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Jennifer Hudson Visits ‘FAME’ Studio Ahead of ‘Respect’ Premiere

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You better throw some R-E-S-P-E-C-T on her name! Former judge of The Voice, Jennifer Hudson, paid a visit to the iconic FAME Recording Studios ahead of her new film. The powerhouse vocalist made her way down south to prepare for her portrayal of Aretha Franklin. In the upcoming biopic, Respect, the Grammy winning artist will transform into the “Queen of Soul.”

FAME Recording Studios was established in 1959, and still stands on the corner of East Avalon Avenue, AL. In this studio, Franklin produced hits like “I Never Loved a Man” and “Do Right Woman.” Other soulful icons of the era such as Little Richard, Wilson Pickett, Etta James, and Otis Redding also recorded in the sacred studio with the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section. It seems only right that Hudson visit the spot where the “Queen of Soul” recorded some of her most famous work.

From Rising to Fame to Visiting FAME

Hudson began her career as one of the most notable talent show success stories. Hudson auditioned for season three of American Idol, where she sang Franklin’s “Share Your Love With Me.” Though she placed seventh on the show, the platform skyrocketed her career forward.

After Idol, Hudson got a starring role as “Effie White” in the hit movie Dreamgirls in 2006. She earned an Oscar for Best supporting Actress that year, making her the only American Idol alum to do so.

Hudson has since been featured in a number of films including Sex and The City, The Secret Life of Bees, and Cats.

The superstar also released her self-titled album in 2008. It debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 and went certified gold, earning her four Grammy nominations. She took home the trophy for Best R&B Album that year setting a precedent of success for her following two albums.

It’s safe to say that Hudson has had her fair share of accomplishments since her time on the Idol stage. Her role in Respect, will prove to be another critical element in her repertoire of works. Let’s take it back to where it all began this August and relive the life and talent of Aretha Franklin.

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