Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson
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Hudson at Barnes & Noble in Skokie, Illinois, on January 17, 2012
Born Jennifer Kate Hudson
(1981-09-12) September 12, 1981 (age 36)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Education
Alma mater Langston University
Occupation
  • Singer
  • actress
  • spokeswoman
Years active 2004–present
Partner(s)
Children 1
Awards See awards and nominations
Musical career
Genres
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2006–present
Labels
Associated acts Ne-Yo
Website jenniferhudson.com

Jennifer Kate Hudson (born September 12, 1981) is an American singer, actress and spokesperson. [1] She rose to fame in 2004 as a finalist on the third season of American Idol, coming in seventh place.

As an actress, she made her film debut portraying Effie White in Dreamgirls, for which she gained worldwide acclaim and won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actress. She also appeared in Sex and the City, The Secret Life of Bees, and Black Nativity. She has made numerous television appearances, including guest roles on Smash, Empire, and Inside Amy Schumer. In 2015, she made her Broadway debut in the role of Shug Avery in the revival of The Color Purple.

As a singer, Hudson has released three studio albums. Her debut album Jennifer Hudson, released in 2008, debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 and was certified gold by the RIAA, with sales exceeding a million copies worldwide. The record was nominated for four Grammy Awards, winning the 2009 Grammy Award for Best R&B Album. Her second album I Remember Me, released in 2011, also debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 and was certified gold by the RIAA. Her third and most recent album JHUD peaked in the top ten and featured the Grammy-nominated track " It's Your World". She also became the principal singer of The Color Purple musical album, which earned her the 2017 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album.

In October 2008, Hudson stepped out of the public eye for three months after her mother, brother, and nephew were killed in a shooting. She resumed her public appearances in 2009, with high-profile performances at Super Bowl XLIII, the Grammy Awards, American Idol, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. [2] Hudson has been described as a friend of former President Barack Obama, who invited her to appear with him at a fundraiser in Beverly Hills during his first term in May 2009. [3] She also performed at the White House at the "Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement" event. [4] In 2013, she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. [5] In 2016, Hudson was announced as a coach on the 2017 series of The Voice UK, where she became the first female coach to win. [6] The following year, Hudson was announced as a coach on the thirteenth season of the U.S. version of The Voice. [7]

On January 27, 2018, Clive Davis, who signed Hudson and promoted her as the new Whitney Houston and Aretha Franklin following her departure from American Idol, disclosed that Hudson had been handpicked by Franklin to portray her in an upcoming bio-pic. [8]

Early life

Hudson was born on September 12, 1981 in Chicago, Illinois. [9] [10] She is the third and youngest child of Darnell Donnerson (November 7, 1950 – October 24, 2008) [11] and Samuel Simpson [12] (died 1999). [13] She was raised as a Baptist [14] in Englewood [15] and attended Dunbar Vocational High School, from which she graduated in 1999. [16] She cites Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, and Patti LaBelle as her overall biggest influences and inspiration. [17] At age 7 she got her start in performing by singing with the church choir and doing community theater with the help of her late maternal grandmother, Julia. [18] She enrolled at Langston University but she left after a semester due to homesickness and unhappiness with the weather, and registered at Kennedy–King College. [19]

In January 2002, Hudson signed her first recording contract with Righteous Records, a Chicago-based independent record label. [20] She was released from her five-year contract with Righteous Records so that she could appear on American Idol in 2004.

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