Jennifer Hudson Signs to Arista Records

Buzzed About Oscar Contender for 'Dreamgirls' Will Record With Clive Davis



Nov 27, 2006, 00:00 ET from Arista Records

    NEW YORK, Nov. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Former American Idol competitor and
 Dreamgirls co-star Jennifer Hudson has been signed to Arista Records, which
 since its inception has been home to an illustrious group of award-winning
 mega-star female artists including Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Dionne
 Warwick, Annie Lennox, Sarah McLachlan, Dido and others. Hudson will head
 into the studio next year to begin recording her debut album.
     Life imitates art imitating life -- or vice versa -- as Hudson delivers
 an Oscar-contending role as 'Effie' in the big-screen version of
 Dreamgirls. The vivacious young talent broke viewers' hearts when she was
 voted out of the 2004 season of the wildly popular FOX TV series American
 Idol -- but Hudson's time away from the spotlight was short, as she
 subsequently edged out nearly 800 hopefuls to win the role of 'Effie' in
 the DreamWorks/Paramount production of Dreamgirls, scheduled to open
 Christmas Day (starring Beyonce and Jamie Foxx).
     "Jennifer is a vocal wonder, a tremendously gifted artist," said Clive
 Davis, Arista founder and BMG U.S. Chairman. "Her extraordinary voice gives
 her a signature sound and distinguishes her from every singer on the
 horizon today. Jennifer is a very exciting new addition to the Arista
 family."
     "Clive Davis is a legend and I feel more than honored to be associated
 with him," Jennifer said. "Because of his vision and hands on approach,
 Arista already feels like home. I can't wait for us all to make beautiful
 music together."
     25-year old Chicago native Hudson honed her skills singing in church,
 where she brought the congregation to its feet week after week with her
 soul- stirring solo performances, inspired by her late maternal
 grandmother. Hudson's talent was nurtured in talent shows and musical
 productions during her school years, culminating in her first professional
 role, in a local production of the musical Big River: The Adventures of
 Huckleberry Finn. In 2002, Hudson charmed thousands of vacationers from all
 over the world when she showcased her four-octave vocal range as a featured
 singer on the Disney Wonder cruise ship. The next chapter of her career
 unfolded two years later on American Idol, as Jennifer Hudson took a giant
 step closer to her most challenging new role -- as Arista's most promising
 new recording artist.
 
 

SOURCE Arista Records
    NEW YORK, Nov. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Former American Idol competitor and
 Dreamgirls co-star Jennifer Hudson has been signed to Arista Records, which
 since its inception has been home to an illustrious group of award-winning
 mega-star female artists including Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Dionne
 Warwick, Annie Lennox, Sarah McLachlan, Dido and others. Hudson will head
 into the studio next year to begin recording her debut album.
     Life imitates art imitating life -- or vice versa -- as Hudson delivers
 an Oscar-contending role as 'Effie' in the big-screen version of
 Dreamgirls. The vivacious young talent broke viewers' hearts when she was
 voted out of the 2004 season of the wildly popular FOX TV series American
 Idol -- but Hudson's time away from the spotlight was short, as she
 subsequently edged out nearly 800 hopefuls to win the role of 'Effie' in
 the DreamWorks/Paramount production of Dreamgirls, scheduled to open
 Christmas Day (starring Beyonce and Jamie Foxx).
     "Jennifer is a vocal wonder, a tremendously gifted artist," said Clive
 Davis, Arista founder and BMG U.S. Chairman. "Her extraordinary voice gives
 her a signature sound and distinguishes her from every singer on the
 horizon today. Jennifer is a very exciting new addition to the Arista
 family."
     "Clive Davis is a legend and I feel more than honored to be associated
 with him," Jennifer said. "Because of his vision and hands on approach,
 Arista already feels like home. I can't wait for us all to make beautiful
 music together."
     25-year old Chicago native Hudson honed her skills singing in church,
 where she brought the congregation to its feet week after week with her
 soul- stirring solo performances, inspired by her late maternal
 grandmother. Hudson's talent was nurtured in talent shows and musical
 productions during her school years, culminating in her first professional
 role, in a local production of the musical Big River: The Adventures of
 Huckleberry Finn. In 2002, Hudson charmed thousands of vacationers from all
 over the world when she showcased her four-octave vocal range as a featured
 singer on the Disney Wonder cruise ship. The next chapter of her career
 unfolded two years later on American Idol, as Jennifer Hudson took a giant
 step closer to her most challenging new role -- as Arista's most promising
 new recording artist.
 
 SOURCE Arista Records