As a teen, Ciara knew exactly what she wanted to be: a superstar. Inspired by performances of Janet Jackson and Destiny’s Child, she decided to pursue singing. Now, after winning a Grammy and selling millions of albums, it’s clear her dream came true. As a teen, Ciara formed a group with some of her high school friends. They had big aspirations, but eventually broke up. The experience helped her, and afterward she signed a publishing deal as a songwriter. The experience put her in touch with producer Jazze Pha -- who saw her talent. Together they recorded several singles -- all of which later ended up on her debut album.
In 2003, Jazze Pha put her in touch with La Face Records executive, L.A. Reid, who signed her to the label. She set to work and in 2004 released her debut album, "Goodies." The album and title track took off and was certified 3x platinum. She also earned several Grammy nominations.
Ciara followed up her successful debut with "Ciara: The Evolution" in 2006 -- which debuted at #1. It was certified platinum in just five weeks. In 2008, Billboard labeled her the "Woman of the Year." That year she also released her third album, "Fantasy Ride," -- which included the worldwide hit single, "Love Sex Magic," featuring Justin Timberlake.