Cowell said, "Jordin was the most improved over the whole season – didn't start the best, but midway through this was the girl who suddenly got momentum." He included that "Young girl, likeable, and the singer won over the entertainer [Lewis]." Four selected songs Sparks had performed on American Idol, including the season's coronation song, "This Is My Now", were made available on her self-titled EP, released on May 22, 2007, the day before the grand finale.The following summer, Sparks took part in the American Idols LIVE!The following year, Sparks took part in a tribute to Simon Cowell with other former contestants at the ninth season finale on May 26, 2010.During the tenth season, Sparks performed her new song "I Am Woman" on the Top 4 results show.That year, Sparks made her Broadway debut in the musical In The Heights, starring as Nina Rosario.She made her feature film debut in the musical film Sparkle (2012).Sparks's second studio album, Battlefield (2009), debuted at number 7 on the Billboard 200 chart. Throughout her career, Sparks has won numerous awards, including an NAACP Image Award, a BET Award, an American Music Award, a People's Choice Award and two Teen Choice Awards.
Her father is African-American and her mother is Caucasian.
Prior to Idol, Sparks frequently performed the national anthem at various local sporting events, notably for the Phoenix Suns, Arizona Cardinals, and Arizona Diamondbacks.
Sparks also appeared with Alice Cooper in his 2004 Christmas show and toured with Christian contemporary singer Michael W. In 2006, Sparks was one of six winners of the Phoenix Torrid search for the "Next Plus Size Model".
She appeared on the finale of the eleventh season singing "You'll Never Walk Alone" alongside that year's fourth-place contestant Hollie Cavanagh.
Sparks was the most recent female to win the competition until the twelfth season.
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.