Ciara is a singer who mixes R&B with hip hop. Her lyrics are quite mature and she generally sings about romantic relationships and partying. It’s not unusual for her songs to feature extensive rapping by guest artists. Although a bit underpowered, Ciara possesses a smooth and soulful voice. She compliments it by singing material that plays to her strength (her ability to emote) rather than on vocal gymnastics. Beautiful and elegant, Ciara is often compared to artists like Keri Hilson, Cassie, and Kelly Rowland.
Ciara released her debut album in 2004. Since that time she has charted eight top ten singles, captured a Grammy Award, sold hundreds of thousands of Ciara tickets, and moved more than 23 million records.
Her debut studio album, Goodies, dropped in 2004 and contains the songs “Goodies,” “1, 2 Step,” and “Oh.” In 2006, she followed that with Ciara: The Evolution. The opus contains the popular singles “Promise,” “Get Up,” and “Like a Boy.” Both albums have been certified platinum while The Evolution went all the way to the top of the charts.
Her 2009 release, Fantasy Ride, didn’t sell as well as her first two studio offerings, but it did produce the popular single “Love Sex Magic (featuring Justin Timberlake).” The song picked up a Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.
Ciara’s next two releases, Basic Instinct (2010) and Ciara (2013), both performed poorly at the cash register relative to her other releases. Basic Instinct was a huge disappointment only reaching #44 on the Billboard 200. The album Ciara was a bit of a comeback as it debuted at number two and moved slightly more copies than its predecessor.
Ciara’s sixth studio album, Jackie, hit the streets in early May of 2015. It contained the hit single “I Bet.”
Ciara was born on Oct. 25, 1985 in Austin, Texas. Her real name is Ciara Princess Harris. Ciara was an army brat and therefore grew up all over the world.
In her teens, she was in an all-girl group that never made it pass the demo stage. Ciara’s big break came in 2002 when she met producer Jazze Pha. He helped her secure a recording contract.
Ciara has had romantic relationships with rappers Bow Wow, 50 Cent, and Future. In 2014, her and Future had a child. It’s been reported that both Bow Wow and Future cheated on Ciara.