Jennifer Hudson belts out Aretha Franklin’s '(You Make Me Feel Like a) Natural Woman'

Publish Date
Tuesday, 20 July 2021, 1:57PM

Jennifer Hudson has just blown us away!

Transforming into the legendary Aretha Franklin for the soon to be released biopic about her life, Respect, the 39-year-old singer showed off her powerhouse vocals in a newly released audio clip from the film.

Belting out Franklin's signature 1967 hit '(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman', Hudson's version of the soulful track is presented as if it were a live performance, with a crowd roaring in the back.

And with those pipes, it's no surprise Franklin handpicked the American Idol star for the role herself.

Respect covers the life of Franklin, from her days singing as a child at her father's church's choir, to becoming the Queen of Soul and civil rights activist.

The film was originally set to be released on August 14 2020, but due to the coronavirus pandemic has been pushed back to August 13 2021.

In addition to Hudson, the highly anticipated film also stars Forest Whitaker as Franklin's father, Marlon Wayans as her first husband Ted White, Mary J. Blige as singer Dinah Washington and Gilbert Glenn Brown as Martin Luther King Jr.

The film comes three years after the iconic singer passed following a battle with cancer. She was 76.