“It’s no right or wrong [with] artistry. It’s an expression,” Jennifer said. “That was a beautiful energy that came out.”
Jennifer continued with words of encouragement: “Too often people are like, ‘I don’t want to sing in front of Jennifer.’ No! It’s your expression! No one can tell you how you feel. No one can say if it’s right or wrong. You know what I mean? It’s a celebration. So, I’m here to support it.”
Jenn added, “That’s what we do when we’re happy. We sing. Or we whistle. Or we dance. Whatever that is for you.”
It’s not the first time Jennifer has lit up while listening to a fan’s rendition of the song from “Dreamgirls,” the 2006 musical drama for which Jenn won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar.
Jenn’s mother Darnell Donerson enrolled JHud and her siblings in various extracurricular activities because, in Darnell’s words, “Idle hands is the devil’s workshop.”
“So, we always had to have something to do,” Jenn said.
During their youth, Jenn tried out modeling and ballet, while her sister pursued tap dance and her brother took piano lessons. But when Jenn turned 7, she knew deep in her heart that music was her true passion.
“And then I was like, when I turned 7, ‘Oh no, this is who I am. I’m gonna sing. This is what I’m gonna do.’”