Jordin Sparks Biography (1989-)

may have been the youngest when she won the title on the reality show’s sixth season, but the Glendale, AZ, resident had already packed plenty of accomplishments into 17 years. The daughter of Phillippi Sparks, former left cornerback for the Dallas Cowboys and former defensive back for the New York Giants, Sparks  had no formal vocal training, but showed a flair for singing while still a toddler and was drawn to performing of all kinds at an early age. By her early teens, Sparks  was singing, acting in plays and modeling, and already winning acclaim for her talents. Along with performing with Alice Cooper and Michael W. Smith, she was Coca Cola’s Rising Star in 2002 and made her recording debut with 2003’s For Now EP with CCM artist Matthew Ward and engineer Gary Leach. The following year, she won two awards at the 2004 Gospel Music Association Academy, placed second overall in that year’s Music in the Rockies competition, and appeared on America’s Most Talented Kids twice. In 2006, she won a plus-size search held by the Torrid clothing line and appeared in an ad for Torrid in the December issue of Seventeen magazine. That year, Sparks  also auditioned for American Idol, performing in the Los Angeles tryouts; while she didn’t make the cut, she later won the American Idol-affiliated contest Arizona Idol, which allowed her to audition again for the show in Seattle. She made it through to Hollywood on the strength of her rendition of Celine Dion’s “Because You Loved Me” and found a place among the 12 American Idol finalists early in 2007. Her performances of songs such as “I (Who Have Nothing)” and “Hey Baby” showed her charm and versatility, and soon made her a fan favorite. Like fellow American Idols Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, and Taylor Hicks, Sparks  was never in the bottom two or three performers throughout the entire competition. Ultimately, Sparks  beat out Blake Lewis and Melinda Doolittle to become the sixth American Idol on May 23, 2007. Her debut single, “This Is My Now,” was released soon after the show’s May finale, and Sparks  spent that summer appearing on the American Idol tour. She also began working on material for her album, reteaming with Leach on songs that were previewed on her website. The single “Tattoo” preceded her self-titled debut album, which arrived in time for the 2007 holiday season. It also spawned the 2008 hit “No Air”, which featured Chris Brown and peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Sparks  returned in summer 2009 with Battlefield, which was heralded by its namesake single.

4 Comments

  1. lillie

    July 2, 2010 at 12:47 am

    i ove u girl…bee my fren?

  2. jowie

    September 23, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    Hey jordan.I am a fan of yours.keep singing and pay no attention to critical bullies.

  3. merilyn

    February 27, 2011 at 3:34 am

    hey jordan im always on your website never give up singing you so awesome

  4. Charli

    April 29, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    You have a wonderful voice!!!!!!!
    don’t stop till you drop! that’s my motto

    Sincerely:
    Charli

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