Jennifer Hudson’s Got Game at CBS

Actress-singer the new voice of the network’s NCAA anthem “One Shining Moment”

Last Updated: March 9, 2010 @ 4:02 PM

Jennifer Hudson has come down with a case of The Madness.

The March Madness, that is!

The Oscar winner has recorded a new version of CBS Sports’ "One Shining Moment," the anthem the network uses at the end of the NCAA tourney. It’s played over highlights from the epic battle that takes place each March to determine the best college hoops team.

Hard to believe, but the tune is now 24 years old. And Hudson is the first female singer to record the song for CBS.

"This is the biggest honor to be the first woman to record ‘One Shining Moment,’" Hudson said via CBS press release. "I am so excited to be singing such a great song behind the likes of Luther Vandross and Teddy Pendergrass The song inspires you. It moves you. It motivates you and helps you reach that goal and that dream."

Harold Bryant said Hudson’s version of "OSM" manages to give the song "a modern touch but holds on to the tradition of the song that college basketball fans have loved for years."

Hudson layed down the vocal track for "OSM" Feb. 13 in LA. It will be heard in full on April 5, when March Madness comes to a late end. Her version was produced by Harvey Mason, Jr. — a member of the Arizon Wildcats basetball team.

The late Vandross has been the most recent voice of "OSM."