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Jordin Sparks was born in Phoenix, Arizona in 1989, the daughter of former professional football player Philippi Sparks. Though only 17 years old at the time, Sparks had enough charm and talent to beat out thousands of other competitors to win first place in the sixth season of the popular FOX musical variety show American Idol. Since her American Idol debut, Sparks� fame has been rising steadily worldwide, compounded by multiple TV appearances and the release of her first album, Jordin Sparks.

The young songstress started her musical career early, drawing inspiration from Beyonce Knowles, Aretha Franklin, and Whitney Houston. Before becoming the youngest contestant to ever win American Idol, Jordin Sparks won a number of other musical competitions including the statewide Arizona Idol event and the 2006 Drug Free Arizona Superstar Search. In the wake of her American Idol victory she signed a record deal with Jive Records (home label to fellow rising R&B star Chris Brown) and released her first self-titled album on Jive in late 2007.

Proving that her American Idol success was no fluke, Jordin Sparks� first album debuted respectably at the #10 spot of the Billboard Top 200 and went on to sell over a 600,000 copies to date, earning a coveted gold certification from the RIAA. The album�s first single "Tattoo" (her first top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100) was quickly followed up by "No Air", a duet with Chris Brown that reached the #5 spot of the Hot 100 list. Sparks plans to release her next single, "One Step At A Time", sometime in 2008.

The teen has big plans in store for 2008. She will be the opening act for superstar Alicia Keys throughout her statewide As I Am tour, and is currently in talks with supermodel/television celebrity Tyra Banks about a possible role in an upcoming television series Tyra is producing.

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Winner of American Idol Season 6.

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Jordin Brianna Sparks (born December 22, 1989) is an American pop/R&B recording artist, singer-songwriter, and actress from Glendale, Arizona who rose to fame as the winner of the sixth season of American Idol. Sparks won when she was 17 years old, making her the youngest winner in history. She followed her American Idol victory with the release of her self-titled debut album in 2007, which has gone platinum 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.

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Jordin Brianna Sparks (born December 22, 1989) is an American pop/R&B singer, songwriter and actress from Glendale, Arizona who rose to fame as the winner of the sixth season of American Idol. Sparks won when she was 17 years old, making her the youngest winner. She followed her American Idol victory with the release of her self-titled debut album in 2007, which has gone platinum and has sold over 2 million copies worldwide. Sparks' second single, "No Air", which features Chris Brown, is the song with the most paid downloads 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 won an American Music Award in 2008 and received her first Grammy nomination in 2009.

Sparks' sophomore album Battlefield was released in July 2009 worldwide and debuted at #7 in the US, 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 and has sold more than a million copies thus far. Sparks has sold about 9 million singles worldwide to date. Sparks' first five singles all peaked in the top 20 on the US Billboard Hot 100, three of them peaking in the top 10. Battlefield's second single, "S.O.S. (Let the Music Play)", was her first song to top the US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play making it her first U.S. number one single.

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