added: 27 Feb 2014 // by: Music-News.com Newsdesk
Jennifer Hudson thanks 'amazing drag queens' for teaching her stage presence.
The 32-year-old Chicago native reveals she learned a lot of professional tips from the LGBT community as a youth.
Jennifer got her start singing with crossdressers and she is convinced this experience caused her to be the performer she is today.
'I used to go to gay clubs when I was a kid. We were 16 or 17 and my best friend would pretend to be my manager,' she told V magazine.
'He'd have business cards made up and he'd negotiate for me to sing for $25 a song. I'd have these amazing drag queens style me up and down, honey. They would be up there lip-synching and then I'd get up and sing for real ' some Whitney Houston or some old-school Shirley Murdock ' and I would make all the money. That was like my training, basically.'
Jennifer confesses it took her a long while to discover her voice as an artist.
Now that she has matured as a musician, the star is looking to set new challenges for herself.
'Earlier in my career I was just a soloist singing other people's songs. Now I really want to be an artist,' Jennifer explained.
'I want to lift the people up, have fun, create a moment. I have my own visions that I want to bring to life.'