Hudson 'trained by drag queens' 

added: 27 Feb 2014 // by: Newsdesk 

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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.'

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