December 05, 2006
March 24, 2009
Dirty South, Hip Hop, R&B
Aaliyah, Aretha Franklin, Janet Jackson, Jazzy Pha, Mary J. Blige, Patti Labelle
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Take the best songwriters and the best singers, add the most exciting performers and the best all around personalities, throw in the hottest looks and the sexiest smiles --- mix them all together and the finished product would probably look and sound a lot like Ciara. The 18-year-old beauty from Atlanta is the latest multi-talented scene-stealer to nudge her way to center stage with attention-grabbing vocals, irresistible songwriting and killer dance moves. The Austin, Texas native -- a 'military brat' has lived in Germany, New York, California, Arizona and Nevada -- moved to Atlanta as a child and, since that time, has found herself in the mix with some of the city's biggest and brightest producers, among them Jazze Pha -- who signed Ciara to his Sho' Nuff label after working with her for a mere five days -- and his royal crunkness Lil' Jon, who produced the singer's lead single, the "Crunk & B" cautionary wrist-slapper "Goodies." Dubbed as the First Lady of "Crunk & B", Ciara is only the second artist (the first was Usher with his hit single "Yeah") to release a Crunk & B song. Says Lil' Jon of the newly-formed genre, "Crunk & B songs are R&B songs that get you crunk. They make you wanna wild out. ['Goodies'] is a female empowerment record. The female has the power. The female is in control on this song. This is one of those records for the ladies." "I'm so happy I wrote 'Goodies'," Ciara enthuses. "I pray everybody gets it the way they're supposed to." In the hook, Ciara warns, "If you're looking for the goodies keep on looking 'cause they stay in the jar." "I think we all run across this problem," she explains. "A guy thinks you're gonna be with him because he's got the iced out chain, he's popular and all that. But that ain't it. That ain't gonna make me give you my number and that's definitely not gonna make me go home with you. It's the truth." Jon says he was impressed by Ciara's approach to the song, which she co-wrote with "Yeah" songwriter Sean Garrett. "She did an excellent job on it," says Jon. "With this record, it's the way she rides over the track, the way she freaks the beat and the stuff that she says to connect her with other women. She's saying stuff that women can relate to. Guys are always trying to get some from a girl and she's like you can't have it. That's what makes her stand out and this is one of those records with that undeniable energy where as soon as the beat comes on it catches you and makes you move. You can't sit still when that song comes on. Crunk music, you can't fake because it's all about the energy. It's gotta be real." And Ciara is as real as they come. Her self-titled Sho' Nuff/LaFace/Zomba Label Group debut is a heaping dose of real life issues conveyed through everyday language and extraordinary production and vocal delivery. The album is a complete work of art and a masterful mixture of messages for the young and not so young. On "Thugstyle," a song she wrote with songwriter Johnta Austin (Toni Braxton, Aaliyah) Ciara displays her true 'round the way girl' nature. "It's kinda how a guy would talk to a female, always spittin' game," she explains. "To me, it's a little slick. It's just a fun record. Everyone loves to sing along with it." "Looking at You" and "Pick up the Phone" with their groove-heavy tracks and sassy vocals, are signature Ciara, who says the latter, written and produced by Austin and Jazze Pha, talks about something that "everybody goes through." "I love this record because it's so real. I say, 'You know it would be nice if you could call somebody and let somebody know that you're alright....I know you see me on the caller I.D. so pick up the p-h-o-n-e.'" The slow and sweet "And I," which Ciara did with producer Adonis, is about "loving someone for who they are and not what they have." And "Ooh Baby," written by Sean Garrett and Keri Hilson (Reuben Studdard, 3LW) is about good old-fashioned infatuation. "I'm just really into this guy," Ciara explains, in character. "I consider myself a 'round-the-way girl, down to earth and basically the kind of guy I like is like this guy who pulls up in the F-150 pickup with the crazy banging system. He's a 'round-the-way dude, kinda 'hood. But I'm like really into him." With its easy-to-relate-to subject matter, the album is listener-friendly and accessible to anyone who knows even the slightest bit about 'keeping it real.' "The songs are very catchy," says Ciara. "They're for all demographics, all age ranges....They're not as personal as I want to be. I'd rather be more personal on the second album, once I grow a little more." Considering the short time that she's been in the music business -- about three years -- Ciara has grown plenty. She admits that she's a bit more mature than the average teenager. "Throughout life I've experienced a lot more than the typical 18 year old has. And being in this industry makes you develop more quickly than a typical child would. You mature faster." But much of Ciara's growth and maturity come from her determination to pursue her dreams. "I remember watching Destiny's Child perform on TV one day. That's when I made up my mind: 'Hey I wanna do this.' I watched my peers around me and they were worried about who's wearing what, going to school, trying to talk to somebody and I was like 'I'm trying to be somebody. What can I do to get there as soon as possible?'" Ciara set her sights on her dream and went after it. "I wrote down on paper that I had a goal to be a professional singer and I wanna be there soon....I had to sacrifice a lotta things and I think that was the key thing to get me there. I cut out going to the movies, I cut out hanging with my friends, I actually told some of my friends 'This month we're not gonna hang out or talk on the phone.' I don't have too many friends anyway -- less is better for me. I cut out the boyfriend -- actually I had my heart broken so I was really like, 'I'm 'bout to do this. I'm 'bout to be on top.'" From there, things moved swiftly: She joined a girl group, left the group to go solo, nabbed a publishing deal and eventually hooked up with Jazze Pha, whom she refers to as her "music soul mate." "God really put him in my life for a reason," she says. "Our vibe is incredible." And now Ciara is ready to share her vibe with the rest of the world, but "It's not just about penning clever lyrics and singing and dancing to a banging track," she says. "My goal is to deliver a positive message and let people know they're not the only one going through things....I've been blessed to be able to counsel my peers. I'm here to deliver a message and I think the impression that you make is very important. I don't wanna write records just to write. I wanna have a message to everything that I write. That gives you longevity."
February 24, 2007
Hey You Guys. Once Again This Is Your Girl Ciara. I Hope You All Like My Creation Of The "Like A Boy" Video. If You Really Love The Song Then Call And Request It On Your Local Radio Stations And For The Video, Just Vote Online At mtv.com and bet.com. I Just Wanna Say Thank You For All Your Support And You All Are The Reason I Am Here Today. Thank You! Love, Ciara aka CeCe
January 08, 2007
I have been getting many questions about myself and Shad's relationship together. I have been asked if myself and Shad will be getting back together as an item or is it officially over. Well since you fans want to know the truth, myself and Shad will not be getting back together due to private reasons. The relationship wasnt going well at all and we had to call it a quits before someone had gotten really hurt. I want to end this conversation by saying to all my ladies:Keep Your Options Open Because There Is One Thing That One Man Wont Do That Another One Will. Thank You... Sincerely Yours, Ciara
December 13, 2006
I wanna say thank you to all of my fans who made this possible. I have sold more than 100,000 copies than my first album. Please be looking out for a new album coming in 2008! Thank You!!! The Evolution sold 338,447 units its first week out. Ciara: The Evolution sprints towards the gold mark on the strength of the first two singles, the get-it-started club banger "Get Up" (originally released as the single for the Step Up soundtrack) and the sensual ballad, "Promise," produced by Polow Da Don. "Promise," which truly showcases Ciara's evolution and represents her first true ballad to rule the charts, is currently at #3 on the urban charts, and rises from #23 to the top 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The steamy Diane Martel-directed video is #1 on popular BET countdown show 106th & Park, the #1 overall video for the whole network, the #2 video at MTV, and in heavy rotation at VH1 Soul, MTV Jams, MTV Hits, Music Choice, and was recently an "Ovenfresh" video on FUSE. Critics and fans alike have been raving for Ciara's "Evolution." USA Today says the new album "shows her versatility as a singer and songwriter" and labels the album "intelligently designed diversification." Ciara "displays significant growth" (People) and the new album "should one, two-step Ciara even closer to superstardom" (Billboard). Ciara "knocks out one potential hit after the other" (New York Newsday) on a "near-perfect dance album" (Details). Music from Ciara: The Evolution has been featured in performances on Live! With Regis & Kelly, The Ellen Show, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, MTV's TRL, BET's 106 & Park, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and a special broadcast of her December 10th concert at the Nokia Theatre through AOL Music Live! Ciara: The Evolution is the follow-up to 2004's triple-platinum Goodies, which spawned three #1 singles ("Goodies," and "1,2 Step," and "Oh") and earned Ciara four Grammy nominations (including Best New Artist), five ASCAP Awards for Songwriting, three Teen Choice Awards, two BET Awards, two MTV Video Music Awards, Two Lady of Soul Awards, a Vibe award, and the Female Entertainer of the Year Award from the Soul Train Awards. Ciara has also proven to have the magic touch at radio, with Top Ten hits with all the songs she has been featured on - "Like You" (Bow Wow), "So What" (Field Mob), and "Lose Control" (Missy Elliot), which won the two a Grammy.
December 10, 2006
1. Question: Do You Have A Boyfriend At This Moment? Answer: At The Moment, I Am Basically Focused On My Career Rather Than My Personal Life But There Is One Person I Am Close To And That Would Be Mr. Hill Harper. 2. Question: Can I Get A Shot At A Collaboration With You? Answer: Anyone Wanting To Do Collaborations Should Send A Letter With All Of Their Information To The Address On The Back Of The Evolution CD. 3. Question: When Are You Going On Tour? Answer: Right Now I Am Finishing Up My Tour For This Year So Of Course I Wont Be Touring Until Late Next Year. 4. Question: What Would You Be Doing If You Werent Singing? Answer: If I Werent Singing Honestly Then I Would Be Majoring In Dance Right Now. Question: Which Do You Like Better? Singing or Dancing? 5. Answer: I Love To Dance! But Lately I Have Been Working On My Vocal Skills To Show The World How Versatile I Can Be. Question: Why Wont You Wear Your Real Hair? 6. Answer: If I Had A Choice At Which Hair Styles I Could Wear At Any Moment Then I Would Choose To Wear My Real Hair. In This Industry, You Have To Go By What People Tell You To Do Because They Only Tell You Whats Best For You. Question: When You First Started To Dance, Was It Really Hard For You Or Were You Just A Quick Learner?: 7. Answer: At Times It Was Hard But I Feel That I Was A Quick Learner Because I Think That Dancing Is One Of The Easiest Things To Learn In The World. 8. Question: Did Your Really Cut Your Hair Short? Answer: Yes I Did Get Mt Hair Trimmed Or Lowered And That Was How It Looked In The Video But They Only Gave Me One Scene To Show Off My New Hair. But You Will Most Likely See Me With Extensions Or Something While In Public. 9. Question: How Is Your Acting Career Going? Answer: Well Right Now I Have Been In Talks With Producers And Directors About A New Jason Voorhee's Movie. Yes There MIGHT Be Another Friday The 13th. 10. Question: Are There Any Goals YOu Havent Achieved Yet? Answer: Of Course! I Could Go Down A List Right Now But To Answer Your Question, Everyone Has Unachieved Goals. I Just Want To Say Thank You For The Wonderful Questions You Guys Were Curious About And I Will Look Forward To Answering More In The Near Future. I Love You Guys! Love, ~Ciara~