Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Jennifer Hudson Returns W/ 'I Remember Me'

Grammy and Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson will release her sophomore album “I Remember Me” March 22 on Arista Records, previewed by ambling ballad “Where You At,” written and produced by R. Kelly—a wondrous showcase for her vocal range, if a little tepid and redundant in the melody department. It is currently No. 22 on the R&B singles chart.

Additional writers on the album include Diane Warren, who wrote the disc’s highlight, “Still Here,” a beautiful soaring ballad; Alicia Keys and Stargate, who manned chug-along hitworthy soul anthem “Angel”; and Ryan Tedder, who helmed the title track, which conjures Leona Lewis’ “Bleeding Love" (for about the 50th time).

“I Remember Me” follows Hudson’s 2008 No. 2 self-titled CD, which included the hit single “Spotlight,” and won her the Grammy for Best R&B Album. Of course, she also starred in the 2006 film “Dreamgirls,” which garnered her an Oscar, in addition to a new hit version of the classic “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going.”