Jennifer Hudson is no stranger to Broadway — she performed to rave reviews in “The Color Purple” and earned a Tony for producing Best Musical winner “A Strange Loop.” But JHud has someone special to thank for first welcoming her to the Broadway community.
JHud welcomed her longtime friend, singer-songwriter Ledisi, to the show almost 20 years after they first met. The two were introduced for the first time while performing in an all-star benefit concert of the musical “Hair” for The Actor’s Fund of America in September 2004.
“You were just getting off of ‘American Idol,’ and you were so quiet and scared of everyone,” said Ledisi on “The Jennifer Hudson Show” about meeting JHud for the first time.
The versatile singer later took the stage to perform her song “I Need to Know.”
“Aretha [Franklin] had the best songs that catered to how women actually felt in certain situations,” she told JHud. “I never wanna be like anyone but be myself, but I wanted to emulate the feeling of how we as women sometimes feel in situations, and so that song came about easily.”
Listen to Ledisi’s new music and explore her tour dates by visiting ledisi.com.