Jennifer Hudson has revealed personal tragedies have inspired her latest album
The 32-year-old singer, whose mother Darnell, brother Jason, and nephew Julian were gunned down by her former brother-in-law, William Balfour, in October 2008, insists she has forgiven their killer to try and find peace and has used her late mother's phrases in her new material.
Talking about the upcoming record, the 'I Can't Describe' singer said: "It's my story - it's me, it's my voice, it's my perspective. There's a song called 'Moan' that I wrote, which came from something my mother always used to say, 'If you moan, it makes you better if something hurts.
"It will definitely be difficult to perform. Oh my God, it was difficult to record. Because it's so personal, it was really emotional."
Balfour, who was married to Jennifer's sister Julia, was handed three life sentences for the murders in 2012 without the possibility of parole, along with 120 years for other convictions.
Jennifer, who is headlining today's global empowerment 'We Day' event at London's Wembley Arena, has been working with the likes of 'Happy' hitmaker Pharrell Williams and producer Timbaland and will release more details about her third studio album, the follow-up to 2011's 'I Remember Me'.
She added to The Daily Mirror newspaper: "I want everybody to be Jenniferised! I want to reflect my energy, how I am when you meet me, in my music."