Jennifer Hudson is an Academy Award-winning actress and a Grammy-winning recording artist, and has logged lots of TV time, thanks to her appearances on "American Idol." She's primarily a singer, but her only experience on the concert trail is as part of an "American Idol" package tour.
Hudson says she's in "a weird place" as a concert performer. "It's like, 'Wow, everybody knows Jennifer. Where do you place her? Who do you put her with?' That was the hard part of the puzzle to put together. I think we came up with a great solution."
Tuesday night in Albany, she starts a six-week tour in which she will be double-billed with fellow R&B singer Robin Thicke. They come to Newark on Thursday and New York on April 10.
In a group interview both singers gave to reporters, Thicke said that they will complement each other. "She's class and sophistication and vocal excellence, and I'm a little bit rocking and rolling."
Thicke, Hudson said, is "all about making real music, so that was the connection for me right there."
They will present separate sets that will last about an hour each and share some band members. Thicke said they will probably perform together also. One likely collaboration is "Giving Myself," a song Thicke wrote and co-produced for Hudson's self-titled 2008 debut album. They have also talked, Thicke said, about doing "an old song together -- something that will get all of the people excited."
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