Jennifer Hudson Signs With Epic Records, Collaborates With LA Reid And Clive Davis
June 28, 2016 at 12:06 PM (PT)
JENNIFER HUDSON has been signed to an exclusive contract with EPIC RECORDS, it was announced today by label Chairman/CEO LA REID. The signing follows the OSCAR winner's showstopping tribute performance of PRINCE’s “Purple Rain” at the 16th annual BET AWARDS.
Collaborating as executive producers on her upcoming EPIC RECORDS debut will be LA REID and SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT COO CLIVE DAVIS, the first time the two have worked together in nearly a quarter-century, since they worked together on WHITNEY HOUSTON’s best-selling "The Bodyguard" soundtrack in 1992. At that time, DAVIS was President of ARISTA RECORDS, and REID headed LaFACE RECORDS with partner KENNY "BABYFACE" EDMONDS.
Commented REID: "JENNIFER HUDSON is the defining voice of this generation. 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!"
Added DAVIS: "I signed JENNIFER in 2007 believing her to be the strongest candidate as the next generation's ARETHA FRANKLIN and WHITNEY HOUSTON. She has become that, as LA and I excitingly reunite to capture JENNIFER at her all-time best."
Said HUDSON: "I couldn’t be more excited to embark on this new chapter with two of the most prolific musical legends of this generation. 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 gave the BET AWARDS its climactic moment with “Purple Rain,” singing in front of an orchestra led by STEVIE WONDER on keyboards and TORI KELLY. Adding to the occasion, she was wearing the same memorable white hooded tunic that PRINCE wore the last time he was at the awards spectacular.