Born into a military family on October 25, 1985, in Austin, Texas, Ciara never lived in one spot for too long. The family moved from one military base to another, including bases in New York, California, and Germany. By the time she was a teen, the family finally settled in Atlanta.
This is when Ciara saw Destiny’s Child for the first time. She immediately fell in love with the group and decided that this was what she wanted to do with her life.
Fortunately, Atlanta was the center of urban music talent at a time, which played nicely to Ciara’s songwriting talent. Ciara joined a girl group, Hearsay, but it didn’t last for long. This gave her time to work on her songwriting. Thanks to her pure talent, she met Jazze Pha, the prominent Atlanta producer, and got signed with the LaFace Records label.
The new contract signed with LaFace Records helped Ciara kickstart her career in R&B. Lil Jon, who was already immensely popular at the time, got invited to help her with her debut. Together, they co-wrote the single Goodies which ended up at #1 on both US and UK singles charts. The next two singles, Oh featuring Ludacris, and 1, 2 Step featuring Missy Elliot both ended at the very top of the Billboard Hot 100 Singles.
The hit streak was followed by Ciara’s debut album Goodies. The album overcame all expectations. It ended up selling over 3 million copies, thus receiving the triple platinum certification.
The second album named Ciara: The Evolution dropped in 2006. The album climbed the charts in the US. Her third album arrived in 2009. Although it featured the hit Love Sex Magic featuring Justin Timberlake, the album did not get the recognition as the previous two did.
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The media followed the tough break up between Ciara and her boyfriend, Shad Gregory Moss, a.k.a. Bow Wow, in 2006. The star returned to the magazines in 2015, when she began dating Russell Wilson, the NFL quarterback, in 2015. The two are now married.
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