Jordin Sparks Biography

Jordin Sparks Biography
Jordin Sparks (born December 22, 1989 in Staten Island, New York) is an American singer. On May 23, 2007, Jordin Sparks was declared the winner of the sixth season of the reality television show American Idol. At 17, this makes her the youngest winner in American Idol history. Jordin Sparks is also the only winner who is from the Southwest, rather than the traditional American South.

Biography

Jordin was born in Staten Island, New York to Jodi Wiedmann and Phillippi Sparks, a former NFL football player for the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys. She has a younger brother PJ (Phillippi Sparks, Jr). Sparks is currently homeschooled and is a resident of Glendale, Arizona.

Jordin appeared on the January 17, 2007 broadcast of American Idol, earning a "gold ticket" and the right to appear in the Hollywood Round. American Idol judge Randy Jackson, made the offhand prediction that "Curly hair will win this year," which may have been made in reference to Sparks.

In June of 2002, Jordin Sparks also appeared in Viet's production of Cinderella and another production of The Wiz in August 2002.  Her first appearance was in March 2002 as an Emerald City dancer and as a poppy in The Wiz.

In 2003, at the age of thirteen, Sparks recorded a five-song album titled For Now, working with Matthew Ward, a legendary Christian music artist, and Gary Leach, an engineer who has worked on several of Leann Rimes' albums.

In 2004,  Jordin Sparks appeared in a compilation album titled Live at Mr. Lucky's in 2004. As an actress, Sparks has appeared in several plays, recently starring in a dual role as characters Deborah and Bea in Magdalene at the Plumbline Theater in Franklin, Tennessee. She's also performed several times with Vaudeville Youth Theatre Company and Valley Youth Theatre in Phoenix.

Jordin finished second in 2004 at the Music in the Rockies national competition for aspiring Contemporary Christian Music artists.

Sparks has performed the national anthem at various sporting events, notably for the Phoenix Suns, the Arizona Cardinals, and the Arizona Diamondbacks. She has also sung in such events as Country Thunder, a country music venue. She has appeared with Alice Cooper (in his 2004 Christmas show) and has twice toured with Christian contemporary singer Michael W. Smith. Smith has shown support of Sparks by encouraging Idol viewers to vote for her on his website.

Sparks has been candid in her opposition to abortion. She performed at Arizona's Right to Life 2005 conference and at other pro-life events. Sparks also, on her MySpace profile, has a photo of herself holding a "Stop Abortion Now" sign.

In 2006, Sparks was one of two winners who won the Phoenix Torrid search for the "Next Plus Size Model." Jordin Sparks was flown to California where she was used in a number of Torrid ads and promotional pieces. A full-page ad for Torrid featuring Jordin ran in the December 2006 issue of Seventeen magazine.





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