First Listen: Hear Jennifer Hudson's New Song for Empire
03/09/2015 AT 09:05 AM EDT
On the hit drama's upcoming episode – airing Wednesday, March 11, on Fox at 9 p.m. ET – Hudson plays Michelle, who forms a new musical relationship with eldest son Andre, played by Trai Byers.
Hudson's fellow Grammy winner Mary J. Blige also guest stars as a woman from the past of patriarch Lucious Lyon's – played by Terrence Howard.
Hudson lends her powerful voice to the song "Remember the Music." (Catch that and other tunes on the upcoming Original Soundtrack from Season 1 of Empire, out March 10.)
" 'Remember the Music' truly exemplifies the power that music can have in all of our lives," Hudson tells PEOPLE.
"In my own life and my own art, I have always aimed to move past barriers and step outside my comfort zone as much as possible, and music has always been a tool that has allowed me to do so. This song really showcases the ability that music has in helping people to find strength and clarity."