The son of a military father, Ciara Princess Harris was born in Austin, Texas, in 1985 and lived all over the United States and in Germany before her family moved to Atlanta. As a young girl, she says she decided on a career in music after seeing Destiny’s Child perform on television. Just a teen, she joined a girl group but quickly left, intent on a solo career. Enter Atlanta producer Jazze Pha, who signed her to his Sho' Nuff label when she was only 16 years old. After working with a variety of writers, Ciara released her debut album, "Goodies," on Sho' Nuff/LaFace/Zomba in 2004, and it yielded three hit singles: the Lil' Jon-produced "Goodies," a female empowerment song that she co-wrote with Sean Garrett, "1, 2 Step" and "Oh." The album was certified triple platinum and garnered the 19 year old four Grammy nominations as well as the moniker "First Lady of Crunk & B." A second platinum album, "Ciara: The Evolution," followed in 2006 with the hits "Get Up," "Promise" and "Like a Boy." Her third album, "Fantasy Ride," spawned the hit, "Love Sex Magic," a collaboration with Justin Timberlake, and her fourth album, "Basic Instinct," was released in 2010.
Since moving to Epic Records in 2011, Ciara has been involved in numerous projects, including acting and modeling, and has continued writing music. Her latest single, "Body Party," from the forthcoming album, "One Woman Army," was co-written with her boyfriend, Future, produced by Atlantan Mike WiLL Made It, and released in March 2013. Though she is not yet 30 years old, the singer, songwriter, dancer, actress and model has sold more than seven million albums worldwide and earned numerous awards.