Jennifer Hudson is glammed up for the January 2014 issue of Essence magazine.
The Black Nativity star chatted with the magazine about her upcoming album, her new outlook on life and more.
On her new view on life since turning the big 3-0:
“I spent my twenties figuring out what I wanted to do, and trying everything. But by 30, my foundation was set. I became confident and clear about the path I wanted to take… Now I’ve really settled into myself. And I’m stronger than I’ve ever been.”
On her singing career:
“I learned that I am a musician and I am an artist, and they are two different things completely. It’s one thing to be a musician, where as before I was just a vocalist. Now I’m tapping into myself being a musician and an artist. So I feel like you will find that on this next album.”
On her upcoming album:
“The Jennifer sound is still very soulful and very musician and driven I must say. The music feels like live band, full of tracks. And as far as personality, I feel like it’s more of me coming through since I’ve been writing more. So you’re hearing more from my perspective more so than from someone writing for me and telling me to sing. It’s more like my expression as a person and as a musician as well. And this time around it’s more about lifting people up more so than ‘I’m going to sing you this song and sing it to perfection’ but again it’s more about lifting everyone up.”
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In this new interview, the actress dishes on her new movie, Black Nativity and how life has been since her time on American Idol.
On her Oscar win:
“I didn’t know what the Oscars was. Where we come from, we don’t know anything about that world. If you see it on TV, it’s like, ‘Oh, people in fancy suits and ties.’ Jamie Foxx [her co-star] was like, ‘You know you’re going to win an Oscar?’ I didn’t pay him any attention. I was hired to do a job. That’s all I knew. ”
On her life post American Idol:
“It is so bizarre to me to say, ‘OK, let me go email Alicia [Keys], let me go email Beyonce, let me go talk to Oprah…’ For so long I sat and admire them; now I’m among them. What I feel about people you never heard from again is that they get too caught up in the hype. They think that just getting here is making it. No, it’s not making it. It’s like a losing-weight situation: it’s one thing to lose it, it’s another to keep it off. Well, it’s one thing to make it, but it’s another thing to stay. [That is] why you have to constantly do stuff to keep people’s attention. It’s a hustle, it really is.”
On her upcoming new movie Black Nativity:
“I turned down I don’t know how many [musicals]. What drew me to this is that it’s a holiday film: I’m a holiday fanatic. It’s uplifting – we don’t have enough of that in the world.”