5 Reasons Why You Need to Stop Ignoring Jennifer Hudson

By Patrick DeMarco

Sigh…okay kids, I’m not gonna lie, today’s “5 Reasons Why” topic was a little bit hard to write. Not only am I writing about a talented music artist that no one seems to get excited about anymore, but this is also on how that same artist is on the verge of entering “Forgot-About-Friday” world. Yes, the diva-in -distress is Ms. Jennifer Hudson, who’s been doing some incredible things in music these days, but sadly…no one seems to be paying attention to her. With that being said, this travesty absolutely needs to end, so I came up with 5 reasons why you guys need to stop and pay some music respect to the incredibly talented, JHud. Dive into my convincing case below…

1.She’s top diva at this year’s Cincinnati Music Festival….

Yesterday it was announced that Jennifer is set to headline the 2015 Cincinnati Music Festival which will also feature R&B staples the O’Jay’s, Maxwell and Maze featuring Frankie Beverly. The two-day annual baby makin’ music extravaganza will return to Cincinatti’s Paul Brown stadium the weekend of July 24th-25th, and consumer goods giant Procter & Gamble Co. will be sponsoring the event. While it may not be the behemoth that Madonna’s ‘Rebel Heart’ tour is about to be, the festival still attracts more than 50, 000 people across the country, who will all be coming to see Ms. Jennifer destroy the sound system…and that’s saying something. If you guys have the urge to check it out, you can go right here. I have a feeling that it may be worth your diva coins…

2. Her latest release ‘JHud’ is amazing…..and no one cares…

Last year, one of Philly Mixtape’s favorite albums of the year was ‘JHud,’ the dreamy third album from Ms. Hudson. Since its release last fall, the brilliant set has sadly sold only 61, 000 copies…and I say….Wtf? Not only is ‘JHud’ Jennifer’s best work yet, she also teamed up with top-notch collaborators Timbaland, R.Kelly and Pharrell for a good portion of the record, creating grooved out ’70s and ’80s inspired jams laced with light disco riffs and sultry diva vocal stylings, built to perfection by Ms. J Hud. If  you’re looking for a solid pop/R&B album, this is the one that you need to add to your collection right away. If albums cuts “Walk It Out,” “I Can’t Describe,” “Dangerous” and “Bring Back the Music” don’t set the mood for you, then all music hope is lost for you, my friend…

 

3.She’s musically tight with explosive UK dance production duo Gorgon City…

If you haven’t heard “Go All Night,” the blazing banger with Jennifer soaring on top of UK’s beat wizards Gorgon City’s disco kissed beat, you are truly missing out on some satisfying music lovin.’ However, that’s only a small slice of this dreamy music matchup. The trio also worked together on ‘JHud,’ creating a dazzling rewerk of the Andrea Martin classic jam, “I Still Love You,” taking its smooth original form to angelic new music heights. The new found music BFF’s have also done a serving of overseas radio interviews, most notably performing on BBC Radio Live, where they joined music forces to bump their strobe lit sonnet. You can dive in below, and if you want to check out the whimsical work of Gorgon City, go right here. Trust me, you’ll be glad you did.

4.She’s still got THAT voice….

Whether on a slick-and-tasty R&B music treat or a glow stick groove, Jennifer’s still got that voice that is custom made for any kind of beat you throw her way. We also know that she kills any live performance she takes on, proving that just last month at the Grammys, also with her infamous ‘Dreamgirls’ Oscar performance with Bey and..sigh…her haunting rendition of “I Will Always Love You” at the Grammys the weekend that Whitney Houston died. THAT voice also equals true talent, which is (sadly) something that gets lost a lot in pop radio these days…..are you paying attention yet?

 

5.Because she has an Academy Award and you don’t….

Need I say more?

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