Jennifer Hudson: Down to Earth Diva

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New CD: JHud out Sept. 23

At only 32 years old, Jennifer Hudson has amassed an impressive collection of 39 awards, including an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress (Dreamgirls). But she hasn't let it go to her head. Hudson, who's joyous spirit is infectious, keeps her feet planted firmly on the ground beneath her.

Hudson spoke to SFGN for a few minutes before the release of her next studio album JHud on September 23.

How do you maintain the power and strength in your voice?

I wish I could tell you that I do something for it, but I really don't have a regimen, my voice has always been that way. It's a muscle. I do keep a humidifier around.

Can you describe how it felt to win an Oscar, or any of the other multiple awards you've won?

These things are still a thrill to this day. I already made it so far, I would never have thought I'd win. It's a lot to take in.

People have a perception of you as a diva!

People think 'she's so serious!’ I'm not like that! I'm human first, a person. I like people to feel comfortable around me, I'm not an Oscar, I'm a person.

You've cited Patti LaBelle as being among your musical influences. How did it feel to share a stage with her?

I think that was at the GLAAD Awards. I will never forget it, I was presenting, she starting to sing, then she gave the mike back to me. Oh God, those moments are so special. I grew up on Patti, and on Aretha Franklin, so to be able to sing with them, wow! This is too much!

You seem to get a lot of joy out of your work.

I do! It's such a pleasure to be able to do what I do. I love to be able to meet the people I love and too work with them. Pressure comes with it, it stresses you out. You do it because you love it.

What do you hope to convey with JHud?

To be me, I wanted to express myself musically. To show my artistry, my growth. It's the overall experience of who I am. Come celebrate with me.

JHud is now available for pre-order. It will be released on September 23.

 


Greg Kabel

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