Jordin Sparks, is an American singer-songwriter and actress. She rose to fame in 2007 after winning the sixth season of American Idol at age 17, becoming the youngest winner in the series’ history. Her self-titled debut studio album, released later that year, was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and has sold over two million copies worldwide. The album spawned the Billboard Hot 100 top-ten singles “Tattoo” and “No Air”; the latter, a collaboration with Chris Brown, is currently the third highest-selling single by any American Idol contestant, selling over three million digital copies in the United States. The song earned Sparks her first Grammy Awardnomination for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.
Sparks’s second studio album, Battlefield (2009), debuted at number 7 on the Billboard 200 chart. Its title single reached number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, making Sparks the only American Idol contestant to have her first five singles reach the top 20 in the United States. Billboard magazine ranked her as the 91st Artist of the 2000s Decade. She has sold 1.3 million albums, making her one of the most successful American Idol contestants of all time.
Following the release of Battlefield, Sparks ventured into acting, pursuing television and Broadway. She made her stage debut as Nina Rosario in the musical In The Heights and her feature film debut as the titular character in Sparkle. Sparks has also released several perfumes, including Because of You… in 2010 as well as Fascinate and Ambition in 2012.
Tonight Sparks joins Jessie Mueller, Katharine McPhee, Betsy Wolfe, Nicolette Robinson, Shoshana Bean, Alison Luff and Sara Bareilles as Jenna in the Broadway musical Waitress.