JHUD has a new home.
After lighting up the BET Awards stage with her rousing Prince tribute on Sunday (Jun. 26), Jennifer Hudson has signed a new deal with Epic Records.
That’s not all, however. In more big news, L.A. Reid and Clive Davis are on board as executive producers for her upcoming album, marking their first collaboration since Whitney Houston’s The Bodyguard soundtrack in 1992.
Reid was excited to welcome Hudson to the Epic family, which includes Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez, and Fifth Harmony. “Jennifer Hudson is the defining voice of this generation,” he said in a statement. “Her award-winning presence on records, in film, and on stage establishes her as one of the premiere artists to emerge in this century. I’m enjoying collaborating with my friend and mentor Clive Davis on Jennifer’s first Epic album and excited for her fans to hear what we’re up to…all will be revealed soon!”
Davis was equally thrilled. “I signed Jennifer in 2007 believing her to be the strongest candidate as the next generation’s Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston,” he said. “She has become that, as L.A. and I excitingly reunite to capture Jennifer at her all time best.”
Meanwhile, JHUD is ready to launch this 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!”
Hudson has released three albums in her career. Her self-titled 2008 debut and her 2011 effort I Remember Me were unleashed through Arista, while 2014’s JHUD dropped on RCA. There is no set release date for her first album on Epic yet.