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CiaraAKA Ciara Princess Harris

Born: 25-Oct-1985
Birthplace: Austin, TX

Gender: Female [1]
Race or Ethnicity: Black
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Singer

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: "Crunk & B" singer

Born in Austin, but frequently moved around the country (and, one one occasion, even as far as Germany) by the itinerant military lifestyle of her father, Ciara Harris and her family finally made a permanent home in Atlanta during her childhood years. The attractive young girl's first ambition was to pursue a career in modeling, but her love of music was pushed to the fore after watching a television performance by Destiny's Child; her life subsequently became centered around the goal of establishing herself as a professional singer. The first step made towards achieving this goal was joining the Atlanta-based girl group Hearsay, but the project proved short-lived and by the age of 16 the ambitious singer was already moving on as a solo performer.

After Hearsay, Ciara approached Atlanta producer Jazze Pha, who did not take long to recognize the young girl's potential; a publishing deal was arranged, and Ciara was signed to record an album through his Sho' Nuff label. A demo of the track Goodies (penned by Ciara herself and Yeah! co-writer Sean Garrett) was passed to producer Lil' Jon, who took the reins for the recording of the track as a single, rendering it in the "crunk" style that had already brought him considerable success. When the song was released by LaFace in the summer of 2004, it quickly climbed to the top of both the mainstream and R&B charts in several countries. Her debut (also titled Goodies) made a similar journey when it was issued later in 2004, bolstered by input from industry heavyweights such as Missy Elliott, Ludacris, Petey Pablo, and a writing contribution (Next To You) from R. Kelly. The second single 1,2 Step (featuring input from Missy) also made a strong showing in the charts, peaking at the #2 position that same year.

[1] Rumors have circulated that Ciara was born a hermaphrodite, but the singer has rebuffed such claims.

Father: Carlton Harris
Mother: Jackie Smith
Sister: Maisy
Bow Wow (rapper, dated 2005-06)
Boyfriend: Future (rapper, together 2013-14, one son)
Son: Future Zahir Wilburn (b. 19-May-2014)
Boyfriend: Russell Wilson (football player, together since 2015)

    High School: Riverdale High School, Riverdale, GA (2003)


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