"I don't do clubs. I don't drink. I don't smoke," Hudson told a boisterous crowd at Progressive Baptist Church on the city's South Side Monday night. "I'm not having no club party; I better have a praise party."
Hudson headlined a gospel concert named in her honor, "An Evening of Praise with Jennifer Hudson," accompanied by the acclaimed Soul Children of Chicago.
Many of the more than 3,000 people in the audience Monday were non-church members drawn in to hear Hudson and others sing.
"It's an exciting time because the city is so rich in the gospel tradition," said audience member Brenda Morgan. "It's a great night. We're so proud of Ms. Hudson."