Spike Lee directed a special musical series for American Express called “Unstaged” this past week featuring John Legend, The Roots, Jennifer Hudson, and more. You can check out all the clips on his VEVO channel if you’re interested — I’m tired of “Wake Up” and all his covers and whatnot however. So I thought I’d post up J. Hud singing a Walter Hawkins classic (“Be Grateful”) in her best Gospel voice. I wonder though…Fantasia would have murked this.
Jennifer’s voice sounded a bit strained, especially on her last note. I think I also noticed a change in her range though, but regardless, that’s my girl. She did a good job — even though I saw her peeking at them words on the piano LOL. Even John Legend jumped in with his good Gospel squall. I ain’t mad — John used to be way more “church” when he first started out, so it was nice to hear “John Stephens” come out to play.