The work of a Columbia High School alum received recognition on Sunday night at the 63rd annual Grammy Awards.
“I don’t know how many of you watched the Grammys last evening, but we have one of our former students, along with his father [won] a Grammy for the best R&B album by John Legend, and that was Eric Hudson and his father Curtis Hudson,” South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education member Johanna Wright said at Monday’s monthly meeting.
The father-and-son Hudson duo are listed as co-writers of the song “Remember Us,” which Legend performs with fellow artist Rapsody, and Eric Hudson is also listed as the song’s producer.
Wright noted that Eric Hudson’s father, Curtis Hudson, wrote Madonna’s 1983 debut hit song, “Holiday,” and she added that Eric Hudson’s mother, Dr. Phyllis Bivens-Hudson, taught English at South Orange Middle School for 12 years, before departing to chair a department in another school district. Bivens-Hudson also wrote a memoir titled, “Living on Broken Wings.”
“So I want to give a big, huge SOMA welcome and congratulations to Eric Hudson and his father, Curtis Hudson,” she said. “We need good news, and this is wonderful.”