni met in Renea Clem's psychology class.

"In the album notes, there was a mention of psychology class," said Clem. "So it was just a personal 'oh I'm so proud of them' kind of thing."

"You can look at the kids and go, [Brittany] was just standing here, and you see them on stage, I cry every time," said Janzen.

She says the group remains down-to-earth, saying she never knows when she'll find members of the band in her basement playing guitar with her husband.

"What they have can't be taught. There's not much after the Grammys, it's a pretty big deal," she smiled.

The quartet's second album Sound & Color is up for the coveted album of the year award, best alternative album, best rock song and best rock performance.

They will also be performing at the awards show.

You can catch the Grammys on WHNT at 7 Monday night.

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