What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is a song about a woman trying to get out from under an overbearing relationship. It's fine for young J-Hud fans as there's nothing distasteful about it. Kids will want to hear this track -- and Hudson's upcoming album -- after having seen her on American Idol and in Dreamgirls.
What's the story?
SPOTLIGHT is about a woman trying to get out from under an overbearing relationship. It has an easy, slow build reminiscent of R&B songs of the '80s, and similar to Mary J. Blige, it's got a great hook and some very likable light piano riffs.
Is it any good?
The song is an interesting first choice of a single for the delightfully audacious Jennifer Hudson. Most fans would expect a little bit of Dreamgirls Effie who strikes out with such dramatic conviction, "And I'm telling you I'm not going!" But there's no belting on "Spotlight" -- and that's OK. With it's steady beat, pleasing vocals, and strong lyrical message, the song (that lasts for almost a whole five minutes) it's still rather satisfying and will likely further catapult J-Hud into the superstar stratosphere.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about Jennifer Hudson's interesting career. Has she already had more success as an actress than she will as a singer? Since season three of American Idol, she's done more movies (Dreamgirls, Sex and the City) than released music, so will fans continue to take her seriously as a singer?