Birth Name: Jennifer Hudson
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Born on Sept. 12, 1981, Jennifer Kate Hudson grew up in Chicago, IL and started singing in her church choir at the age of seven. Her late maternal grandmother, Julia Kate Hudson, also sang for the church, and became Hudson's vocal inspiration. Throughout elementary and high school, Hudson participated in various talent shows and productions that honed her skills as a singer. Her melodic gifts landed Hudson a singing contract with the Disney Cruise Ship line, the "Disney Wonder," where she portrayed Calliope, a main character in the ship's entertainment extravaganza. The show, which the singer considered a huge milestone in her life, ran from February to August of 2003, and inspired Hudson to...
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