*Jennifer Hudson like to keep it humble. She recently gave props to those greats who inspired and helped her sophomore album, “I Remember Me,” be what it is …  a hit.

The Chicago native worked with veteran singer and songwriter R. Kelly and powerful vocalist/pianist Alicia Keys for the new project.

It must have felt like a dream to work with Kelly, someone she was a fan of  growing up in Chicago. Now they’ve worked together, making her dreams come true.

“R. Kelly was writing for me at the time, and I didn’t even know it, and they just sent me this song,” she told MTV News about the track “Where You At.” She goes on to say, “You don’t want to get your hopes up too high of being able to work with someone like R. Kelly, and when they sent the song, they told me, ‘Kelly put up a shrine of pictures of you to channel you, and he created this song.’”

And as far as working with  Alicia Keys:

“I must say that working with Alicia was my favorite sessions in the recording studio ever, and I think it was partly because … it was a learning experience,” Hudson revealed. “She’s just amazing to work with. We had such a good time together. … It was an amazing, fun experience.”

The result of the collabos and more,  “I Remember Me,” is available today.