Jennifer Hudson is feeling good, and why shouldn’t she be?
The “American Idol” alum-turned-Oscar winning actress is starting off 2014 with a bang. Earlier this month, Hudson was honored with a humanitarian award at the 2014 People’s Choice Awards and on Thursday (January 23) the music video for her latest single officially hit YouTube. She’ll perform “I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel)” featuring T.I., for a music industry who’s-who at Clive Davis’ annual pre-Grammy bash on Saturday.
Sitting down with Davis for an interview with MTV News, Hudson described her forthcoming third studio set as a “feel-good” record.
“I think it’s more of a feeling, more than a genre, and I’ve had the pleasure of working with Pharrell and Timbaland, and I love their process,” she said. “They allow you to express yourself musically as an artist, as a writer, in every way. It’s been a lot of fun.”
Of the lead single, Hudson says, “you listen to it and it’ll make you happy!”
Davis is aiming for a spring release of Hudson’s next album, telling MTV News that he is continually impressed with her ability to grow as an artist.
“She’s a really well deservedly respected motion picture star but her passion is music,” said Davis. “To see her really understand what made Aretha Franklin timeless, to hear her talk about the influence of Whitney Houston on her life and music is one thing, but then to watch her with Pharrell, to watch her take a Timbaland song, work it out and make it her own in a different way than you’ve ever heard before, there is no question there is continued growth in Jennifer.”
So what can we expect from Hudson’s as-yet-untitled album?
“It’s colorful,” she said. “It’s very uplifting and it’s different — very different.”