Jennifer Hudson Drops ‘Natural Woman’ Talks to Oprah About Aretha Video

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The soundtrack to the Aretha Franklin biopic Respect starring Jennifer Hudson, available for pre-order is out on August 13 the day the film is released. And along with the pre-order comes the American Idol alum’s version of “(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman” available to stream or download.

It’s worth noting that the rendition of the song, written by Carole King, Gerry Goffin, and Jerry Wexler, is from the movie, which means that Jennifer DOES NOT make it her own. On the contrary, she channels Aretha, but without mimicking her straight up. A version by Jennifer would have more big notes and vocal runs. She saves the glory notes for the end of the song, which is how soul singers approached  performing back in the 60s.

Listen to Jennifer Hudson’s “(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman” from the Aretha Franklin biopic Respect below

Jennifer Hudson (You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman

Jennifer sat down for an interview with Oprah

Also, Oprah sat down with Jennifer to discuss what it was like playing the Queen of Soul for a major motion picture. Oprah asked Jennifer how she was able to craft her portrayal of Aretha Franklin “the person” as a separate identity from “the icon.” Jennifer responded that it was a different experience for her, because the eras of the two singers are so different. “It took a while to learn how she took up space” said Jennifer.

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The singer also reveals the inspiration behind her portrayal of Aretha and how the legendary singer changed her life. And she shares details about their last conversation.

The interview airs TONIGHT (July 20) on the OWN cable channel at 10 pm.

Jennifer Hudson RESPECT  Soundtrack tracklist:

There Is A Fountain Filled With Blood
Ac-cent-tchu-ate The Positive
Nature Boy
I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Loved You)
Do Right Woman, Do Right Man
Dr. Feelgood
Sweet Sweet Baby (Since You’ve Been Gone)
Ain’t No Way
(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman
Chain of Fools
Take My Hand, Precious Lord
Spanish Harlem
I Say A Little Prayer for You
Precious Memories
Amazing Grace
Here I Am (Singing My Way Home)

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