Ciara Princess Harris was born on October 25, 1985, in Austin, Texas, and raised by Jackie and Carlton, a U.S. soldier, on army bases in Nevada, Germany, New York, California, Utah and Arizona.
Inspired by Destiny's Child to begin her music journey as a teenager, Ciara joined the girl group Hearsay, but later left due to musical differences with her band mates. She was then discovered by producer Jazze Pha who helped her land a record deal with LaFace Records, under the supervision of L.A. Reid.
In 2004, Ciara dropped her debut album Goodies with the hit singles "Goodies," "Oh" and "1, 2 Step," which debuted at #3 on the US Billboard 200, went triple platinum and earned her multiple Grammy nominations.
The up-and-rising singer's second album Ciara: the Evolution (2006) was certified platinum and became the #1 album on the US Billboard 200 while her third studio album Fantasy Ride (2009) found little success despite having the top ten hit single "Love, Sex, Magic" for which she earned a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals. Ciara's success continued to decline with the release of her third album Basic Instinct in 2010.
In 2011, Ciara signed with Epic Records and announced her plans to release her fifth album, One Woman Army, in 2012. On September 13, Ciara's lead single "Sorry" reached #40 on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and has since released her second single "Got Me Good" on November 6.
Originally titled One Woman Army, Ciara’s self-titled fifth album debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 59,000 in 2013, with the hit single “Sweat” dominating the charts.
In addition to her music career, Ciara has starred in a couple of films, including the straight-to-DVD film Mama, I want to Sing! (2012) and the comedy film That's My Boy (2012).
Ciara Boyfriend & Dating History Timeline
2003 – April 2006
Ciara first met rapper Bow Wow when she was making a name for herself in 2003. Ciara then began touring nationwide alongside Bow Wow and was later featured in his music video for his hit single “Like You.” Shortly after making his cameo in 2005, the two officially began dating.
A year later in April 2006, however, the two broke up, which was rumored to be in part of Bow Wow’s cheating ways.
2008 – 2008
Rumors that Ciara was hooking up with rapper Ludacris began popping up after the two worked together on multiple occasions. The rumors intensified when the music stars were seen getting nice-and-friendly at an ESPN party, but sources later claimed the two were just friends.
March 2011 – Present
Ciara started getting serious with New York Knicks postman Amare Stoudemire in March 2011 and it has been going strong ever since.