NEW ALBUM: JENNIFER HUDSON | RESPECT (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK)
Jennifer Hudson is not only playing Aretha Franklin on screen; she's covering the Queen of Soul in the studio also. Released today, the original motion picture soundtrack for the Aretha biopic "Respect" sees Hudson covering 17 of her classics, including the title track, "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man," "You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman," "Chain of Fools," "Think" and more via Epic Records. She set the stage for the soundtrack with the new original “Here I Am (Singing My Way Home),” which was co-written with 4x GRAMMY Award winner, Kennedy Center Honoree, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame Inductee Carole King and Jamie Hartman [Lewis Capaldi, Christina Aguilera]. Grammy-award-winning Black Eyed Peas co-founder and mega-producer will.i.am produced the track. Franklin notably handpicked Hudson to portray her in the film from MGM, which opens in theatres nationwide on August 13th. "Respect" is directed by Liesl Tommy and stars Hudson, Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Marc Maron, Audra McDonald, Tituss Burgess, Hailey Kilgore, Skye Dakota Turner, Saycon Sengbloh, Heather Headley, Tate Donovan and Mary J. Blige. The movie follows the rise of Franklin’s career from a child singing in her father’s church’s choir to her international superstardom.