BEHIND THE MUSIC
Keeping Music Alive
Jordin Sparks is a Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum, singer/songwriter and actress who, in one of the show’s highest rated seasons, garnered worldwide attention as winner of season six American Idol. Sparks was just seventeen years old when she won the coveted title.
Her self-titled debut went platinum, selling over two million copies worldwide. The first three singles of "Jordin Sparks" went top five and the album’s second single, “No Air” sold four million digital downloads. “No Air” has the distinction of being the third highest selling single by any American Idol contestant and is listed #27 in Billboard’s Top 40 Biggest Duets of All Time. Sparks’ second release, “Battlefield,” debuted on the Billboard Album chart at number seven. Cumulatively, Sparks popular singles have sold over 10 million digital tracks in the US.
Sparks is also a gifted songwriter. Arianna Grande’s smash single, “The Way,” was co-written by Sparks and earned her a BMI songwriting award. Her critically acclaimed mixed tape, BYE FELICIA, was a sampler of her highly-anticipated album, RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW. The album was released in August of 2015 to rave reviews. She has toured with superstars Britney Spears, Alicia Keys, The Jonas Brothers, New Kids on The Block and the Backstreet Boys, as well as headlined her own tour.
Sparks impressive vocal talent has made her the go-to anthem singer and she has performed at many high-profile sporting events such as Super Bowl (XLII), NASCAR’s Daytona 500, Indy 500, etc. She has also lent her voice to recordings for films such as Disney’s African Cats, Beauty and the Beast and Best Man Holiday. She has garnered two BET Awards, one American Music Award, one People’s Choice Award and has been nominated for two MTV Awards and a Grammy.
After Sparks Battlefield tour, she headed straight to The Great White Way and starred in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway smash, In the Heights. She made her film debut playing the lead role in the SONY Pictures film, Sparkle, opposite Whitney Houston. Other film credits include, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete, opposite Jennifer Hudson and Anthony Mackie (produced by Alicia Keys), Left Behind with Nicholas Cage, and the Christopher Hicky directed film, The Grace of Jake. This past summer she appeared in two films. Jordin was the voice of Daisy in the movie, SHOW DOGS, and Bridgette in her last film, GOD BLESS THE BROKEN ROAD.. She has also appeared in numerous television programs and specials both as an actress and performer such as VH1 Divas, Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, Nickelodeon’s Big Time Rush, CSI Crime Scene Investigation, Lifetime movie Dear Secret Santa, Billboard Music Awards, and more.
Jordin’s positive body image, message and success has impacted people worldwide. She considers philanthropy an integral part of her life and was recently profiled by CNN Heroes and Dress for Success for her charity work. Various organizations and campaigns supported include the U.S.O. by traveling to the Middle East with the Chairman of the Joints Chief of Staff to perform for the troops, Partnership for Healthier America, The Boys and Girls Club of America, Reading is Fundamental, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Special Olympics, VH1 Save The Music Foundation, Starkey Hearing Foundation, Stand Up to Cancer and many others through her own charity, The M.A.D. (Making A Difference) Girls.
Last year Jordin returned to the Broadway stage as the lead in WAITRESS, music by Sara Bareilles to critical acclaim. Today she continues to act and is also considered a social media influencer due to her impressive social media following. She has also successfully transitioned into network broadcasting hosting/co-hosting on some of television’s most iconic programs such as The Dish on Dr. Oz, NBC’s TODAY Show, ABC’s The View, CBS’ The Talk, PBS’ Great Performances (with John Lithgow) amongst others.
Sparks released two new albums in 2020. “Sounds Like Me,” released in August and her first-ever Christmas album, “Cider & Hennessy,” out now. She’s already hard at work on her next album, slated for release in early 2021.