Jennifer Hudson won the hearts of the gay community (and an Academy Award) with 2006’s ‘Dreamgirls,’ playing underdog Effie White. Her first two solo albums following the movie, Jennifer Hudson and I Remember Me, showcased her vocals in a more subdued, traditional R&B environment. Her most recent album release, JHud, has taken the singer in a a new direction with something new to add to her repertoire: dance music diva.
I’ve always felt there’s been an element to Jennifer Hudson’s talent that’s been untapped; with the smooth disco and funk-inspired sounds of her new album JHud, it feels as thought that missed potential has finally been fulfilled. Jennifer hit the studio after finishing JHud with rising star producers Gorgon City for a track for their debut album, Sirens, out this past week. The production itself is catchy, although fairly similar to the likes of Duke Dumont and Disclosure. The real star of this song is Jennifer’s voice; her vocals shine brightly on this house track, reminiscent of other great house vocalists like Martha Wash and Robert Owens. Bonus fact: this track was co-written by another rising star, Kiesza.
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