Jennifer Hudson, who was recently nominated for a Golden Globe Award for her supporting role in "Dreamgirls," has turned down several film offers to focus on her music career according to her agents at William Morris.
As reported on SOHH, Hudson signed to J Records by Clive Davis. Davis, who will personally oversee the debut disc, originally passed on signing Hudson in favor of "American Idol" winner Fantasia.
"I knew she was very talented," Mr. Davis tells the Wall Street Journal. "But at that time I was signing Fantasia. You try to sign very sparingly when you have Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston on your label."
Ironically, Fantasia was slated for the role of Effie in "Dreamgirls" until David Geffen continued the search ultimately leading to Hudson being cast.
Watch a clip of Jennifer Holliday's performance from 1982 to see what all the fuss over this role was all about.
Had Hudson not been passed on both a recording and a management deal with BMG ,who's subsidiaries own the rights to sign any of the finalists from any season, she would have had marginal success according Jeff Rabhan, manager of fellow idols Kelly Clarkson and Clay Aiken.
"[Hudson] would have found herself selling, at best, a couple hundred thousand records had she been jammed through the system with the other Idols. She now has a shot at a career not only as a movie actress, but as a legitimate music star," says Rahan of Hudson who received higher than normal royalties over the usual 16% to 17% usually offered to former Idol contestants.
J Records beat out several other labels including Mathew Knowles' Music World Entertainment to sign the "Dreamgirls" star.
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