Jennifer Hudson has revealed that making her new album, I Remember Me, has been an enlightening experience.
The Grammy and Academy Award-winner is set to release the follow-up to her self-titled 2008 debut on April 25, and marked her return to the musical limelight with a worldwide performance of her new single Where You At on The Oprah Winfrey Show.
"I'm excited about this album because it's almost like a renewal for me, reflected through the chapters of my life," she said.
"I've called it I Remember Me because of the journey I've been on. I've learned that life constantly surprises you, no matter your plans. My fans have been so loyal, I feel like they have been on this journey with me and I can't wait for them to hear the new album."
The album, whose title is based on a poem written by Jennifer, features writers and producers like Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz, Rich Harrison and Ne-Yo.
Clive Davis, Sony Music Entertainment's head honcho, said: "Jennifer is the voice of the new generation and she literally soars on her second album I Remember Me. Jennifer fulfils all of her promise and all of the prophesies that she will be on that short list of great vocalists of our time."
It's been an eventful number of years for Jennifer, who welcomed her son David in August 2009. She also took time off following the murders of her mother, brother and nephew in 2008.