Jennifer Hudson Electrifies Crowd Live at Letterman

Academy Award and Grammy Award winning singer Jennifer Hudson put on a “by invitation only” performance Monday night.

It was the latest in the CBS Interactive Music Group’s Live on Letterman webcast series.

Looking and sounding amazing, from the first note, Hudson had the crowd on its feet, and kept them standing until the end of her 50-minute concert.

Hudson was at the Ed Sullivan Theater in Manhattan to promote her new CD, I Remember Me.

She started the show, entering the stage by way of the back of the audience, singing It’s a New Day, which was popularized in her recent Weight Watchers ads.

Then it was time for the new material. From the 1980s slow-jam vibed Angel (an Alicia Keys produced track) to the R. Kelly-written Where You At? the crowd was grooving.

Hudson caught one particular audience member dancing and brought him on stage while she sang.

She was in great voice with her booming upbeat material, but it was the introspective title track, I Remember Me, that had the most meaning for Hudson. Explaining in the four-minute introduction, Hudson said, “I can’t even recognize myself at this point.”

Hudson, who tragically lost her mother, brother, and nephew to murders in 2008, added, “In 29 years, I feel like I’ve led four or five different lives.”

Another fan favorite was the new song Don’t Look Down, which features that old school mix of classic Disco and R&B. It had that feel of being in the audience for Soul Train in the 1970s.

Hudson got a photographer’s hat during the concert to keep up the old school look.

The performance was streamed live, and is available anytime at

Photo courtesy of Jeffrey Neira/CBS