Before she could talk, Jordin was bouncing along to songs on TV or the radio, and at three years of age she was singing along with her Mom's Crystal Lewis tapes. By grade school she was refining her "act" on the kitchen counter top! She began singing at school and church functions during elementary school, and has loved performing ever since!
After her father's retirement from the NFL, the family settled in the Phoenix area. At age 12 in 2002, she sang and acted with the Valley Youth Theater and won the title of "Arizona's Rising Star" sponsored by Coca Cola. Numerous talent competitions followed in 2003. She became a regular talent winner on Family Nights at the famous western club, Mr. Lucky's, in Glendale, Arizona. People encouraged her to audition for CBS's Star Search, NBC's America's Most Talented Kid, and FOX's American Juniors, and she became a semi-finalist for each show.
In the Fall of 2003, Jordin recorded her first EP in Tyler, Texas at Rosewood Studios. Producing were famed Gospel recording artist, Matthew Ward, and Gary Leach, producer for LeAnn Rimes.
Remember this name: Jordin Sparks, the 13-year-old daughter of Jodi and Phillippi Sparks (yes, the former ASU and NFL star). Her rendition of The Star Spangled Banner the other night at Wells Fargo Arena electrified the ASU crowd. She hit every note with a voice as clear and melodious as anyone this side of Celine Dion. She's my American idol."
....Richard De Uriarte, Arizona Republic, March 9, 2003
In February 2004 Jordin was named the Overall Spotlight Winner at the Gospel Music Association's Academy in Washington, D.C., and she took second place in the National Finals at GMA's Music in the Rockies. She also placed second in the nationwide Young Gun's contest, earning her main-stage sets backed by J.David Sloan and Western Bred at Country Thunder in Arizona. One of her favorite experiences came as a result of winning Alice Cooper's Proof Is In The Pudding contest. She performed onstage with an all-star cast of 70's rockers in Alice's 2004 Christmas Pudding Show at the Dodge Theater in Phoenix.
Jordin has sung the National Anthem for the Phoenix Suns, the Arizona Cardinals and Diamondbacks, and ASU University events, has appeared on 3 TV's "Good Morning Arizona," Cox Cable TV and FOX NEWS, and was one of seven episode winners to perform in the Tournament of Champions on PAX Television's "America's Most Talented Kids" in 2005. Fall of 2005 she sang and acted in the new stage musical, "Magdalene," near Franklin, TN, and capped the year as backup singer on Michael W. Smith's Christmas Tour.
The Winner! American Idol 2007
In 2006, after recording and writing songs for a new project, Jordin won the Arizona State title in the Colgate Country Showdown. She also won the title of Arizona Idol in September , which gave her a free trip to the American Idol auditions in Seattle. After making it to the Hollywood rounds, Jordin began her journey on the world's most watched television singing competition, eventually becoming the youngest contestant to ever win the title of American Idol. She was 17.