Ciara Princess Harris (born October 25, 1985), is an American recording artist, actress, and fashion model. Ciara was born in Austin, Texas on October 25, 1985. Born of Irish, Creole, and German descent, she is the only child born to Carlton and Jackie Harris. Since her father was in the United States Army, throughout her childhood Ciara grew up on army bases in Germany, New York, Utah, California, Arizona, and Nevada. In speaking of this, Ciara states that while she hated to lose good friends, this helps her in her career in when she has travel all over the world. During her teens, Ciara and her family settled in Atlanta. Ciara said that watching Destiny's Child perform on a television program while staying home from school inspired her to pursue a career in music, and cites Michael Jackson as her biggest inspiration.
In her mid-teens Ciara formed an all girl group by the name Hearsay, with two of her friends. The group recorded demos, but as time went on, they began to have differences and eventually parted ways. Despite this setback, Ciara was still determined to reach her goal and signed a publishing deal in which she became a song-writer. She achieved her first success at this when she wrote the song, "Got Me Waiting", for R&B singer Fantasia Barrino's debut album, Free Yourself It was when she was writing songs that she met music producer, Jazze Pha, whom she called her "music soulmate". In 2002, the two recorded four demos, "1, 2 Step", "Thug Style", "Pick Up the Phone", and "Lookin' at You", which all appeared on her debut album which was released two years later. The former was the second single released from it and became a hit. In 2003, Ciara graduated from Riverdale High School in Riverdale, Georgia. Following that, she was signed by LaFace Records executive, L.A. Reid, with the help of Jazze Pha. She began production on her debut album later that year. In early 2004, Ciara wrote a demo with record producer, Sean Garrett. The demo was later brought to the attention of Lil Jon and became her debut single "Goodies". Lil Jon stated later that he knew it would be big seeing how it sounded similar to Usher's international hit, "Yeah!".
Ciara released her debut album, Goodies, in the United States on September 28, 2004. The album debuted at number three, selling 125,000 copies in its first week. However, propelled by its three hit singles, the album was certified 3x Platinum by the RIAA, selling over three million copies in the United States. With its success in the US, the album was released internationally on January 24, 2005, where it also performed well being certified platinum in Canada, and gold in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. To date, the album sold over five million copies worldwide. The album produced three worldwide hit singles. Ciara's debut single, "Goodies" reached number one in United States, Canada, and United Kingdom, and the top ten in Ireland , New Zealand, and Germany, and top twenty in Australia. The second and third single, "1, 2 Step", featuring Missy Elliott, and "Oh", featuring Ludacris, both peaked at number two in the United States and reached the top ten in many countries internationally. "1, 2 Step" became the best performing single from the album internationally, reaching number two in Australia and New Zealand, top five in Ireland and the Uk, and went on to become her second number one hit in Canada. "And I", was only released to the United States. It underperformed compared to the previous releases peaking at only number ninety-six there. With the success of the album Ciara released an EP/DVD, entitled Goodies: The Videos & More in the United States on July 12, 2005, which featured remixes to "1, 2 Step" and "Oh" and two new songs. It was released as an addendum to Goodies in the United Kingdom and Europe as the Goodies & More edition. The release was certified platinum in the United States by the RIAA.
Ciara also served as an opening act for Gwen Stefani's Harajuku Lovers Tour 2005 and went on tour with Chris Brown and Bow Wow on the Holiday Jam Tour in December 2005, in which she performed songs from the album. She also appeared on Missy Elliott's single "Lose Control" from her album, The Cookbook, and Bow Wow's single "Like You" from his album Wanted, which both peaked at number three in the United States and obtained worldwide success. At the 48th Grammy Awards, Ciara received four nominations, including the award for "Best New Artist", "Best Rap/Sung Collaboration" for "1, 2 Step", and "Best Rap Song" for "Lose Control". She won "Best Short Form Music Video" with Missy Elliott for "Lose Control".
Ciara released her second studio album,Ciara: The Evolution, on December 5, 2006. The album was about Ciara's personal growth after being in the public eye for two years, as shown in the album's artwork, which featured more stylized images thamn her previous one. She co-wrote and co-produced most of the songs on the album, and worked with a new line of producers, including Jazze Pha, Rodney Jerkins, Pharrell, Bryan-Michael Cox, Will.i.am and many others. The album became her first number one album, debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, selling over 338,000 copies in its first week, also becoming her highest first week sales to date.The album received generally positive reviews and was certified platinum in the United States, within only five weeks of its release. To date, the album has sold over two million copies worldwide.
The album was preceded by the single "Get Up", which featured Chamillionaire and served as a lead single for the soundtrack to the film Step Up. The song reached the top ten in the United States, peaking at number seven. The song was also released as the second single internationally, where it reached the top five in New Zealand and top forty in Germany. The first single in the United States, "Promise" also preceded the album and reached number eleven there. "Like a Boy" was released as the second single in the United States and as the first to the United Kingdom and Europe. It reached number nineteen in the United States, and was also successful internationally, reaching the top ten in France and Sweden, and top twenty in Germany, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. "Can't Leave 'Em Alone", which features 50 Cent, was the final single from the album, and reached the top five in New Zealand and top forty in the United States. "That's Right" was released as a promotional single in late 2007.
In October 2006, Ciara went on the The Evolution Tour, in which she previewd songs from the then-upcoming album. In August 2007, Ciara headlined the Screamfest '07 tour, with fellow recording artist, T.I.. She was also a supporting act in the United Kingdom for Rihanna's Good Girl Gone Bad Tour. Ciara also appeared on Field Mob's single, "So What", from their album, Light Poles and Pine Trees, and Tiffany Evans' single "Promise Ring" from her self-titled debut album. The former of which reached the top ten in the United States. In addition to her music, Ciara made her acting debut in the MTV Films production All You've Got, in May 2006. In the movie, she played, Becca Whiley, a teenager who is competing in a Volleyball Tournament. She also became the face of Jay-Z's Rocawear clothing line and spokesperson for the women campaign entitled "I Will Not Lose", which debuted in the summer of 2007.
Ciara won the award for "World's Best Selling Female R&B Artist" at the 2007 World Music Awards. Although originally intended for a September 2008 release, Ciara's third studio album, Fantasy Ride was released, after a number of delays in May 2009. In the United States, it opened with first week sales of 81,000, which caused it to debut at number 3. The album has sold over 200,000 copies in the United States and over 300,000 copies worldwide. In September 2008, Ciara released "Go Girl", which featured T-Pain and served as a promotional release for the album. The first single in the United States, "Never Ever", which featured Young Jeezy, reached number sixty-six there. "Love Sex Magic", which features Justin Timberlake, was released as the album's second single in the United States and as the first internationally. It became a worldwide hit, reaching number ten in the United States, and number one in India, Turkey, and Taiwan. "Like a Surgeon" was sent to United States' radio stations as a promotional single, and peaked at number fifty-nine on the US R&B/Hip-Hop chart. The second international single, "Work", which featured Missy Elliott, charted in the UK, Australia, and Ireland.
In July 2009, Ciara headlined the Jay-Z & Ciara Live tour, with Jay-Z. She was also a supporting act for Britney Spears's The Circus Starring Britney Spears tour, including eight nights at London's prestigious O2 Arena during June 2009. Ciara appeared on Nelly's single "Stepped On My J'z" from his album Brass Knuckles, and Enrique Iglesias'international hit single, "Takin' Back My Love", from his Greatest Hits album. In October 2008, in promotion for the album, Ciara interviewed with Vibe Magazine, which led to the Vibe Magazine controversy. On the October issue, Ciara was appearing to be naked but she has stated that Vibe airbrushed her clothes off to make it appear she was completely nude. She later confirmed to MTV News that she was in fact clothed.
Ciara was honored as Billboard's 2008 "Woman of the Year", because of her success in the music industry. She also received a nomination at the 52nd Grammy Awards for "Love Sex Magic", in which she was nominated in the "Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals" category. In September 2009, it was revealed the Ciara was well into production of her fourth studio album. In an interview with Rap-Up, Tricky Stewart announced that he and production partner The-Dream had spent the summer recording exclusively with Ciara, and that they would be executive-producing the whole album along with Ciara. When asked about the direction of the album he said it will be Ciara at her best. Other reported producers include Darkchild, Bangladesh, and Sean Kingston. In February 2009, it was announced that the new album is now strictly confidental, and no news will be released until Ciara is ready to make an official announcement about the upcoming album. Plus, Tricky Stewart confirmed that he is the executive producer of the album. He also stated that two songs titled "Gifted" and "Speechless" will be on the album.
In late March 2010, it was announced that the lead single is titled "Ride" and features Ludacris. It was also announced that it will impact radio in the next few weeks. It has also been revealed that Ciara will be appearing on Ludacris' seventh album Battle of the Sexes. In March 2010, Ciara also made a appearance on Usher's new music video for his single "Lil' Freak". The lead single from the R&B stars fourth effort is called Ride and features Ludacris, Jive Records confirms to Rap-Up.com. The Atlanta natives previously collaborated on High Price from last years Fantasy Ride and most recently on the remix to Ludas How Low. The Tricky Stewart and Dream production will impact radio in the next few weeks.
Ciara has a thing for fast cars and its said its known that there have been several time she would be out with her boyfriend in a nice sport car he has. Before the night would end she would always ask to drive home once the night was about to come to an end. She would get behind the wheel and feel the power of the car and instantly get turned on. One of the things she enjoys more then anything is while she is driving on the freeways at seventy plus miles an hours is to have her man play with and finger her pussy. The overal sensation gets her so turned on she cant help but drive the car faster. The more he rubs her clit and slides his fingers up inside her the more anxious se is to get home so the two of them can fuck. There have been times in the past where she has actually had to lay something under her because her pussy get so wet she leave a wet spot from cumming. Though most of the cum ends up on her boyfriends fingers there is usually so much that it tends to get ever were, on the seat, her clothes and of course his fingers. Once she is home she is eager to get inside were she shows her appriciation by fucking his brains out for hours until he says he actually cant do it any more.