Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Kate Hudson
​(born September 12 1981) is an American R&B/soul singer-songwriter and actress who is currently a coach on season 13 of the Voice USA. She had previously been a coach on the sixth series of the Voice UK where she was the first female coach to win.


Born and raised in Chicago, Hudson, who has been singing since she was 7, first gained notice when she tried out for season 3 of American Idol. ​Known for her confidence as well as her powerful voice, Hudson was considered a favorite to win when she was eliminated in 7th place, an elimination that caused an uproar. She then put her focus on her music career and even decided to try her hand at acting. Her first film role was as Effie White in the film version of the classic Broadway musical Dreamgirls​, which was released in 2006. Hudson received priase for her performance, winning both a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. In addition to her work in film, Hudson has also appeared on television, most notably the Fox drama Empire, ​and has even appeared on Broadway.


Hudson released her self-titled debut album in 2008. It went gold and earned her a Grammy for Best R&B Album. She has since released two more albums and is currently working on her fourth.

The Voice UKEdit

In 2017, Hudson became a coach for the sixth series of the Voice UK. She became the first female coach in that show's history to win when her protege, hotel worker Mo Adeniran, won the show on April 2, 2017.

The VoiceEdit

On May 10, 2017 NBC announced that Hudson would be joining Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, and Miley Cyrus as a coach for season 13 of the Voice.

Personal LifeEdit

Hudson was in a relationship with WWE commentator David Otunga from 2008-2017. The couple have a son, David Otunga, Jr., who was born in August 2009.