It has been nothing short of a whirlwind: The thenyoungest-ever winner of American Idol, Jordin Sparks was just seventeen yearsold when she won the coveted title. In reflection, it was the best trainingground she could have ever had. “I didn’t know it when we were doing the show,but all the interviews and behind-the-scenes stuff prepared me for now. Beingon Idol was exciting, exhilarating and slightly traumatic. I won the show I wasa fan of, what could be better?” Thrown right in to the spotlight, and in tothe recording studio, Jordin passed GO and never looked back.
In the four years that have followed, Jordin has releasedtwo albums on 19 Recordings/Jive Records. Her self-titled debut went platinum,selling over 2 million copies worldwide, with the first three singles going top5 and the album’s second single, “No Air” selling 4 million digital downloads.“No Air” also is the highest selling single by any American Idol contestant andis listed #27 in Billboard’s Top 40 Biggest Duets of All Time. Jordin’s secondrelease, 2009’s BATTLFIELD, debuted on the Billboard Album chart at numberseven, with the first single, also called "Battlefield," reaching thetop ten on the Billboard Singles Chart and second single, "S.O.S. (Let theMusic Play),” topping the US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart, becomingJordin’s first #1. Sparks also co-wrote four tracks on the album, including“911 Emergency,” “Was I The Only One,” “Faith,” and “The Cure.” Cumulatively,her popular singles have sold almost 9 million downloads/ringtones.
Sparks has toured with Alicia Keys, The Jonas Brothers, andBritney Spears and performed for Presidents Bush and Obama, won two BET Awards,one American Music Award, one People’s Choice Award and has been nominated fortwo MTV Awards and one Grammy.
So with domination of popular music checked off her bucketlist, what was Sparks going to do next? First up, Broadway. Debuting as NinaRosario in the Tony award winning musical In The Heights in the Fall of 2010,Sparks spent 12 weeks on the great white way. In the Fall of 2010 Jordin alsounveiled her first ever fragrance line with the fruity floriental scent titled,“Because of You”- thoughtfully named by Sparks to pay tribute to her fans thathave helped her to achieve her dreams.
In the summer of 2011 Jordin Sparks was featured on thecover of People Magazine’s Summer Double Issue, MOST AMAZING BODIES, sang thetheme song for the Disney film, “African Cats”, released the hot dance single,“I Am Woman” (which became the theme song of the WNBA), and joined New Kids onthe Block/Backstreet Boys as a special guest on their North American summertour. 2012 is proving to be even more exciting as Sparks makes her feature filmdebut as Sparkle in the SONY Pictures film by the same name.