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Following her impressive run on American Idol and her stunning performance in Dreamgirls, Jennifer’s Hudson’s debut album as a soloist is the final test to prove to the public that she is the real deal. Jennifer Hudson passes with flying colors. Music biz newcomers are often awkwardly assigned to trendy, disposable tracks, but Hudson’s debut is overseen by master hitmakers like Ne-Yo, T-Pain, and Polow Da Don, and her album displays a surprisingly high-quality and wide-ranging array of musical backgrounds. Hudson sounds wholly at home on bouncing club songs (“Spotlight”), soaring ballads (“If This Isn’t Love”), and hip-hop (“My Heart”). These producers could have easily saved these tracks for their personal projects, but it’s not hard to see why they wanted to work with Hudson. Her voice invigorates songs like “We Gon’ Fight” with the same guts and determination that won her the Oscar. Timbaland is used to making his protégés sound better, but his brilliant track for “Pocketbook” actually feeds on Hudson’s irrepressible energy instead of the other way around.

Customer Reviews

Believe The Hype .....A Class Act!!!!

I have just picked up my copy of this CD today, after witing for what seems like ages. I am not dissapointed!!! The CD kicks off with the massive 'Spotlight' which unless you have been living in a cave you would have heard...& loved!!! There are a few uptempo songs on here such as 'Pocketbook', 'Spotlight' which still manage to be classy & mature sounding rather than brash & poppy!!! 'Can't Stop The Rain' is an amazing track, where Jennifers smooth vocals lace a beat heavy midtempo cut, this would probably be my favourite track from the album. If you are a fan of Soul, RnB, you need to own this CD......This lady is going to be massive......& so she should be !!!!

Good Debut But Wanted More POW!!

Fell in love with J.H's voice back when she was on American Idol and have followed here career ever since.. This debut album is good but I just wanted a bit more spark..I think Spotlight is a hard song to beat as it's so good.. Anyway it's worth a listen ...but just slightly more slower songs than I expected..

A Change In Direction

I first started following Jennifer Hudson's career when she was on American Idol, and then of course in the excellent film Dreamgirls. There's one thing for sure - she has one heck of a voice! On her debut album, we see her take a change of direction. Now I don't know about you, but I love her big songs - songs that she belts out with buckets full of raw emotion in her soulful uplifting voice. On her debut album she takes a different direction. There are still a few of those big powerful songs on this album, but mainly the album has more of a modern R&B/Soul sound, which to be honest loses that special something that made her voice stand out in the first place. I would say about 6 of the tracks on this album are excellent, the rest are pretty average, coming from a singer who could do so much better.


Born: 1981 in Chicago, IL

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Best known for her role as Effie White in the 2006 film version of the Broadway musical Dreamgirls, vocalist/actress Jennifer Hudson was first brought to the public's attention while a contestant on the third season of American Idol. Born in 1981 in Chicago, Illinois, Hudson sang from a young age, first performing in her church. Various talent shows and school musical productions followed until she eventually secured a role in a local Chicago production of the musical Big River. Prior to auditioning...
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