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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.”
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Idol | Reviewer: ciara knowles | 10/2/10
ciara is my idol. i love her because basically most people says i look familiar with her , which is pretty cool. shes an hero. i love her shes my fav song artist. and her video never ever. is so beautiful. she is so gorgeous.
love yah girl .xoxox
ciara knowles .mwaa
happiness of rockin' girl | Reviewer: matshidiso | 5/5/10
ciara you are my best artist and all the songs that you sing,they make me feel happy all the time and i,won,t stop listening your music because i like it.even if i hear you sing somewhere i wish i see you with my own eyes. i will be happy if you reply something nice to me because i like you ciara.i wish to see you one day but i don,t know how.you rock to me girl and i love you.this review coming from matshidiso mogoje in durban.here my number to call 0787513157 please ciara do something nice to when you got this review.
i love you ciara | Reviewer: Annette | 12/4/09
right now im listening your song"LOVE SEX MAGIC"while im writting to you!im your biggest fan ciara&I LOVE YOU SO MUCH...i wonder when will you come in TANZANIA in EAST AFRICA!!i want to be your friend cuz the way i love you i dont think this fan thing is enough for me...plz ciara be my friend..i promise you never gonna reglet that..my e-mail is email@example.com...KEEP ROCKING CIARA BABY..!!!
life | Reviewer: detashja templeton | 11/4/09
ayye look today i was singing your song like aboy and i was wondering would you really want to be and boy if somebody to hurt dat boy because bow wow is my blood cuzin and he was crying to my anty and i was staring to like u
BigFan | Reviewer: Evangeline | 9/18/09
Hey girl, I think You Are a girl with flair. No one can top you. You've got The Looks, The Moves, The Attitude, The Confidence. Don't lose that and certainly don't let others lose your confidence. And most importantly, don't forget your ROOTS!!!! Mwah, Love you. ALWAYS AND FOREVER
lovin ce ce mi darls 4 ever | Reviewer: Dimez | 5/19/09
hey ciara hows it going juhst remebr u rock nd u always will wens ur next concert in london gnna be cuz i am luvin u soo much, ur song make me hype nd wnna dnce its juhst so call i can sing and dance just like you well dats wat everii bodi says, not tryin 2 be a showoff i dunt like 2 dnace infront of peeps i wish i culd c u nd show u wat i've got,c uz u'll understand cuz i love u soo much,mi friends think ur rubbissh but they dunt no whos the best u are cuz i love u nd dats all that matters. huess wat i am a cheerleader 2, well kinda i culd do all those filps kicks and chant to ma favourite chants.lol! soo we ave soo much in common i luv 2 model and gues wat i aint soo tall but i am no shorty i am kinda tall half way fro my dad well hes realy tall, it depends if you know wats realy , really tall. wun day wen u cum 2 london gve me free tickets and email me lots and let me sit at the front cuz my dream is 4 u 2 pick me nd somone else in dah crowd and let us be in wun of ur music videos and i will be know as ciaras 1# fan in the whole world cuz u rock. luv frm a gal frm london
I'm your number 1fan | Reviewer: Sharron | 3/13/09
I'm your number 1 fan I stuck with u through all your problems and defened u and I know eveyting about u and your family and when is your cd coming out so I could buy it I have all your songs on my ipod and I bought three of one cd
I love your dance moves | Reviewer: jessica | 11/7/08
wuts up gurlie i love to see when you cum out on tv n when u make your new videos i love to do as you do in your videos and best believe me i gets dwn jus like you i wish dat i can see u face to face one day. i soooooo love u ciara
You are my role model. | Reviewer: Crystal | 6/23/08
What's up Ciara. I am your #1 Fan. I love your music and the way you dance. You can dance really good and I want to be just like you. I can't sing but I sure can dance. You are my role model and my inspiration. You inspire me. I wish I could meet you, I probably will fall out lol. But anyways I am your #1 Fan and I love your music. BYE. love always,your #1 Fan crystal
i love ciara | Reviewer: stieve | 2/15/08
love her styl of dancing, she motivates me. infact am really in love with her, how i wish i can have her as a friend and mother but is unfortunate that senior her. is quit impresive when ever i keep watching her video .
Can you me to ask her if she loves me.
i will like to meet her fashially.keep ur music ruming. i love sweetheart.
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