The music Jordin Sparks has always wanted is Right Here Right Now
“We did it!” exclaims songstress Jordin Sparks in a message to fans posted on her official website (JordinSparks.com). “It’s been six years in the making, but it’s finally time,” writes the 25-year-old American Idol champion about new album, Right Here Right Now. Sparks’ third studio LP is her first project under a new joint label deal with producer Salaam Remi’s Louder Than Life label and Red Associated Labels (RAL)—an imprint of Sony Music Entertainment and 19 Recordings. The new release follows Sparks’ first-ever mixtape, #ByeFelicia, which appeared in November 2014. The album sampler features snippets of several new songs, but only a few of which are included on Right Here Right Now.
Jordin Sparks continues to make music that “touches people,” according to a bio on the singer’s Facebook page. “I hope people are enjoying getting to know me. I am going to keep growing and keep singing, and I hope they join me for the ride,” she says. The new album’s lead single is ‘Double Tap’ featuring 2 Chainz, who co-wrote the tune along with Jonas Jeberg, Victoria Monet McCants, and Tommy Parker. The song peaked at No. 25 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Songs chart.
Right Here Right Now is described as “13 tracks of grown woman reflection, transformation, and liberation.” The press announcement also paints the album—executive produced by Remi (Nas, Amy Winehouse, Alicia Keys)—as “an expression of the contemporary R&B and power vocals that [Sparks] connects with most.” In the tradition of her idols Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey, the Arizona native has reinvented her sound on Right Here Right Now. The pop success she rode to stardom takes a backseat to a “bold, soulful aesthetic that pulses with sensuality and a newfound confidence.”
Since appearing in “Sparkle,” where she acted and recorded with executive producer Houston (who personally chose Sparks for the role after seeing her on Broadway as the star of “In The Heights”), the ‘Battlefield’ singer embarked on a personal makeover. She transformed her plus-size body via diet and exercise, and was included on the cover of “People” magazine’s 2011 “Most Amazing Bodies” issue. She also began to make the type of music she has always loved.
“I didn’t know if this opportunity would come again; it’s been six years since my last project,” she says. “I wanted to encourage young women and empower them, but also let my fans know that I am right there with them, through the heartbreaks and mistakes.” Sparks says she has a “deep emotional connection” to all the songs on Right Here Right Now from the self-assurance of surviving it all (‘It Ain’t You,’ ‘Gasoline’) to a power ballad viewed from the perspective of a jilted woman talking to “the other woman” (‘Tell Him That I Love Him’).
“Each song, whether I wrote it or not, I had to relate to on a personal level and really, really love,” she tells the Today morning news and entertainment program. “Everything on [Right Here Right Now] is a real reflection of something I went through or how I was feeling at a certain time.” Sparks continues to make TV and personal appearances in support of the new album, but currently there are no plans to tour.
Watch Jordin Sparks in the official music video for ‘Double Tap’ featuring 2 Chainz. The song is one of the featured singles from the singer’s third studio album, Right Here Right Now.
As A Matter of Fact…
* Jordin Brianna Sparks was born December 22, 1989, in Glendale, Arizona. She is the daughter of former NFL cornerback, Phillippi Sparks, and grew up in the suburbs of Ridgewood, N.J., while her father played for the New York Giants.
* Sparks showed a flair for singing while still a toddler. As a teenager she won several talent shows for her singing, and she acted in plays as well as modeled. Sparks made her recording debut in 2003 with an EP titled For Now with CCM artist Matthew Ward and engineer Gary Leach.
* In 2004 Sparks won two awards at the Gospel Music Association Academy, finishing second overall in that year's Music in the Rockies competition. She also made two appearances on America's Most Talented Kids.
* Sparks initially auditioned for American Idol in 2006, failing to make the national competition, but winning the affiliated Arizona Idol. Her second audition for American Idol earned her a spot as a Top 12 finisher in the 2007 season.
* The then 17-year-old Sparks was never in the bottom two or three performers throughout the entire American Idol competition, eventually beating out Blake Lewis and Melinda Doolittle to become winner of the show’s sixth season.
* Her debut single, ‘This Is My Now,’ was released in May 2007 and Sparks spent the following summer appearing on the American Idol tour. She also teamed back up with Gary Leach and began working on material for her debut album.
* The single ‘Tattoo’ preceded Sparks’ self-titled Top 10 debut album, which spawned the 2008 hit single ‘No Air’ featuring Chris Brown. The song peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100, and Sparks returned in the summer of 2009 with Battlefield and the Top 10 title track single.