The GRAMMY Awards are this weekend, and Jennifer Hudson has been getting into the spirit. She’s had her very own version of GRAMMY Week on The Jennifer Hudson Show and invited numerous recording artists to the Happy Place this week. She kicked things off on Monday and paid homage to Charlie Wilson during her Legend Series, and on Tuesday’s episode, she welcomed legend-in-the-making Anthony Hamilton to join her.
Anthony was all smiles as he emerged from backstage and took a seat on JHud’s set. She jumped right in and asked him about his recent birthday, and the conversation quickly turned to his children. The proud father of six sons shared some information about his kids and what they’re all into. He shared that one of his sons has perfect pitch and may just follow in his musical footsteps.
Jennifer asked Anthony about growing up singing in the church, and he shared how his grandmother gave him no choice. He even remembered the first song that he sang in church and sang a quick snippet for the audience, giving them a preview of coming attractions.
AHam got the opportunity to give his side hustle Hamilton Corner Store some shine and speak on all the tasty products he sells and his favorite dishes that he throws down on in the kitchen. Of course, the conversation turned to music, and he shared that he’s inspired by singers with voices such as Jennifer. He then rattled off a few of the greats – Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Al Green, Bill Withers, James Cleveland – whom he admires.
Hudson asked Hamilton about his favorite song, and he quipped, “‘Charlene’ got me the most groceries.” He also shared that “Comin’ From Where I’m From” is another fave from his debut album of the same name. Jennifer jumped from his first album to his most recent, 2021’s Love Is The New Black, and asked Anthony if they could sing their cover of Luther Vandross’ version of “Superstar” from the album together and he was too happy to say yes.
The duet partners walked over to the grand piano where Jennifer’s in-house pianist Charles Jones was seated. They took their places and proceeded to blow like they were singing for their lives. Anthony sang first, then Jennifer and they then came together in awe-inspiring harmony. These two powerful singers sang and ate the song up with a live version that sounded even better than their recording.
If you missed Anthony Hamilton on The Jennifer Hudson Show this week, you don’t want to miss these video clips of his appearance and duet with Jennifer right here.