Jordin’s vocal coach feels “hurt” that Jordin says she received no training

For her official American Idol 6 biography, Jordin Sparks was asked, “Do you have any formal singing training?” She answered “No.”

However, a woman tells Star magazine that she was Jordin’s vocal coach, and that she’s “hurt” by Jordin’s omission.

Melissa Black says, “Jordin was just 14 years old when she studied with me in 2004. We were together for nine months of intense vocal work, with Jordin taking one 30-minute class a week at $25 per class. I knew she wouldn’t take long to perfect her craft because she was so good.”

After she read Jordin’s bio, Black says, “I was hurt for a week. Jordin didn’t have to mention my name, but at least acknowledge you had training. But I’ve moved on, and I hold my head up high.”

Jordin’s Secret Weapon: Her Voice Teacher Talks To Star [Star magazine]

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