According to a representative for American Idol, Jordin Sparks had to temporarily withdraw from Alicia Keys’ tour and cancel all performances for the remainder of the month.

“All of her April activities have been postponed or canceled so she can take care of her voice properly,” 19/Jive Records spokeswoman Wendy Washington told The Associated Press.

The 18-year-old Sparks was supposed to be the opening act for Alicia Keys’ tour that kicked off in Hampton, Va., last weekend.

In addition to missing the start of the tour, Sparks had to cancel a planned performance at the Earth Day Network & Green Apple Festival concert in Washington, D.C.

Washington said that Jordin plans to return to Keys’ tour in May.

“Jordin Sparks is on vocal rest and is expected to make a full and complete recovery,” according to a statement from 19/Jive Records. “Sparks has been going nonstop over the past two years and now she’s going through the normal course of learning how to manage and care for her voice.

Sparks was the youngest winner of “American Idol” when she won the talent competition last year. She released her self-titled debut album late last year. Her current single, “No Air”, with Chris Brown is number 3 on the Billboard (Hot 100) Top Singles list.

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Tamika M. Murray blogs for PJ’s and A Movie, Stop and Stare Photos, and Blogcritics.org.

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