Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Former American Idol  star Jennifer Hudson is going back to her roots!

The 32-year-old Grammy winning singer announced this week that she will be headlining a new concert series for Carnival Cruise Lines beginning in June titled, “Carnival Live.”

According to THR, Hudson is scheduled to perform live on June 18 on Carnival Ecstasy and June 19 on Carnival Breeze, both in Cozumel, Mexico. The new partnership is said to be a “full circle” moment for the Oscar winning performer.

“I used to work on a cruise ship, a long time ago,”  said Hudson before performing at a Carnival news conference in midtown Manhattan. “That’s what I did before I did American Idol.”

Also joining Hudson for the ride is former Season 5 Idol  star Chris Daughtry and his band, Daughtry along with a mix of old and new school artists including:  Chicago, Foreigner, Gavin DeGraw, Jewel, Kansas, Lady Antebellum, LeAnn Rimes, Martina McBride, Olivia Newton-John, REO Speedwagon, STYX and Tracee Adkins.

Reportedly, the series will kick off with STYX on April 7 on the Fantasy in Nassau, Bahamas.

In other J-Hud news, the singer has finally released the video to her smash hit single, “I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel)” featuring T.I. and produced by Pharrell. According to, Hudson will perform the song at this weekend’s Clive Davis Pre-Grammy Party.

Check out the video below:

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