Ciara's second album, Ciara: The Evolution, was released on December 5, 2006.
The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, selling more than 338,000
copies, which is 213,000 more than Ciara's debut album Goodies that debuted at
number three. It has spawned two top twenty singles.
Ciara was born in Austin, Texas. Ciara is the only child of Carlton and Jackie Harris. Ciara grew up on army bases in Germany,New York, Utah, California, Arizona, and Nevada, since her father Carlton was in the United States Army. During her teens, she and her family settled in Atlanta. She 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. She 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. She co-wrote a demo with songwriter Sean Garrett, who was co-writer of Usher’s international hit “Yeah!”.
The album became a commercial success in the U.S., selling 2.63 million copies. This was due to the public's demand for another Aaliyah type singer. Ciara was able to capatilize off of Aaliyah's death record producers were left to fill an unexpected void. The following year, Goodies received an international release, but success was limited, although the singles were worldwide hits. Ciara’s debut single, "Goodies" reached number one in United States and United Kingdom. The second and third single "1, 2 Step" featuring Missy Elliott and "Oh" featuring Ludacris were top five singles in both countries. "And I", the fourth single, did poorly compared to the first three releases. The song peaked at ninety-six on the Billboard Hot 100. In July 2005, Ciara released her DVD of music videos, documentaries, and commentaries entitled Goodies: The Videos & More. In the summer of 2005, during the success of Goodies, Ciara was featured on hit singles by hip-hop artists. She appeared on Missy Elliott's "Lose Control" from her album The Cookbook and Bow Wow’s "Like You" from his album Wanted, which both peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100.
In December 2005, she went on tour with Gwen Stefani on her Harajuku Lovers
Tour and other pop sensations Bow Wow and Chris Brown for the "Holladay Jam",
which stopped at big cities such as New York, Washington D.C., and Atlanta. She
also received Grammy nominations for "Best New Artist", "Best Rap/Sung
Collaboration" for "1, 2 Step", "Best Rap Song" and "Best Short Form Music
Video" for “Lose Control”.
Ciara started a new year by winning her first Grammy Award for Missy Elliott's "Lose Control". It won "Best Short Form Music Video", on February 8, 2006. In April 2006, Ciara was featured on Field Mob’s Billboard top ten single "So What". The following month, she made acting debut in the MTV Films production All You've Got, also starring Adrienne Bailon and Efren Ramirez. The summer of 2006, Ciara completed her second album, after the release of the Step Up soundtrack single "Get Up" featuring Chamillionaire.
Ciara's second studio album, Ciara: The Evolution was released on December 5, 2006. Production included hit makers such as, Jazze Pha, Rodney Jerkins, Pharrell, Bryan Michael Cox, Will.i.am and many others. The album is about Ciara's personal growth after two years in the public eye. She co-wrote and co-produced most of the songs. The official first single "Promise", produced by Atlanta producer Polow Da Don, became a Billboard top twenty single. In October 2006, she went on a seventeen city club tour until December, which she previewed new music from the album. In the December 23 issue of Billboard magazine, Ciara: The Evolution debuted at number one selling over 338,000 copies, which is 213,000 more than her debut album Goodies. The album has been certified platinum by the RIAA. The second single from Ciara: The Evolution, the first single in Europe and Asia, "Like a Boy", was released on February 13, 2007 in the U.S. and will be released in the UK on April 9, 2007.
In May 2005, Ciara made her acting debut in the MTV Films coming-of-age film All You've Got, as Becca Watley, the queen bee of a high school volleyball team; the Little Madonnas. The film was released on DVD May 23, 2006.
Discography for Ciara
Ciara: The Evolution (2006)
Tours for Ciara
2006: The Evolution Tour
Film List for Ciara
2006: All You've Got - Becca Watley
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