Jennifer Hudson loves to support up-and-coming performers and provide a platform for them to share their talents with the world!
JHud’s “Spotlight” series gives the “Jennifer Hudson Show” stage over to amazing talents from across the globe so they can show off what they do best, be it singing, dancing, or playing an instrument.
Check out our “Spotlight” performers and remember their names, because these entertainers are definitely going places!
Viral Classical Musicians Marcus Veltri & Rob Landes
Marcus Veltri is a pianist and Rob Landes is a classically trained violinist. These two friends and musicians have perfect pitch and are able to play covers of any song after listening to it just once! The talented duo showed off their skills by playing Bruno Mars' "Uptown Funk" on the show!
14-Year-Old Singer Reid Wilson
Jennifer shined her spotlight on 14-year-old singer Reid Wilson, who went viral on social media after showing off his amazing vocal chops. The teenager shared his music inspirations, which includes his “The Voice” contestant brother Ryley Tate, and got the chance to sing a duet with JHud!
Tap Dancer Justin Jackson
Tap dancer Justin Jackson from Montreal, Canada, was a semifinalist on Season 18 of “America’s Got Talent” and competed on “So You Think You Can Dance Canada.”
Justin came by the show to perform an incredible tap dance routine!
Irany from Mexicali, Mexico, has only been playing the accordion for four years—she taught herself from watching YouTube videos—and she’s already gotten the attention of many famous Mexican artists, including Karol G.
Irany just finished touring the U.S. with Karol G, and she stopped by “The Jennifer Hudson Show” to show off her electrifying accordion skills (and beautiful singing voice) and to teach JHud how to play!
Retired Blues Guitarist Paul Martinez Plays from the Heart
Musician Paul Martinez from Corpus Christi, Texas, grew up playing music with his brother and dad but never pursued it professionally.
After retiring, Paul decided to pick the guitar back up again and started posting videos of him playing on TikTok. His videos have garnered millions of views!
As the show’s very first “Spotlight” performer, the 56-year-old came on “The Jennifer Hudson Show” to play the blues, his very first professional gig as a musician. He explained to Jennifer how channeling his emotions into his playing helped him go viral.