Tuesday, August 28, 2012
In front of a 2012 US Open crowd that boasted a former and current New York City Mayors, celebrity guests such as Alec Baldwin and wife Hilaria Thomas, Stanley Tucci, Vogue Editor Anna Wintour and many more, Jordin Sparks, who won American Idol as a teenager in 2007, performed a riveting version of The Star Spangled Banner in front of an appreciative packed house.
The 22-year-old confidently walked out, took her place and belted out the song with no hesitation, as she has performed the Anthem on numerous prior occasions.
A year after winning Idol, she performed the song at the Super Bowl to a mass TV audience.
Her father, Phillippi Sparks, was a defensive back in the NFL. The cornerback played nine years in the NFL and eight years with the New York Giants before ending his career with the Dallas Cowboys.
Since her rise to fame five years ago, Sparks has lost an impressive 50lbs.
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