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Ciara Princess Harris was born on October 25, 1985 in Austin, Texas. Her affinity for music made her think bigger, which her breathy, sexy voice enforced. Now, she is one of the most influencial artists in America. Voted Most likely to become famous in Highschool, she definitely proved them right and now dubbed as The First Lady of Crunk.
Ciara's father was a military man, and towed her to his various posts in Germany, New York, California, Arizona, and Nevada. They finally settled in Atlanta, capital of the Dirty South, while she was still a little girl. She first wanted to become a model, but after seeing Destiny's Child perform on TV, she decided that that was what she was going to do, become a professional singer. So she isolated herself from the world to concentrate on her music career.
The stint started out roughly, but soon Ciara joined a girl group called Hearsay that performed in Atlanta. But the gig was short-lived. She went solo, quickly grabbing a recording deal. It all happened very quickly, but Ciara never hesitated. So she started writing her own songs, got a record deal, and met Atlanta producer Jazze Pha, who immediately set out to make her a record under his Sho' Nuff label. Ciara wasn't just that good. Ciara was good enough to drop the jaws of R&B master Lil Jon, who pioneered the crunk genre. In his words: Crunk & B songs are R&B songs that get you crunk. They make you wanna wild out.
Ciara's debut single Goodies made her a superstar. With the lyrical help from Lil Jon, she was able to achieve her talent in songwriting as well. The song was an instant hit, reaching the top of the United States pop and R&B/hip-hop charts, and also charting in the United Kingdom (in January 2005, also reaching number one), Australia, Germany, Sweden, and New Zealand. With all the hype, Ciara was able to release her debut album Goodies (LP)' on September 28, 2004. The album sold out 2 million copis worldwide and gaining the Billboard Charts as it's peak position of #3. The album produced other mega hits such as 1,2 Step featuring Missy Elliott and Oh featuring Ludacris.
The hip-hop princess is now working on her second album The Evolution due out in November 14th 2006. The first single Get Up is featured in the soundtrack of the upcoming film Step Up. The single is starting to gain worldwide success and is climbing up the charts fast. Making it another hit for the first lady of crunk.
There is more to come with Ciara as she embarks on an acting career as well. She made her acting debut in the MTV Films coming-of-age film, entitled All You've Got, as Becca Watley, the queen bee of a high school volleyball team the Little Madonnas. The film was released on DVD May 23, 2006. The Evolution topped the charts and sold 1.2 million copies in the U.S.
Ciara's 3rd album Fantasy Ride was released in 2009 to maderate success with only 2 Billboard Hot 100 singles top 70 hit Never Ever and top 10 hit Love,Sex,& Magicwith Billboard R&B/Hip Hop Songs top 60 hit Like A Surgeon. With the album not selling past 195,000 copies ciara gained what many critics thought was a flop.
Basic instinct ciaras fourth album ditched the pop sound of Fantasy Ride and went for a more urban sound, with singles Ride, Speechless and Gimme Dat. The album has sold less than Fantasy Ride so far with Turn it up to be the next single.
Awards & Certifications
|2005||American Music Awards||Favorite Female R&B Artist|
|MTV Music Awards||Best Dance Video for 1, 2 Step|
|Best Hip Hop Video for Lose Control|
|Best New Artist In a Video|
|Best R&B Video for Oh|
|Soul Train Music Awards||Best R&B/Soul Album: Female|
|Best R&B/Soul Female Single, Solo|
|Best R&B/Soul or Rap Dance Cut|
|Sammy Davis Junior Female Entertainer of the Year|
|Best Dance Cut for Lose Control (Missy Elliott featuring Ciara & Fatman Scoop|
|Best Dance Video: 1, 2 Step , Best Hip Hop Video for Lose Control|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice Music Make-Out Song: Oh|
|Choice Music R&B/Hip Hop Track: 1, 2 Step|
|BET Awards||Best Collaboration: 1, 2 Step, Best Female Artist, Best New Artist, & Viewer's Choice: 1, 2 Step|
|2006||Grammy Awards||Best New Best Artist|
|Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: 1, 2 Step|
|Best Short-Form Music Video: "Lose Control" Missy Elliott featuring Ciara & Fatman Scoop|
|ASCAP Pop Music Awards||Best Performed Songs in the ASCAP Repertory for the 2005 Survey Year: Goodies, 1, 2 Step, and Oh|
|Year||Title||US Hot 100||US R&B||Album|
|1, 2 Step||2||4||Goodies|
|2006||Get Up||7||11||The Evolution / Step Up Soundtrack|
Tours & Concerts
- September 4, 2006 - The Cove at CAL Expo, Sacramento, CA
There are no new announcements as of this time
Compilations & Live Releases
- Name is pronounced like Sierra.
- She originally wanted to become a model, before starting her music career.
- Is of Creole, German and Irish heritage.
- Used to be a cheerleader in high school.
- Laughed off cruel reports that she was once a man (May 29, 2005).