Jennifer Hudson

  • Date: September 12, 1981
  • Type: Person
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Jennifer Hudson is a Grammy Award-winning recording artist, Academy Award-winning actress and best-selling author. Bright and booming talent Hudson is a perfect example of how NOT winning the title of American Idol (2002) can actually be a boon to your career and not necessarily the end of a childhood dream. 
 
Hudson was born Jennifer Kate Hudson on September 12, 1981, in Chicago, Illinois, to Darnell Donnerson and Samuel Simpson. She earned minor attention as one of the twelve finalists on the third season of the FOX TV series in 2004. She came in an underwhelming sixth runner-up. Hudson grew up singing in gospel choirs, acting in community theater productions, singing on cruise ships and touring for in Disney's Hercules: The Musical. With no formal musical training, her gospel-tinged voice initially pleased the panel of judges. The songs were arguably ill-advised but evidence of her greatness peeked through at times. She, Fantasia Barrino and La Toya London were promoted as the show's own version of the Dreamgirls and were expected to be the final three standing in the competition when Jennifer was unexpectedly cut from the pack. Fantasia won the competition and all the glory and the fame.

Other Connections and Related Pop Culture

Television Commercials

MasterCard Commercial for 63rd Annual Grammy Awards (2021) - Shop, share & support Black women-owned businesses - Hudson

American Family Insurance Commercial

Shell Commercial

Smash Commercial

Smash Commercial

Weight Watchers PointsPlus Commercial

Weight Watchers PointsPlus Commercial

Movies

The Concert for Valor

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Sex and the City 2
part of Sex and the City

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Sex and the City
part of Sex and the City

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Dreamgirls

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Songs

Spotlight
performed by Glee Cast; features Amber Riley, Heather Morris, and Jenna Ushkowitz

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Television Episodes

 

Orange is the New Black:
Season:  5  / Episode:  5 
Sing It, White Effie

 

Dancing with the Stars:
Season:  19  / Episode:  14 
The Finals: Part 2

 

Smash:
Season:  2  / Episode:  1 
On Broadway

 

The Oprah Winfrey Show:
Season:  24  / Episode:  1 
Oprah's Season 24 Kickoff Party

 

United States of Tara:
Season:  1  / Episode:  3 
Work

Songs

Ain't No Mountain High Enough
performed by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell

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Believe
performed by Brooks & Dunn

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Best Day Of My Life
performed by American Authors

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Feeling Good
written by and

I Believe in You and Me
performed by Whitney Houston

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Lovely Day
performed by Bill Withers

Titanium
performed by David Guetta; features Sia

Television Commercials

Weight Watchers Commercial

Musicals

 

The Color Purple
composed by Allee Willis, Brenda Russell, and Stephen Bray; written by

Ain't No Mountain High Enough
performed by Jennifer Hudson

All Dressed in Love
performed by Jennifer Hudson

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Believe
performed by Jennifer Hudson

Believe
performed by Jennifer Hudson

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Feeling Good
performed by Jennifer Hudson

Go All Night
performed by Gorgon City; features Jennifer Hudson

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I Got Love
performed by Jennifer Hudson

Love Is Your Color
performed by Jennifer Hudson and Leona Lewis

Love You I Do
performed by Jennifer Hudson

Move
performed by Anika Noni Rose, Beyonce, and Jennifer Hudson

Proud Mary
performed by John Fogerty; features Allen Toussaint, Jennifer Hudson, and Rebirth Brass Band

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Spotlight
performed by Jennifer Hudson

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Think Like A Man
performed by Jennifer Hudson and Ne-Yo; features Rick Ross

Titanium
performed by Jennifer Hudson and Jessie J

 

The Color Purple
performed by Cynthia Erivo, Jennifer Hudson, and New Broadway Cast


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