Ciara Princess Harris (born October 25, 1985), professionally known as Ciara, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and actress. Ciara made her debut in the summer of 2004 with the Billboard number-one single "Goodies". The album Goodies was released in the United States on September 28, 2004, and in the UK on January 24, 2005. It produced three top two singles on the Billboard Hot 100, selling over 2.6 million in the U.S., and five million worldwide, and earned various awards and nominations.
Ciara's second album, Ciara: The Evolution, was released in December 2006. It has spawned the hit singles "Get Up", "Promise", "Like a Boy", and "Can't Leave 'Em Alone". The album has sold nearly two million copies worldwide.
Ciara was born in Austin, Texas. She is the only child of Carlton and Jackie Harris. She grew up on Army bases in Germany, New York, Utah, California, Arizona, and Nevada, since her father was in the United States Army. 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. Then, Ciara joined a girl group called Hearsay and worked on her songwriting. The group recorded demos, but began to have differences.
Eventually, she left the group, got a publishing deal, and found a "musical soulmate" when she met producer Jazze Pha. Ciara graduated from Riverdale High School in Riverdale, Georgia in 2003 and was signed by LaFace Records executive L.A. Reid with the help of Jazze Pha. She began production on her debut album. Ciara co-wrote a demo with songwriter Sean Garrett, who was co-writer of Usher’s international hit "Yeah!".