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Jordin Sparks (1989)

Jordin Brianna Sparks

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Jordin Brianna Sparks is an American pop / R&B singer and actress who rose to fame as the winner of the sixth season of American Idol. She hails from Glendale, Arizona. Sparks won when she was 17 years old, making her the youngest winner in Idol history. She followed her American Idol victory with the release of her self-titled debut album in 2007, which has gone platinum in the U.S. and has sold over 2 million copies worldwide. Sparks' single, "No Air" is the highest selling single by any American Idol contestant, selling about 4 million digital copies worldwide. Due to the success of her debut album and its four top 20 singles, she has received numerous awards and nominations including an American Music Award in 2008 and her first Grammy nomination in 2009. In 2009, Billboard magazine's 91th-best-selling music artist of the 2000–2009 decade.

Sparks made guest appearances on several television series in the following years, beginning with The Suite Life On Deck. Sparks' second album Battlefield was released in July 2009 worldwide and debuted at number seven in the U.S., three spots higher than her first album. The album's lead single, also titled "Battlefield", peaked in the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it her third top 10 single and fifth consecutive top 20 single. Sparks is the only Idol contestant to have their first five singles reach the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100. "Battlefield" has sold almost 2 million copies worldwide. Sparks has sold over 9 million singles worldwide to date, making her one of the most successful idol winners. Battlefield's second single, "S.O.S. ", was her first song to top the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play making it her first U.S. number one single. Sparks followed her success in 2010 by making her debut on Broadway. Sparks starred as Nina Rosario in the Tony Award winning broadway musical, In The Heights. She will make her film debut in the remake of Sparkle.

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Sparks was born in Phoenix, Arizona to Jodi Weidmann Sparks and former professional football player Phillippi Sparks. Sparks has a younger brother, Phillippi "PJ" Sparks, Jr., who plays football for the Fighting Sioux at the University of North Dakota. She grew up in the suburbs of Ridgewood, New Jersey, while her father played as a defensive back for the New York Giants. After living in New Jersey, Sparks attended Northwest Community Christian School in Phoenix through the eighth grade. Sparks attended Sandra Day O'Connor High School until 2006, when she was homeschooled to better concentrate on her singing. Sparks is an evangelical Christian and attends Calvary Community Church in Phoenix. On her American Idol biography, she thanks her parents and God for her win. She wears a purity ring that symbolizes her desire to remain a virgin until marriage. She won an award for best young artist of the year in Arizona for three years.

Before appearing on American Idol, Sparks participated in and won such talent competitions as Coca-Cola's Rising Star, the Gospel Music Association Academy's Overall Spotlight Award, America's Most Talented Kids, Colgate Country Showdown, and the 2006 Drug Free AZ Superstar Search. Prior to Idol, Sparks frequently performed the national anthem at various local sporting events, notably for the Phoenix Suns, Arizona Cardinals, and Arizona Diamondbacks. Sparks also appeared with Alice Cooper in his 2004 Christmas show and toured with Christian contemporary singer Michael W. Smith in 2006. In 2006, Sparks was one of six winners of the Phoenix Torrid search for the "Next Plus Size Model". She was flown to California, where she was used in a number of Torrid ads and promotional pieces. A full-page ad for Torrid featuring Sparks ran in the December 2006 issue of Seventeen magazine.

On June 15, 2011, Sparks had her first-ever bikini shoot for the cover of People Magazine's Most Amazing Bodies issue. When speaking about her weight loss and diet to Access Hollywood, Sparks said, "My diet has pretty much remained the same, like if I want a piece of bread, I’m gonna have a piece of bread, but I’m making healthier decisions like instead of a bag of chips for a snack, I’ll see if I can find an apple. I’ve also upped my intake of vegetables and I’m drinking a lot more water."

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Name Duration Released
No Parade 03:31 17/07/2009
Watch You Go 03:52 17/07/2009
It Takes More 03:35 17/07/2009
S.O.S. 03:34 17/07/2009
The Cure 04:17 17/07/2009
Don't Let It Go to Your Head 04:10 17/07/2009
Faith 03:22 17/07/2009
Walking on Snow 03:29 17/07/2009
Was I the Only One 03:21 17/07/2009
Emergency 03:47 17/07/2009
Let It Rain 03:45 17/07/2009
Battlefield 04:01 12/05/2009
One Step at a Time 03:25 10/06/2008
Save Me 03:46 11/02/2008
No Air 04:24 11/02/2008
See My Side 03:44 20/11/2007
Young and in Love 03:24 20/11/2007
Permanent Monday 04:12 20/11/2007
Just for the Record 03:56 20/11/2007
Next to You 03:17 20/11/2007
Now You Tell Me 03:07 20/11/2007
Shy Boy 03:22 20/11/2007
This Is My Now 03:51 20/11/2007
Freeze 04:13 20/11/2007
God Loves Ugly 04:15 20/11/2007
Tattoo 03:53 25/09/2007
A Broken Wing 00:00 22/05/2007
To Love Somebody 00:00 22/05/2007
Wishing on a Star 00:00 22/05/2007
I 00:00 22/05/2007

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