Jennifer Hudson is happy to be ‘this genuine girl’

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NEW YORK — A few hours after behaving live on Today, Jennifer Hudson is sitting in Central Park’s Strawberry Fields, people-watching and listening to a busker sing Beatles songs.

“My favorite place to be in a universe is on a park bench,” says Hudson, 33, whose new album, JHUD, arrives Tuesday. “You get to see all of life around you.” The singer/songwriter/actress draws a few is-that-her glances, yet given her infrequent manner, they don’t turn slow stares.

That’s a approach Hudson likes it, apparently. The pretension of JHUD — a collection for that she collaborated with Pharrell Williams, R. Kelly and Timbaland, among others — was innate when “I beheld that’s what everyone’s been job me. And we wish people to get to know me privately as that, as this genuine girl.” On a series of crisply produced, rhythmically driven tracks, she wields her robust, tawny voice with a tangible playfulness.

In contrast, Hudson says, there is “the Jennifer Hudson persona, where all can seem so complicated or romantic or strong. That’s partial of me,” as are several projects and roles Hudson has been compared with. She ticks them off: American Idol (Hudson finished seventh on Season 3), Dreamgirls (the film that warranted her a supporting-actress Oscar in 2007), mouthpiece (for Weight Watchers, yet she split ways with a code final spring).

But these days, Hudson is some-more focused on other pursuits, among them motherhood. Walking opposite a park to locate a float to a assembly with Clive Davis, JHUD’s producer, Hudson chats animatedly about “Little David,” her 5-year-old son with veteran wrestler David Otunga.

Watching her son grow, saying “how artistic he is already — that done me some-more confident.” They sing together: “He has a good ear. And he’s a small performer.” And while his low-pitched faves embody kiddie transport such as The Best Day Ever (from SpongeBob SquarePants), he shares during slightest one low-pitched statue with his mom: “He’s spooky with Michael Jackson.”

At Davis’ office, Hudson gets to hear new song from another hero, as a writer plays marks from Aretha Franklin’s arriving manuscript of diva classics, out Sept. 30. While Hudson has no destiny film projects confirmed, she says she would adore to play a Queen of Soul — and her name has been bandied about for such a project.

Davis records that Franklin is a good suitor of Hudson, and agrees that “Jennifer has a behaving chops and a outspoken ability to do Aretha justice.”

For now, a concentration is on compelling JHUD. Hudson’s final album, 2011’s I Remember Me, is still brief of bullion standing (459,000 albums sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan), and she hasn’t left top-40 with a singular on Billboard‘s Hot 100 given her self-titled initial album. But Davis is assured that “Jennifer is her possess best ambassador. You only have to get people to hear her sing — she’ll do a rest.”

Hudson says a debate “is in a works,” and her ubiquitous bent is toward optimism. Her late mom “used to tell me, ‘You find a certain in everything.’ And that’s what I’m perplexing to learn my son: to make a best of each conditions in life.”

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