The following summer, Sparks took part in the American Idols LIVE!
Sparks has a younger brother, Phillippi "PJ" Sparks, Jr., who plays football at Arizona Christian University.
Her father is African-American and her mother is Caucasian.
American Idol judge Randy Jackson made the offhand prediction that "Curly hair will win this year." While on the show, Sparks gained a loyal fan base known as "Sparkplugs".
On May 23, 2007, Sparks was crowned the winner of the sixth season of American Idol.
During the tenth season, Sparks performed her new song "I Am Woman" on the Top 4 results show.
She appeared on the finale of the eleventh season singing "You'll Never Walk Alone" alongside that year's fourth-place contestant Hollie Cavanagh.
She grew up in the suburbs of Ridgewood, New Jersey, while her father played as a defensive back for the New York Giants.
After living in New Jersey, Sparks attended Northwest Community Christian School in Phoenix through the eighth grade.
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 Award nomination for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals. (Let the Music Play)", became Sparks' first number one on the Hot Dance Club Play chart.
and again in Seattle after winning Arizona Idol, a talent competition conducted by Phoenix Fox station KSAZ-TV.