Days after slaying the Prince tribute on the 2016 BET Awards, Jennifer Hudson has a new musical home.
According to Epic CEO L.A. Reid, the Chicago native has signed an exclusive contract with Epic after three albums with Arista/J Records and RCA.
“Jennifer Hudson is the defining voice of this generation,” Reid said in an announcement. “Her award-winning presence on records, in film, and on stage establishes her as one of the premiere artists to emerge in this century. I’m enjoying collaborating with my friend and mentor Clive Davis on Jennifer’s first Epic album and excited for her fans to hear what we’re up to… all will be revealed soon!”
Hudson, who released her self-titled debut album in 2008 after competing on American Idol‘s third season in 2004, spoke about the transition:
“I couldn’t be more excited to embark on this new chapter with two of the most prolific musical legends of this generation. There is no doubt that this is just the beginning of a very special collaboration and I know that the result will be something unforgettable. I am looking forward to the creative process and sharing new music very soon!”
The 35-year-old, who won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role of Effie White in 2006’s Dreamgirls, released her last album, JHUD, in 2014.