Just days after bricking the house at the BET Awards with her Prince tribute, Oscar ® and Grammy ® winner Jennifer Hudson is making another statement. The Chicago- native is moving from the house of Clive and Arista/J Records/RCA and signed a new and exclusive lease (contract) with Epic Records according to Epic Chairman and CEO L.A. Reid.
“Jennifer Hudson is the defining voice of this generation,” Reid said. “Her award-winning presence on records, in film, and on stage establishes her as one of the premiere artists to emerge in this century. I’m enjoying collaborating with my friend and mentor Clive Davis on Jennifer’s first Epic album and excited for her fans to hear what we’re up to… all will be revealed soon!”
As noted by Reid, he is co-executive producing the album with Sony Music Entertainment CCO Clive Davis, marking the first time the pair have worked together on a project in nearly 25 years since the Arista/LaFace glory days and their legendary collaboration on Whitney Houston’s 1992 soundtrack to The Bodyguard.
Hudson adds, she is” eager to get to work on the next phase of her career. I couldn’t be more excited to embark on this new chapter with two of the most prolific musical legends of this generation,” she said. “There is no doubt that this is just the beginning of a very special collaboration and I know that the result will be something unforgettable. I am looking forward to the creative process and sharing new music very soon!”
Simon Cowell has had to eat crow many times after apologizing and admitting he was wrong about Jennifer when he told her “you’re out of your depth in this competition.” Simon continues to have several seats and J-Hud continues to slay!!