*Who wouldn’t agree that Jennifer Hudson hasn’t been through more than hell and back over the past few years, from competing on “American Idol” to striking gold with a record deal then to losing three family members (her mother, brother, and 7-year-old nephew) in one fell swoop. But finding joy again in the birth of her son David Jr. The singer decided to use her next album as an outlet to reflect on life.

She titled it, “I Remember Me.”

“The name of the album is ‘I Remember Me’, I came up with the title as I always say that in 29 years I feel like I have lived four different lives. I almost can’t even recognize that person from ten years ago,” she says. “The way to identify myself is from my hands and from a familiar face. Those are the things that make me say, ‘Oh, I remember this, I remember that, I remember me and who I used to be.’ That’s where the name of the album came from.”

She adds, “I’m looking at me now and I’m like, ‘Who am I?’, not just physically, but even when I look around at my environment, this wasn’t here ten years ago and I wasn’t who I am today.”

She adds, “It didn’t take as long of a process to record this album as it did the first one. It’s also a completely different experience. I feel like it’s at the next level and I’m in a different place. I feel like the album reflects that and there’s a real energy from all the people I worked with.”