Jennifer Hudson to make her Jamaican debut at Reggae Sumfest

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jennifer-hudson.jpgAmerican recording artiste Jennifer Hudson is the confirmed headliner for the final night of Reggae Sumfest 2015, Saturday July 18th at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex in Montego Bay.

Johnny Gourzong Executive Director of Summerfest Productions, producers of the event, made the announcement in a press release.

"We are extremely happy to have been able to confirm Jennifer Hudson as the headline artiste on International Night 2. She is a powerhouse vocalist and a has huge catalogue of hits that Jamaicans and people from all across the world know and love," Gourzong said.

This will be the first time that Hudson will perform in Jamaica and she is looking forward to it."We understand that she is anticipating the trip to Jamaica and is already preparing for her performance," he added.

An international superstar, Hudson made her film debut as Effie White in the 2006 film Dreamgirls, garnering her several awards that year, including an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Hudson went to release her first Grammy-winning, RIAA Gold Certified album in 2008.

The self-titled album entered Billboard's Top 200 at No 2 and marked the biggest first week sales for an R and B female entry since 2004 and has since sold over 1.1 million albums worldwide to date. Hudson's sophomore album, I Remember Me, was introduced on March 22, 2011 to rave reviews. The album debuted at No 2 on Billboard's Top 200 and R&B Albums charts and has since been certified RIAA Gold in the US. Most recently, Hudson released her third critically acclaimed album, JHUD, which opened in the Billboard Top 10 on September 23, 2014. The album, released by Sony/RCA, features hit tracks in collaboration with the likes of Pharrell Williams, R Kelly, Iggy Azalea and OVO/1985.

Reggae Sumfest begins on Sunday July 12 with a beach party at the Aquasol Theme Park, All White party at Pier 1 on Tuesday July 14 and the main event, Thursday July 16 to Saturday July 18 at Catherine Hall. The event is being held in association with sponsors - Digicel, Iberostar, Secrets, Pepsi, Jamaica Tourist Board, Red Stripe, Red Bull and the Gleaner.