The Power of Presence: Jennifer Hudson and Tasha Cobbs

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Major names in the music industry speak about the impact recording artists Jennifer Hudson and Tasha Cobbs have had on not just the music industry, but on Black culture and young aspiring artists.

Pastor Beverly Crawford admires Cobbs for being “real” and being willing to share her gift with the world. Artist DOE explains that Tasha Cobbs is, in her eyes, a “Shero,” and has always been a type of big sister to other singers coming up in the world of worship. DOE says that Cobbs successfully bridged the gap between mainstream music and Gospel music, and that both Cobbs and Hudson are part of a generation of Black artists who overcame certain obstacles so that future generations don’t have to.

“Somebody had to bust through that ceiling,” says DOE, adding that she’s so proud it was these ladies.

For Christian worship singer Dante Bowe, Cobbs is a big part of making him feel empowered by his skin color. Before seeing Cobbs, Bowe felt inadequate because of his skin color, but watching Cobbs be so powerful and be beloved by all groups of people inspired him to step into his own power.

American Gospel singer Travis Greene admires the way that Hudson has been able to dominate in so many genres — not in Gospel alone but also on Broadway and in the world of the Grammys.

“When we need someone to express and give us the energy and the motivation, we go to Jennifer Hudson,” says comedian Loni Love.

Singer-songwriter and producer Elijah Blake says every time Hudson opens her mouth, you know you’re going to get power. Bridget Kelly commends Hudson for proving that in an industry where it seems there is only one way to look in order to be successful, that’s not the case. Singer Jacquees attributes his decision to never give up, no matter the obstacles, to watching Hudson do just that. R&B singer Keith Robinson says Hudson has inspired younger generations of Black women to carry on the torch.

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