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'People' debuts Jennifer Hudson's new song on 'Empire'

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Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson is on Wednesday’s new episode of Empire with a new song in tow.

People.com exclusively shared the ballad “Remember the Music” on Monday, a track allowing Hudson to flex her pipes to the fullest. Hudson works over a piano-led production with prominent drums underneath, contrasting in an unexpected, pleasant way; it doesn’t hurt that the ex-American Idol contestant is extraordinarily gifted.

” ‘Remember the Music’ truly exemplifies the power that music can have in all of our lives,” Hudson told PEOPLE.

In the season’s 10th episode, Hudson plays Michelle, who forms a new musical relationship with eldest son Andre (Trai Byers), the only son of Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) who isn’t directly in the music business.

Also in this episode: Mary J. Blige playing a woman from Lucious’ past. Whoever she is, Cookie’s (Taraji P. Henson) reaction to Blige’s arrival should be the highlight of the hour.