Hudson ‘trained by drag queens’

Jennifer Hudson credits her amazing stage presence to being under the tutelage of drag queens in her early career.

Jennifer Hudson thanks “amazing drag queens” for teaching her stage presence.

The 32-year-old Chicago native reveals she learned a lot of professional tips from the LGBT community as a youth.

Jennifer got her start singing with crossdressers and she is convinced this experience caused her to be the performer she is today.

“I used to go to gay clubs when I was a kid. We were 16 or 17 and my best friend would pretend to be my manager,” she told V magazine.

“He’d have business cards made up and he’d negotiate for me to sing for $25 a song. I’d have these amazing drag queens style me up and down, honey. They would be up there lip-synching and then I’d get up and sing for real – some Whitney Houston or some old-school Shirley Murdock – and I would make all the money. That was like my training, basically.”

Jennifer confesses it took her a long while to discover her voice as an artist.

Now that she has matured as a musician, the star is looking to set new challenges for herself.

“Earlier in my career I was just a soloist singing other people’s songs. Now I really want to be an artist,” Jennifer explained.

“I want to lift the people up, have fun, create a moment. I have my own visions that I want to bring to life.”
Copyright: Cover Media 2014

Thursday, 27. February 2014