Jennifer Hudson gets patriotic singing our national anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner,” on the exclusive commemorative CD/DVD “Change is Now: Renewing America’s Promise” produced by Hidden Beach Recordings.
Jennifer Hudson made a splash on the big screen in her first role after winning the Academy Award. She joined the cast of “Sex and the City” as Carrie’s assistant Louise from St. Louis—the first major Black female character ever associated with the series.
Beyoncé has been tapped as one of the artists to perform at We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial," the opening celebration for the 56th presidential inaugural. The show will be presented exclusively by HBO.
Usher is one of a handful of artists featured both on the commemorative CD/DVD set and performing live at the inauguration opening ceremonies. Additional performers will be announced as they are confirmed.
The opening celebration on Sunday afternoon will feature historical readings by well-known actors mixed in between the musical performances from some of today’s greatest artists, including Mary J. Blidge.
Jennifer Hudson attended the premiere of “Dreamgirls” with her mom Darnell Donerson in 2006. “Dreamgirls” was the movie that put her on the map, opening the door for opportunities like singing on the official inauguration CD/DVD.
One of Michelle Obama’s favorites, Stevie Wonder, will also lend his voice and talents to “We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial” featured live on HBO this Sunday, January 18 at 7:00 EST.
Jennifer is no stranger to singing intricate songs.
She has taken on the task of singing “The Star Spangled Banner,” on “Change Is Now: Renewing America’s Promise,” the exclusive official presidential inauguration collection commemorative CD-DVD set. The song is famously difficult for its wide octave range.
Rumors have been swirling for weeks that Jennifer Hudson will make her first appearance since the murder of three of her family members at the inauguration ceremonies. The Obama transition team has yet to remark on whether or not the Oscar-winning singer will appear.
Dr. Rick Warren, author of “The Purpose Driven Life,” will deliver the invocation. He will be followed by Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, who is the only African-American musical performer who will share the podium with President-elect Barack Obama when he is sworn in on January 20. We’re not sure what she’ll sing, but we’re sure she’ll break it down as she always does.