Jennifer Hudson Lays Her “Burden Down” In Haunting New Piano Ballad

Take us to church.

Oscar and Grammy winner Jennifer Hudson is following up her criminally underrated 2014 album JHUD, with an emotional new anthem, “Burden Down,” and wrap yourself in something warm because the music video is about to give you chills.


“Burden Down” is newsworthy because Hudson stepped away from music for minute. In 2015 she made her Broadway debut playing Shug Avery in the Tony Award-winning revival of The Color Purple. Then the “Dreamgirl” appeared on TV as Motormouth Maybelle in NBC’s Hairspray Live! and she is also currently a coach on the 13th season of The Voice.


Now with her new single, the R&B singer has traded the dance beats that peppered her previous albums, including her Grammy-winning single, “Spotlight,” for a powerful piano anthem. The accompanying music video is directed by Sam Lecca—whose credits include helming videos for Fifth Harmony and Camila Cabello—features J Hud playing the piano in an empty warehouse as the camera sweeps around her.

Do you like your Hudson songs with a little more beat like “Don’t Look Down” or do you like her singing her heart out about heartache á la Dreamgirls?

Whichever you prefer, the “Burden Down” era of J Hud has officially begun. Watch the emotional music video below.

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