Remember that TV show American Idol, where people dissolve musical talent into a cutthroat Twitter tournament? Jordin Sparks (and Pepperidge Farms) remembers. The 24-year old Glendale singer took home the gold in 2007, and she's kept busy ever since. Most recently, Sparks signed to a new label and released a new single, "It Ain't You," not to mention her oh-so-modernly titled "mixtape," #BYEFELICIA. Her third album, Right Here, Right Now, is due for release in early 2015.
Sparks was only 17 when she won Season Six of American Idol, and that same year, her self-titled debut album quickly went Platinum, selling more than a million copies. Her second single from the record, "No Air," won the "Choice Hook-Up" award at the 2008 Teen Choice Awards, which is a little strange considering Sparks' age at the time, and the fact that the song featured Chris Brown. Oh, how the times have changed.
Yet, following her chart-topping sophomore album Battlefield, it's clear that Sparks wasn't destined to become another Idol burnout. Besides opening for Britney Spears and the Jonas Brothers, Sparks also performed Battlefield's song "Faith" at President Obama's 2009 inauguration.
This doesn't even touch on the wave of accolades Sparks has received over the years, including two BET awards, one American Music award, a People's Choice Award, a GRAMMY Award nomination, and two MTV Video Music Awards.More »