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Mr. Hudson

Mr. Hudson SyamIndonesian LanguageBenjamin Hudson McIldowie born 1979, known professionally as Mr. Hudson , is a British R&B/pop artist based in London, England, formerly called Mr. Hudson & The Library. Mr. Hudson is signed to music producer Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music.

He has listed various influences, most notably Chet Baker, David Bowie, The Police, Andre 3000, Marvin Gaye, The Specials, Billie Holiday, Rosster, Ella Fitzgerald and Dizzee Rascal. When he was with The Library they were known for their energetic live performances which include steelpan and a piano. They were nominated for “Best Newcomer” at the 2007 UK Festival Awards.

Mr. Hudson has worked with acts such as Kanye West, Dizzee Rascal, N-Dubz, Kid Cudi, Tinie Tempah, Jay-Z and Big Sean and toured with Calvin Harris. His vocal performances have been compared to those of Sting. He is accompanied by Joy Joseph (vocals and steel drum), Rob Barron (electric keyboard), Raphael Mann (bass guitar) and Andrew “Wilkie” Wilkinson electric drums.

On 4 August 2009, Mr. Hudson released a new album, Straight No Chaser (via G.O.O.D. Music and Mercury Records), executive produced by Kanye West.

“I wanted to make a mainstream record, not structured or ornate,” he explains. “The first album feels like an Escher drawing, all these layers and you don’t know where you’re going at any point. The way the songs are written and produced on this one is much more direct. It’s not trying to reinvent the wheel. It’s straight, no chaser.”

Mr. Hudson switched on the Blackpool town centre lights alongside Laura White. He performed Supernova and White Lies.

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