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Jordin Sparks

Former "American Idol" champion Jordin Sparks is the featured musical act for the 2013 Billings Clinic Classic. 

Pop star Jordin Sparks will headline the Billings Clinic Classic on Aug. 24 at the Alberta Bair Theater.

Tickets are $80 for the concert and after-concert street party, and $160 for the pre-concert party, concert, and post-concert party. To purchase tickets, call the foundation at 657-4670.

Jim Duncan, president of the Billings Clinic Foundation, said he has been trying to bring Sparks here for several years because he believes that a fresh pop star will be unique for the Classic.

“One of our goals with the Classic is to find an act that will appeal to a wide demographic,” Duncan said. “We really felt that Jordin fit what we were looking for.”

Sparks won the sixth season of “American Idol” and appeared on the show during the season finale Thursday night.

Her debut album, released in 2007, went platinum, selling more than 2 million copies. The first three singles on the album hit the Top 5 on Billboard and the single, “No Air,” sold 4 million digital downloads. “S.O.S. (Let the Music Play),” off her second album became Sparks’ first No. 1 hit.

Sparks has toured with Alicia Keys, The Jonas Brothers, and Britney Spears. She preformed for presidents Bush and Obama, won two Black Entertainment Television Awards, one American Music Award, and was nominated for two MTV Awards and a Grammy.

Her 2012 film, “Sparkle,” with the late Whitney Houston, has led to another feature film, “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete,” which was produced by Alicia Keys and is due out soon.

This year’s Classic, chaired by retired Billings Clinic surgeon Dr. Paul Grmoljez, will support a $13.5 million expansion and renovation of Billings Clinic’s operating room facilities. The renovated facility will expand to include 13 operating rooms.

“The time has come to create another state-of-the-art facility that will serve our patients for the next 30 years, and it’s my distinct honor to be a part of the efforts to help raise funds for this important cause,” Grmoljez said.


Entertainment Reporter

Jaci Webb covers entertainment for The Billings Gazette.