Jennifer Hudson and Akon are on board for what could be this year’s biggest compilation effort, dedicated to entertainment icon Quincy Jones. Titled “Q: Soul Bossa Nostra,” the effort features over fifteen of today’s biggest recording artists and producers including Usher, John Legend, Robin Thicke, Warryn Campbell, Scott Storch, Three 6 Mafia, Snoop Dogg, T-Pain, Wyclef Jean, Jermaine Dupri, David Banner, Bebe Winans and DJ Paul, among others. Packed with contemporary versions of recordings from Jones’ massive catalog “Q: Soul Bossa Nostra” includes Jennifer Hudson singing songwriter Rod Temperton’s “You Put A Move On My Heart” from Jones’ 1996 album “Q’s Jook Joint”. Speaking of the collaboration, Hudson says she’s thankful to have been given the opportunity to work with Jones. “When I was asked to work on a project honoring Quincy Jones’ songs my answer was an immediate YES!!!. He is an icon in our industry and to have been fortunate enough to work with him is just amazing,” says Hudson. “He is a true artist, genius and professional. It was an unforgettable experience and I truly hope I will have the chance to collaborate with him again very soon!!” Chart-topping recording star and producer Akon also contributes to the album, calling his work with Jones a learning experience. “Quincy Jones is a musical legend and an incredible mentor. Just being around him and watching him work over the years has taught me how to develop as an artist and grow as a producer,” Akon said in a statement. “When Quincy called and told me about this album, I said you have to let me do “Strawberry Letter 23″ and the funny thing is that’s the song he was thinking about already. We brought a new modern feel to this classic and I think everyone’s going to really enjoy it.” “Q: Soul Bossa Nostra” is due for release May/June 2010.
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