If any word describes award-winning singer-actress Jennifer Hudson it would be triumphant. The former ‘American Idol’ contestant’s life was placed under a microscope following the shocking triple-murder of her mother, brother, and seven-year-old nephew in 2008. Joy entered her life shortly after with the birth of her son David Jr. Hudson claims she titled her recently released album ‘I Remember Me’ to reflect the roller-coaster changes that have taken place in her life so far.
“The name of the album is ‘I Remember Me’, I came up with the title as I always say that in 29 years I feel like I have lived four different lives. I almost can’t even recognize that person from ten years ago,” she says.
“The way to identify myself is from my hands and from a familiar face. Those are the things that make me say, ‘Oh, I remember this, I remember that, I remember me and who I used to be.’ That’s where the name of the album came from.”
She adds, “I’m looking at me now and I’m like, ‘Who am I?’, not just physically, but even when I look around at my environment, this wasn’t here ten years ago and I wasn’t who I am today.” Who she is today though has landed her collaborations with the likes of Alicia Keys, Ne-Yo, and R. Kelly on her new album. Hudson reminisces on the differences in recording this album and her self-titled debut LP released three years ago.
She said, “It didn’t take as long of a process to record this album as it did the first one. It’s also a completely different experience. I feel like it’s at the next level and I’m in a different place. I feel like the album reflects that and there’s a real energy from all the people I worked with.”
‘I Remember Me’ is in stores now.