Jordin Sparks

by ethnic on August 17, 2008

Birth Name: Jordin Brianna Sparks

Place of Birth: Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.

Date of Birth: December 22, 1989

*African-American (father)
*German, English, Scottish, Norwegian (mother)

Jordin Sparks is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She won the sixth season of the show American Idol (in 2007). See other American Idol winners here.

Jordin is the daughter of former NFL player Phillippi Sparks, who is African-American, and Jodi (Weidmann), who is caucasian, and who has German, English, Scottish, and Norwegian ancestry.

Jordin is married to model Dana Isaiah.

Jordin’s maternal grandfather is Jim Wiedmann (the son of Otto Wiedmann and Leah Gladys Krause). Otto was born in North Dakota, the son of Phillip/Philip Wiedmann and Dorothea Müller/Mueller, who were ethnic Germans from Russia. Leah was also born in North Dakota, the daughter of Jacob Krause and Frieda Bender, who were also from ethnic German families from Russia.

Jordin’s maternal grandmother is Pamela Rutherford (the daughter of James Marvin Rutherford and Gladys I. Gilleshammer). James had English, Scottish, and German ancestry, and was the son of John Nichol Rutherford and Johannah/Hannah Antonette Dahl. Gladys was of Norwegian descent, the daughter of Peter Gilleshammer and May A. C. Olsen.

Sources: Genealogy of Jordin Sparks (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Genealogy of Jordin’s mother (focusing on her own father’s side) –

Genealogy of Jordin’s maternal grandmother, Pamela Rutherford (focusing on her own father’s side) –

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neiltennant March 29, 2017 at 10:10 am

For a mixed race person whose white mom has northern european roots she does look like an average BLACK

Adamina April 1, 2017 at 6:05 pm

I don’t know about average, but I’ve seen Nigerian women who have looks similar to hers

andrew April 2, 2017 at 10:00 am

Neiltennant, she looks mixed-race but Northern European genes does not make mulattoes lighter (than South or East Euros I suppose you meant), there are plenty of examples in this site.

bablah February 17, 2017 at 7:03 am
M August 22, 2015 at 7:23 pm

She is pretty, but her newest song is … weird and skanky…. I thought she had morals, she’s just turning into another industry hoe.

arjanguelsk August 11, 2014 at 10:15 am

you don’t need more proves if her parents are one black and other white… i don’t see and understand why people deny mixed race… its ridiculous.

arjanguelsk August 11, 2014 at 10:14 am

she is mixed half black/ half white, and she looks like… her skin is lighter, and her facial features and admixtures aren’t full black. And different shades occurs on people when they are mixed (black/white).

Your Mom August 6, 2014 at 2:41 am

I Think She’s Pretty. She Lost A Lot Of Weight These Past Few Years. She Looks Great. Not That She Didn’t Look Good When She Was Plus-Sized, I’m Just Saying….

Freerk July 12, 2014 at 1:43 pm

I would like to say “typical German face”, but that would be wrong … of course … One don’t even see European in her. But nevertheless, she looks nice. Like someone to have a good time with.

someone from the internet August 21, 2014 at 6:36 am

I see a lot of biracial girls that look like Jordin. She looks biracial, not fully black.

alexgxo September 1, 2016 at 8:29 am

The European is obvious. She doesn’t look at all like your typical close to 100 percent SSA person and a lot of her features look European influenced. Look beyond the skin color.

SEEXYPUREBLOODLATINA July 5, 2014 at 8:51 pm

Um..sorry not pretty to me.

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