In 1981, Jennifer Hudson was born in Chicago, IL. As a young woman, she sang in the church choir and performed on a Disney cruise ship. The soul singer entered season 3 of American Idol, a reality TV show, in 2004. Although Fantasia Barrino won American Idol, Jennifer's career took off with the 2006 Dreamgirls film. After landing the role of Effie White, Hudson starred with Beyonce Knowles, Eddie Murphy, and Jamie Foxx.
Dreamgirls was originally a stage musical, and gospel singer Jennifer Holliday played Effie White on Broadway. A full figured diva like Aretha Franklin, the character of Effie White was inspired by Florence Ballard. Just two years after leaving American Idol, Jennifer Hudson sang "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going," "Love You I Do," and "One Night Only" in the Dreamgirls movie. Winning a Golden Globe and an Oscar for best supporting actress, the singer was flying high. She released her debut album, Jennifer Hudson, in September of 2008. But just when she reached the peak of success, Jennifer Hudson faced heartbreak.
Tragedy struck on October 24, 2008, when Jennifer Hudson's mother, Darnell Donerson, her brother, Jason Hudson, and her 7-year-old nephew, Julian King, were murdered. Police arrested Jennifer's brother-in-law, William Balfour, but it was too late. After a time of seclusion, Jennifer Hudson sang the national anthem at the Super Bowl in February of 2009, and perhaps music helps her to heal. The star's future plans include Jennifer Hudson concerts with Robin Thicke.