Jennifer Hudson is one serious live vocalist. The Oscar winner killed it performing tracks from her new album I Remember Me this week at the Ivy Club. I stood with the likes of Paloma Faith, Lisa Snowdon, Keisha Buchanan, Richard Arnold and Erin O’Connor and we all agreed she was ridiculously terrific on stage. She even belted out the Dreamgirls anthem And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going. A real moment….
I met the singer and actress after her four song set and she told me she was thrilled to perform in the UK. “There is just such an amazing buzz in the UK about my music and I love that,” she said. “I’m most proud of this album and I love singing live. Performing in a small venue like this was crazy good.”
The star has just finished playing Winnie Mandela in the film of Nelson Mandela’s life and early signs say Jen could bag her second Oscar for this role. She said: “I just don’t feel pressure when people start talking Oscars. That’s so far away. But I am proud of the new film. If I’m honest Dreamgirls was a dream role, playing Winnie Mandela has been an emotionally draining role from start to finish. My ultimate role would be playing the queen of soul Aretha Franklin. That’s what I’d truly love to do. It would be a once in a lifetime opportunity – but we’ll see what happens.” That would be epic!