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Ciara is a singer and songwriter hailing from Austin, Texas, United States who was born on the 25th of October 1985. She has released five albums since her debut in 2004 at the age of 19, and has had five top ten singles on the Billboard Hot 100.
Ciara Princess Harris was born to Jackie and Carlton Harris, and grew up all over the United States of America as the daughter of an officer in the U.S Army. If anything’s going to prepare you for a life spent on the road, it’s that, so it makes sense that the young Ciara soon became obsessed with music, and wanted to do nothing else with her life but sing for a living. Her family settled down in Atlanta in her mid-teens and while she was there, she formed a group called Hearsay with two of her friends from school. The band wasn’t to last but it got the young singer started writing her own songs, which was invaluable for her future in the music industry.
It got to the point where before she had even graduated High School she’d signed a publishing deal as a songwriter, and through her work she met the producer Jazze Pha, a man she would later call her “musical soulmate”. The two of them made a demo together of her songs “1, 2 Step”, “Thug Style”, “Pick Up The Phone” and “Lookin’ At You” and just after Ciara had graduated from high school in 2003, she was signed to LaFace Records. She got to work on her debut album immediately and in January 2004, wrote the demo of a song called “Goodies” with her producer Sean Garret. Rapper Lil Jon stumbled across the song and knew right then and there that it would be a huge hit.
He guest produced the single version, and lo and behold, he was absolutely right. “Goodies” was an absolutely enormous hit, staying at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for six weeks straight. The accompanying album, also called “Goodies”, went straight to number one on the Billboard 200 and would eventually be certified three times platinum in America. Ciara was never going to be a one hit wonder, however, and both the follow up singles “1, 2 Step” which featured the one and only Missy Elliot, and “Oh” featuring Ludacris peaked at number two on the Hot 100. “1, 2 Step” stayed there for seven weeks as well, and Ciara saw out the year with a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist.
Since then, Ciara has well and truly earned the title “Princess of Crunk&B”, with consistently huge selling albums, a stunning live show and some of the most deathlessly brilliant pop songs of the 21st century. She might not have sustained the kind of commercial success that her first album brought her, but who on earth could? Her albums continue to be critically acclaimed and let’s be honest here, it takes someone very special indeed to collaborate with everyone from Nicki Minaj to 50 Cent, to Justin Timberlake on their singles. She’s a truly vital pop singer and songwriter, and for that reason, Ciara comes highly recommended.