The daughter of former NFL player Phillippi Sparks, Jordin pursued performing from an early age, competing on America's Most Talented Kids, releasing an album at age 13 and earning a multitude of accolades. Sparks' American Idol journey began in her home state, when she won a local Fox-affiliate-sponsored contest called Arizona Idol, which paid her way to the Seattle auditions. The 17-year-old did not disappoint, wowing judges and viewers alike with her vocal maturity. After winning Idol's sixth season, the multitasking---and very busy---performer embarked on a successful singing career, launched a clothing line called Sparks, introduced the fragrance Because of You, and made her Broadway debut in 2010, appearing in the musical In the Heights.

Fast Facts

  • Was named the Coca Cola Rising Star at the Arizona State Fair in 2002.
  • Performed in high-school productions of A Christmas Carol and Footloose.
  • Sang at the memorial service for Pat Tillman, the former Arizona Cardinals player who was killed in action in Afghanistan.
  • Sang the national anthem at the Arizona Cardinals' home opener in September 2006.
  • Won a local Fox-affiliate-sponsored contest called Arizona Idol, which sent her to the American Idol auditions in Seattle as the prize.
  • Winner of Season 6 of American Idol (2007); runner-up was Blake Lewis.


  • 2009, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Combined Forces: Winner


  • Jodi Sparks — Mother
  • Phillippi Sparks — Father
  • Jason Derulo — Ex-significant Other
  • Phillippi `P.J.' Sparks Jr. — Brother

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  • Birth Name: Jordin Brianna Sparks
  • Birth Place: Phoenix, Arizona, United States
  • Profession: Reality cast member, Singer

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