Jennifer Hudson Dishes On New Album, Return To ‘Empire,’ & More

Published: Wednesday 28th Sep 2016 by Rashad

If you thought Jennifer Hudson‘s absence from news headlines was indication she wasn’t busy, you couldn’t be more mistaken.

As she preps for her leading role in NBC’s ‘Hairspray Live!’ (December 7th) and hitting the judges’ bench for ‘The Voice UK,’ the Grammy-winning diva is also reportedly hard at work preparing for her role in Adam Sandler’s Netflix project ‘Sandy Wexler.’  But, fans of Hudson’s claim to fame – music – needn’t worry they’ll be neglected much longer.

After her 2014 “self-titled” project, ‘JHud,’ was met with mixed critical review (and poor commercial reception), the powerhouse singer is finally ready for redemption via her yet-titled fourth LP.  Taking to Billboard, Hudson recently delivered an update on the project and her other dealings.

It’s all inside:

Via Billboard:

“Segueing from Broadway to live television in Hairspray Live!: When I did my Broadway debut, I thought opening night was terrifying. With live, anything goes and anything can happen. And now I’m going to take it to television. I’m excited and terrified at the same time.

Collaborating with Clive Davis and L.A. Reid:  We haven’t really started the process yet due to all the other projects I have going on, but we had our first initial meeting together. I do want to be more involved. I feel that up until this point, I’ve only been treated as a vocalist and not as an artist. Like with Dreamgirls, that was the character of Effie White with Jennifer’s voice. I’m in the space now to explore my artistry. It’s my turn to have my own voice and tell my own story. I feel that’s been the missing element. I can sing anything. But what do I have to say? So I’ll definitely be doing more writing and focusing more on the piano.


Producers/songwriters she’s eyeing: One is definitely Mali Music, hands down. If it’s up to me, he’ll be one of the main producers. which I’m sure will happen. I want Babyface as well. But I also want some old-school like Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson.

Her character Michelle White’s possible return to Empire: If I can get back to Chicago enough, maybe [laughs]. It’s like as soon as I get a show that’s in my hometown that I can just ride up the street to get to, then I’ve got to go off to Broadway and now Los Angeles. But if they call, I will answer. I would like to see Michelle come back. I think a lot of people would. Michelle was Andre Lyon’s musical therapist and also signed to Lucious’ label. That’s where it left off. And from the last cliffhanger I saw, it looks like Andre’s going to need a therapist again.”


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  1. ANTMO September 28, 2016

    good for her shes been doing her thing since 06 it would be nice to hear how the dreamgirls would sound today with the same cast especially with the finale song

  2. TROSE September 28, 2016

    its her 4th album FYI

  3. Fancy BISH September 28, 2016

    “I want Babyface as well. But I also want some old-school like Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson.” -JHud
    Yaas! *Does cartwheel like Gabby Douglas*

  4. IKNOWTHETRUTH September 28, 2016


    • king z September 29, 2016

      umm if she named the album “jhud” and her name is “jhud” doesn’t that make it self-titled?

      yeah jhud ain’t her gov. name, but it’s still her name lol.

      • Sam September 29, 2016

        Her name is Jennifer Hudson. It’s like if Jennifer Lopez called her first album Jennifer Lopez and her third JLO, or Brandy her first Brandy and her 3rd Brocka.

      • King z September 29, 2016

        Britney Spears has an album called “Britney spears” and an album called “britney Jean”…

        Both of them are self titled.
        J.lo is a self titled album.

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  6. Danzou September 29, 2016

    Lol I liked jhud but people don’t want black people doing black things. When bruno released uptown funk people lived it cuz he’s basically white. A dark skin short haired black woman isn’t attractive enough in America sadly.

  7. Tim Brown September 29, 2016

    Excited! 🙂

  8. Paulo September 29, 2016

    Adam Sandler… oooh God that better be a big paycheck, miss. I like how she’s well aware of her limitations (ie vocalist but not an artist so far) and I hope she brings it!

  9. Bitchpleaseeeeee September 29, 2016

    I loved her on empire. #Letspray🙏🏽

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