"R. Kelly was writing for me at the time, and I didn't even know it, and they just sent me this song. You don't want to get your hopes up too high of being able to work with someone like R. Kelly, and when they sent the song, they told me, 'Kelly put up a shrine of pictures of you to channel you, and he created this song.'"
-Former "American Idol" finalist and Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson, describing the process that lead to her recording the R. Kelly-penned track "Where You At" for her new album I Remember Me. Hudson said that when she finally tore into the song in the studio, she couldn't believe how well Kelly managed to capture her ideas and thoughts in a song.
"It was kind of creepy to me, because when I heard the song, I was like, 'Oh my god! ... He's, like, giving me me!" she explained to MTV News. "This is what I would do! This is something I would say.' And I hadn't even met him until after ... and I'm like, 'This is bizarre.'"
Kelly was one of a number of contributors to Hudson's new album, which hits the streets on Tuesday, March 22. The rest of Hudson's collaborators include Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz, Ryan Tedder, Rich Harrison and Salaam Remi. Hudson noted that her work with Keys was also very personal. "I must say that working with Alicia was my favorite sessions in the recording studio ever, and I think it was partly because ... it was a learning experience," she said. "She's just amazing to work with. We had such a good time together. ... It was an amazing, fun experience."