As noted by Reid, he is co-executive producing the album with Sony Music Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Clive Davis, marking the first time the pair have worked together on a project in nearly 25 years. The last time they collaborated was on Whitney Houston's record-smashing 1992 soundtrack to The Bodyguard.
"I signed Jennifer in 2007 believing her to be the strongest candidate as the next generation's Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston," Davis said. "She has become that, as LA and I excitingly reunite to capture Jennifer at her all time best." Hudson, who wowed the crowd on Sunday night at the BET Awards with her soaring rendition of Prince's "Purple Rain," said she was eager to get to work on the next phase of her career.
"I couldn’t be more excited to embark on this new chapter with two of the most prolific musical legends of this generation," she said. "There is no doubt that this is just the beginning of a very special collaboration and I know that the result will be something unforgettable. I am looking forward to the creative process and sharing new music very soon!”
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After finishing seventh on the third season of American Idol in 2004, Hudson won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her portrayal of Effie White in the 2006 film adaptation of Dreamgirls and released her self-titled debut album in 2008. She followed up with 2011's I Remember Me and 2014's JHUD.