Hudson Hails Album As ‘new Beginning’

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April 22, 2011 | 7:35am EST

Jennifer Hudson channelled the grief she felt following the murder of her mother, brother and nephew into creating her new album.
The singer/actress was left devastated following the death of her mom Darnell Donerson, sibling Jason Hudson and her sister’s seven-year-old son Julian King, who were shot in her native Chicago, Illinois in 2008. Hudson’s former brother-in-law William Balfour has pleaded not guilty to three counts of first degree murder in relation to the killings.

The Oscar-winner has previously admitted she “pretty much secluded” herself away from everyone in the wake of the tragedy, but she worked out her grief during recording sessions for second album I Remember Me, her first new record since the killings.

Hudson also reveals collaborator Alicia Keys encouraged her to use her feelings to create the music, telling Britain’s Daily Star, “I felt very inspired working with Alicia, who co-produced and co-wrote a lot of the album, along with R Kelly. Alicia told me I was an inspiration and we worked with that.

“What I like to do is bottle everything up from my experience and give it to someone else, so that was what we did. The album is a celebration of a new start and a new beginning.

“Alicia has her sound, Beyonce has her sound, Rihanna has hers and we wanted a sound for me. Whitney Houston, Chaka Khan and the Pointer Sisters were huge influences on the album.”