Dubbed the “First Lady of Crunk & B” by the producer who should know, Lil Jon, singer Ciara burst onto the scene with the never-gonna-get-it single “Goodies,” the breathy “answer song” to Petey Pablo’s “Freek-a-Leek.”
She was born in Austin, TX, but with her father in the Army, Ciara spent time living in Germany, New York, California, Arizona, and Nevada before landing in Atlanta.
In her early teens, she got a piece of paper out and wrote down her life’s goal, to become a professional singer. She joined a girl group, worked on her songwriting, left the group, landed a publishing deal, and found a “music soul mate” when she met producer Jazze Pha. With Sean Garrett, the co-writer of Usher’s massive hit “Yeah!,” Ciara co-wrote “Goodies,” and when Lil Jon heard the demo, he knew it was going to be big.
LaFace released the Lil Jon-produced track in the summer of 2004, and its quick climb up the charts was remarkable. With help from Pha, Garrett, and Lil Jon, Ciara released her self-titled debut in September the same year.
- Bio of Ciara courtesy David Jeffries, All Music Guide
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Album Review – Ciara’s debut album, Goodies, is one of the best R&B; album’s on the market.
With Lil John on production and stars like Missy Elliott “One, Two Step”, Petey Pablo “Goodies”, R. Kelly “Next To You”, Ludicris “Oh”, and T.I. & Jazze Pha on the “Goodies” remix, it’s easy to see why this album faired so well.
If you like a strong mix of Good R&B; and Hip-Hop… Ciara’s your girl. Even her toughest critics would be hard pressed to find a really bad track on the entire album.
2004: “Goodies “
2006: “Ciara: The Evolution”