NEW MUSIC: JENNIFER HUDSON | HERE I AM (SINGING MY WAY HOME) (FROM THE 'RESPECT SOUNDTRACK)
Jennifer Hudson has released a new original song, “Here I Am (Singing My Way Home),” that will appear on the upcoming soundtrack for the Aretha Franklin biopic, "Respect." Hudson, who will star as Franklin in the film, notably co-wrote the track with Carole King, who famously co-wrote Franklin’s 1967 hit, “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman).” The pair also worked with Jamie Hartman (Lewis Capaldi, Christina Aguilera) on the soaring song, while the Black Eyed Peas’ Will.i.am produced the track. Epic Records Chairwoman and CEO Sylvia Rhone said, “What Jennifer, Carole, and Jamie have created together is nothing short of historic. It celebrates the legacy of Aretha Franklin by channelling her spirit and style in an original, no less. As soon as I heard it, I was speechless. It has all the elements of a future American songbook staple.” “Here I Am (Singing My Way Home)” will be the only original on the "Respect" soundtrack. King and her husband Gerry Goffin co-wrote one of Aretha Franklin’s biggest hits “(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman.” Following a delay, "Respect" is set to arrive on August 13. Mary J. Blige appears in the film as singer Dinah Washington, with Marc Maron taking on the role of producer Jerry Wexler.