Hudson was regularly compared to Houston: both were beautiful black women blessed with multi-octave voices that could seamlessly stretch from honey sweet whispers to Aretha-worthy gospel runs. Among American gospel singers, Hudson bore the closest resemblance to Yolanda Adams. To my ear, her voice was a fusion of Houston’s polished grit and songbird Deniece Williams’s pretty pop.
But unlike Houston, Adams, or Williams, Hudson was also a prodigious songwriter, arranger, producer, and musician. In that regard, the lady could have been a surrogate Clark Sister.
“I was impacted by Lavine before I was even a teenager, hearing her sing in her father’s church with such amazing brilliance,” UK gospel producer Nicky Brown told Great Britain’s Keep The Faith magazine. “She was a super confident, amazingly talented singer and songwriter, and what most people don’t know [is] she was also a musician and was wowing us and all the guests that would come to our church on a regular basis.”