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Original 'Dreamgirl' Jennifer Holliday: 'I'm Not Going Nowhere'

Jennifer Holliday sprang to stardom in the 1980s for her Tony Award-winning performance in Dreamgirls and went on to a recording career after Broadway. But her life wasn't always glamorous: She suffered from depression and obesity, and once attempted suicide. She talks about the message she's trying to send with her forthcoming album, The Song is You.

Morning Bell Eldar Djangirov Trio 0:45

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    Eldar Djangirov Trio
    Track
    Morning Bell
    Album
    Breakthrough
    Label
    Motéma Music

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Ancient Chinese Secret Shawn Lee & Clutchy Hopkins 0:59

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    Shawn Lee & Clutchy Hopkins
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    Ancient Chinese Secret
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    Fascinating Fingers
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    Ubiquity

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Riot on 103rd Street Mother Earth 0:25

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    Mother Earth
    Track
    Riot on 103rd Street
    Album
    The Funk of Acid Jazz
    Label
    Metro

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Orbit Exodus Quartet 0:59

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    Exodus Quartet
    Track
    Orbit
    Album
    This Is Acid Jazz: New Voices, Vol. 2
    Label
    Instinct

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And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going Jennifer Holliday 0:30

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    Jennifer Holliday
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    And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going
    Album
    20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Jennifer Holliday
    Label
    Interscope Records

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