Whitney Houston and Jordin Sparks in "Sparkle"

Jordin Sparks And John Legend Give Powerful Performances In Whitney Houston’s Honor

This evening, American Idol Season Six winner, the talented Jordin Sparks, became a superstar.

During the Billboard Awards, a tribute to honor the late and the great Whitney Houston was given. The tribute featured John Legend performing “The Greatest Love Of All” followed by Jordin’s resounding performance of “And I Will Always Love You”.

It was quite the emotional journey. Ms. Houston’s daughter, Bobbi Christina, was visibly moved throughout both performances, as was I and millions of viewers watching the Billboard Awards.

However, despite the shaky nerves, Jordin’s performance was absolutely stellar, She gave a solid, emotional performance of this iconic Whitney song,

This young lady has been flying under the radar since whe won American Idol five years ago, But stars are not only born – they are created. It takes time, effort and a “paying your dues” approach when traveling the road to success. Especially permanent success

After her American Idol win, there was so much banking on this girl’s success in the music industry and it was only a matter of time before she would explode into a star before our eyes.


In August, Jordin will star, along with the late Whitney Houston, in the much-anticipated movie, “Sparkle”. In the film, Whitney plays Jordin’s mother. It was the final film and musical project of Ms. Houston’s career and is sure to be extremely successful at the box office

And, for Jordin, will she follow in the footsteps of Idol alumnus, Jennifer Hudson and receive a nomination for an Oscar? It’s too soon to tell, but whatever happens, Jordin’s life is about to change forever.

About Masterclass Lady

Rosanne (Giallonardo) Simunovic began her musical career in Timmins, Ontario. She studied piano with Anne Pizzale and later, at an advanced level, with Soeur Anita Vaugeois (Sister Cecile of Les Soeurs De L’Assomption in Timmins). Her vocal and accompaniment skills were nurtured by her aunt, the late Dorothea Mascioli. When Rosanne graduated from O’Gorman High School, she moved on to the University of Toronto where she continued her piano and vocal studies while attaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She was hired as a piano accompanist for several musical companies, most notably, the National Ballet Of Canada. She presently holds an A.R.C.T. Teacher’s Diploma in Voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Rosanne has studied choral conducting with numerous well known Canadian Conductors, including Wayne Riddell of Montreal, Quebec and the internationally renowned Dr. Elmer Iseler. She has been a founding member of numerous community-based arts organizations: the Timmins Arts Council, later known as Arts & Culture Timmins, the Timmins Symphony Orchestra, and, the Timmins Youth Singers…as well as the TYS Alumnus choir, the Timmins Concert Singers. In 1987, she was also selected to be the conductor of the Timmins Board Of Education Choir, comprised of talented students from Grades 5 to 8. In 1988, she was elected to the Board Of Directors of the Ontario Choral Federation (now known as Choirs Ontario), where she served as Chair of the Festivals Committee for six consecutive seasons. In 1996, in honour of the Ontario Choral Federation’s 25th Anniversary, Rosanne was selected as one of 25 recipients of the OCF’s Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contribution to the choral art. The ceremony was presided by Lieutenant Governor, Hal Jackman. In November 1997, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Rotary Club Of Timmins to receive the prestigious Paul Harris Award for her years of dedication to the artistic development of young musical talent in Timmins. In August of 2002, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Board Of Directors of Choirs Ontario to serve as Conductor of both the Provincial Junior and Teen Choir Camps, now renamed in honour of the Camp Benefactors, Don and Lillian Wright. In November 2002, Rosanne was the one of the recipients of the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, honouring her work in the development of the arts in Timmins. Under Rosanne Simunovic’s direction, the Timmins Youth Singers and the Timmins Concert Singers have been featured in numerous choral festivals and performing opportunities outside of Timmins. In 1985, they were selected to partici

5 Responses to “Jordin Sparks And John Legend Give Powerful Performances In Whitney Houston’s Honor”

  1. Breathtakingly beautiful performance! You made your mentor and friend proud. You gave her the highest honor one could give another your love and deepest respect. She will rest in peace knowing another gifted talent is on the rise.


  2. Whitney Houston was my all time favorite female singer. It’s still hard to believe she is gone. She was amazing but the most moving performance of hers for me was her performance of “I Didn’t Know My Own Strength” on the Oprah Winfrey show. She tried so hard to fight back but it just wasn’t to be. Some people are put here to be examples of the right things to do and others are put here to deliver a different message and teach us a different lesson.

    Jordan and John did an amazing job. I know she is gone from us but I really feel she was harvested from this earth to enhance God’s heavenly choir on high. She is performing with God’s choir of angels now and may her soul rest in peace.

    May God be with you, Bobbi Christina, and keep you strong.


  3. I am so looking forward to “Sparkle”. I enjoyed the original movie and I think the remake can only be better.


  4. Natasha – I had no idea this was a remake. Thanks for letting me know. Will have to check out the original.


  5. Pamela Purifoy May 22, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    WOW!!!! Jordin Sparks nailed “I will always love you”!!! Hit it out of the ball park!


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