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Ciara - Goodies
Courtesy La Face Records

Born:

October 25, 1985 - Austin, Texas.

Quote From Ciara:

"I remember watching Destiny's Child perform on TV one day. That's when I made up my mind: Hey! I wanna do this."

Trivia Fact About Ciara:

Growing up as an army brat, Ciara lived in Germany, New York, California, Arizona, and Nevada.

Early Years:

Ciara decided at the age of 14 to pursue a career in music. She auditioned for and joined a vocal group called Hearsay. After differences with the group emerged, she left and at age 15 signed a music publishing deal. Soon after she met producer Jazze Pha, the man Ciara refers to as her "musical soul mate."

One Thing Leading To Another:

Jazze Pha signed Ciara to his Sho' Nuff record label. After 5 days in the studio they had already put together 5 solid tracks. She co-wrote a song called "Goodies" with Sean Garrett, co-writer of Usher's hit "Yeah!" "Goodies" found its way to the ears of crunk star Lil' Jon, and he agreed to produce the record for release on the LaFace label.

"Goodies":

Released in the summer of 2004, "Goodies" was soon everywhere in pop and r&b music circles. It climbed to the top of both the pop and r&b singles charts. It is a simple, grinding, breathy answer song to Petey Pablo's male posturing on "Freek-a-Leek."

The success of Ciara's first single prompted quick production of a debut album. Jazze Pha hooked Ciara up with Missy Elliott for collaboration on "1,2 Step." "Goodies," the album version, reached #2 on the pop chart as did the single "1,2 Step." A third single, "Oh," climbed the charts to #2 as well.

Ciara Victim of Controversy:

Soon Ciara had to pay a price for the sudden exposure to the glaring spotlights of pop stardom. Rumors began to circulate that Ciara was born male and had sexual reassignment surgery. Additional rumors also circulated that she was lesbian. All of these rumors are believed to be false and have been debunked.

Ciara's Pop Stardom:

In the spring of 2005 Ciara collaborated once again with Missy Elliott on "Lose Control," the first single off Elliott's The Cookbook album. She also contributed vocals to "Like You," a single off the album Wanted by her boyfriend Bow Wow. By late summer "And I," a 4th single from Goodies had been released.

The romantic relationship between Ciara and Bow Wow came to an end in the spring of 2006. In December, 2006, Ciara released her second solo album The Evolution. It included the hit singles "Promise" and "Like a Boy."

Ciara's third studio album Fantasy Ride will be in stores in the spring of 2009. It includes the single "Love Sex Magic," a collaboration with Justin Timberlake.

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