Jennifer Hudson withdraws from Jamaica Jazz & Blues 2010 – Erykah Badu steps in
Powerful. Soulful. Impressive. Those are but a few words to describe the sounds of American born R&B songstress Erykah Badu, who will make her second performance in Jamaica on Friday, January 29 at the JAMAICA Jazz and Blues Festival inside The Greenfield, in Trelawny.
Erykah Badu burst onto the music scene with a highly anticipated and critically acclaimed 1997 debut album, Baduizm. That album debuted at #2 on the Billboard charts, and it’s lead single On & On blazed through charts in the US and the UK. Since then, not only has On & On become a soul/R&B anthem, but Erykah has continued to record hit after hit, and mesmerise audiences around the world with her voice.
Badu replaced American Idol sweetheart Jennifer Hudson, who pulled out of the Festival after being asked by North American recording industry mogul Clive Davis to perform during a special tribute the Grammy’s will be dedicating to him.
“We’re disappointed that Jennifer cannot perform at the Festival. She was asked by Clive Davis to give a special performance during the tribute that the Grammy’s will be staging in his honour, and were she to perform here at the Festival, she wouldn’t be able to attend the rehearsals and get the preparatory work completed in time for that special performance,” said Walter Elmore, the executive producer of the JAMAICA Jazz and Blues Festival.
Meanwhile, Elmore — who also heads TurnKey Productions— said that the addition of Erykah Badu to the Festival is “more than what anyone could have asked for”.
“When we heard Jennifer would be unavailable, we were wondering who could we get that could WOW everyone and just take the Festival to a whole new level. Erykha Badu is a great singer, a great performer, and she will bring her flair and style to the Festival, and this is her second time performing in Jamaica,” Elmore remarked when asked why Erykah Badu was chosen.
The signature performance nights will take place from January 28 – 30 at The Greenfield, in Trelawny, which is 12 miles and 12 minutes away from Rose Hall. Having seen performances from the likes of Alicia Keyes, Kenny Rogers, and many more, the Festival stage will this year welcome Gladys Knight Joss Stone, Erykah Badu, John Staccado, Deboroah Cox, Kelly Price, Tamia, and timeless reggae crooner Billy Ocean returns as well as reggae band Third World.