First Impressions of Jennifer Hudson and Tasha Cobbs

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  • Jennifer Hudson
    Jennifer Hudson
    American singer
  • Tasha Cobbs Leonard
    American urban contemporary gospel singer
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Major players in the music industry talk about the first time they heard and fell in love with recording artists Jennifer Hudson and Tasha Cobbs — also known as the Ladies of Legacy.

Comedian Loni Love grew to love Jennifer Hudson when she saw her perform Aretha Franklin’s “Share Your Love” on American Idol. While not everyone may have known that song, Love knew it immediately because her mother had always been a big fan of Franklin, and introduced Love to some of those lesser-known tracks growing up.

Love also recalls Hudson bringing her to tears with her voice in the movie Dream Girls. Actor and R&B singer Keith Robinson, who worked with Hudson on Dream Girls, talks about how Hudson could bring the same level of intensity to a song during rehearsal, no matter how many times she had to sing it. Already a fan of Hudson, singer-songwriter Elijah Blake found a renewed love for Hudson after seeing her in Dream Girls. Recording artist Jacquees says when he first heard Hudson, he thought she sounded like Whitney Houston and he knew immediately that she would be big.

The second Lady of Legacy discussed in this video is Tasha Cobbs. Grammy-nominated gospel artist Pastor Beverly Crawford recalls that she first got to know Cobbs as a background singer and was struck by the power and sweetness of her voice, stating that voice could get anyone through hard times. Grammy-nominated recording artist DOE says Cobbs’ rendition of “Fill Me Up” had him first falling in love with the singer. Artist Dante Bowe admits singing with Cobbs has always been one of his biggest dreams and he was greatly influenced by her style.

What makes Hudson and Cobbs Ladies of Legacy, as renowned Gospel singer Travis Greene puts it, is that “You can’t talk music without mentioning them.”

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