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. Her 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.
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).