Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson
Hudson performing at the 2018 Global Teacher Prize ceremony
BornJennifer Kate Hudson
(1981-09-12) September 12, 1981 (age 36)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Alma materLangston University
  • Singer
  • actress
  • spokeswoman
Years active2004–present
AwardsSee awards and nominations
Musical career
Years active2006–present
Associated actsNe-Yo

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, finishing seventh.

Hudson made her film debut portraying Effie White in Dreamgirls, for which she 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. Her 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.

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 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 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] Since 2017, Hudson has contributed as a coach on The Voice UK and The Voice. On the 2017 series of The Voice UK, she became the first female coach to win the UK version of the show.[6]

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.[7]

Early life

Hudson was born on September 12, 1981 in Chicago, Illinois.[8][9] She is the third and youngest child of Darnell Donnerson (November 7, 1950 – October 24, 2008)[10] and Samuel Simpson[11] (died 1999).[12] She was raised as a Baptist[13] in Englewood[14] and attended Dunbar Vocational High School, from which she graduated in 1999.[15] She cites Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, and Patti LaBelle as her overall biggest influences and inspiration.[16] 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.[17] 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.[18]

In January 2002, Hudson signed her first recording contract with Righteous Records, a Chicago-based independent record label.[19] 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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