Jennifer Hudson Premieres New R. Kelly-Produced Single, Sophomore Album Drops in March
Jennifer Hudson is back in a big way. Her new R. Kelly-written single, "Where You At," premiered on January 24th and it's a stunning piece of R&B magic - a powerful comeback for a talented young lady who's been through quite a lot these past couple of years. "Where You At" is the first song to be lifted off the American Idol alum's sophomore album, I Remember Me, out March 22nd on Arista Records.
The title of the album, I Remember Me," comes from a poem written by Hudson, transformed into a beautiful song co-written by Ryan Tedder (Leona Lewis, Kelly Clarkson). In addition to Tedder, and R. Kelly Hudson collaborated with superstars and hit-songwriters including Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz, Rich Harrison, Ne-Yo and Stargate. Sounds like a very promising follow up to a very successful debut.
“I’m excited about this album because it’s almost like a renewal for me, reflected through the chapters of my life,” comments Jennifer. “I’ve called it ‘I Remember Me’ because of the journey I’ve been on. I’ve learned that life constantly surprises you, no matter your plans. My fans have been so loyal, I feel like they have been on this journey with me and I can’t wait for them to hear the new album.”Hudson's first album peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200 as well as the R&B chart. Her first single, the Ne-Yo/Stargate-produced "Spotlight" peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop SongsBillboard Hot Dance Club Play chart, #8 on the chart and #24 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. As successful as her first Grammy Award-winning album was, there's always room for growth. According to Clive Davis, Chief Creative Officer of Sony Music Entertainment, her second album delivers and then some, securing Hudson as one of the great vocalists of our time.
"Jennifer is the voice of the new generation and she literally soars on her second album ‘I Remember Me.’ Jennifer fulfills all of her promise and all of the prophesies that she will be on that short list of great vocalists of our time."That's quite the vote of confidence from a man who knows his shit. The song is a masterclass in R&B balladry, showcasing Hudson's strength as a powerhouse vocalist. The range, the emotion, the sheer power of her voice all come through in "Where You At." So glad to have Jennifer back doing what she does. Jennifer Husdson's latest movie, Winnie, about the life of Winnie Mandela is currently in post-production and is expected out sometime this year.
Itchin' for new Jennifer Hudson music? Well after you listen to "Where You At" below why not go and download Jennifer's rendition of "Feelin' Good," recorded for Weight Watchers.