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Jordin Sparks

Jordin Sparks may have been the youngest American Idol when she won the title on the reality show's sixth season, but the Glendale, Arizona 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 model 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 and helped provide the "spark" for her first headlining tour of the U.S. Sparks spent the next five years concentrating on television work, film music, and appearing on compilations, but in 2015 she ended the hiatus on her solo career with a new studio LP, Right Here Right Now, which was issued via her new joint label deal with Louder Than Life/RAL. ~ Heather Phares
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Stations Featuring
Jordin Sparks

    Pop Holiday

    Pop Holiday
    2 songs

    Acoustic Rock

    Acoustic Rock
    1 song

    R&B Holiday

    R&B Holiday
    1 song

    Love Songs

    Love Songs
    1 song

    Lite Hits

    1 song

    '00s R&B

    1 song

    Office Friendly Jams

    1 song

Albums by
Jordin Sparks

Top Songs by
Jordin Sparks

  1.   Song
  2.   No Air
  3.   I'll Be Home for Christmas
  4.   Battlefield
  5.   Do You Hear What I Hear?
  6.   Tattoo
  7.   Double Tap
  8.   S.O.S. (Let the Music Play)
  9.   One Step at a Time
  10.   Christmas Time to Me
  11.   Papercut
  12.   You Gotta Want It
  13.   No Air by Chris Brown
  14.   Permanent Monday
  15.   Young and in Love
  16.   God Loves Ugly
  17.   See My Side
  18.   Gasoline
  19.   This Is My Now
  20.   They Don't Give
  21.   Boyz in the Hood
  22.   The Star Spangled Banner (The National Anthem) - As performed at Super Bowl XLII
  23.   Watch You Go
  24.   Postcard
  25.   Emergency (911)
  26.   Freeze
  27.   How Bout Now
  28.   Unhappy by Elijah Blake
  29.   Casual Love by Shaggy
  30.   100 Years
  31.   11-11
  32.   Tell Him That I Love Him
  33.   Left, Right
  34.   Silhouette
  35.   1000 by J-Doe
  36.   Work From Home
  37.   Right Here Right Now
  38.   It Ain't You
  39.   Love Will
  40.   Road to Paradise
  41.   Walking on Snow
  42.   The Cure
  43.   Let It Rain
  44.   It Takes More
  45.   Don't Let It Go to Your Head
  46.   No Air by Chris Brown
  47.   Just for the Record
  48.   Next to You
  49.   I Wish We'd All Been Ready
  50.   Skipping A Beat
  51.   The World I Knew
  52.   Was I the Only One
  53.   No Parade
  54.   Shy Boy
  55.   One Wing
  56.   Faith
  57.   Now You Tell Me
  58.   I Am Woman
  59.   Look Into Your Heart

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