Ciara Princess Harris was born on October 25, 1985, in Austin, Texas, to Carlton Clay Harris of the United States Army and Jackie Smith-Harris of the United States Air Force. However, due to military requirements, the Harris family lived in a variety of locations, including Germany, New York, Nevada, and Utah.
Ciara spent her adolescent years in Atlanta, Georgia, where she attended North Clayton High School and competed in the long jump and triple jump. She transferred to and graduated from Riverdale High School in Riverdale, Georgia, in 2003, where she was the cheerleading squad’s captain and began writing lyrics.
That year, she also signed with LaFace Records. Her debut album, Goodies, was released in 2004 by Jazze Pha’s Sho’nuff Records and LaFace Records, with the single sharing the same title that peaked at no. 1 R&B, no. 1 UK, and no. 1 Billboard Hot 100. Also, from the album Goodies were two other hits, “1, 2 Step” that reached no. 2 on Billboard Hot 100, no. 3 UK, and no. 4 R&B, while the single “Oh” reached no. 2 R&B, no. 2 Billboard Hot 100, and no.4 UK.
Ciara was named Best New Emerging Talent in Entertainment Weekly magazine in 2005, and the following year, she received a key to Riverdale and won a Grammy Award for “Lose Control” (with Missy Elliott & Fatman Scoop). Shortly after receiving that honor, Ciara released the single “Promise,” which peaked at number 20 on Billboard’s Adult R&B Airplay chart. It was charted for 11 weeks. Ciara: The Evolution charted for 71 weeks, including a peak at number one, and remained at no. 15 in Switzerland, no. 17 in the United Kingdom, no. 25 in New Zealand, no. 32 in Germany, and no. 49 in France. It sold over 1.3 million copies in the United States.
Ciara married Russell Wilson, the quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks, on July 6, 2016 in Cheshire, England. They have a daughter named Sienna Princess Wilson and a son named Win Harrison Wilson. Ciara has another son from a previous relationship, Future Zahir Wilburn.
Ciara had three hits in 2010: “Pretty Girl Swag,” “Speechless,” and “Gimmie Dat,” all from her album Basic Instinct.
She was nominated for a Grammy for “Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals” for “Love Sex Magic,” but the single did not chart well in the United States, peaking at 127 in the United Kingdom.
Ciara won the “Best Smile” award at the 2013 BET Awards and was nominated for an American Music Award for “Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist” at the America Music Awards.
Ciara’s 2015 album, Jackie, yielded two notable singles: “I Bet,” which charted at no. 15 R&B and no. 43 on the Hot 100 chart, and “Dance Like We’re Making Love,” which charted at no. 28 R&B and no. 100 on the Billboard Hot 100. Ciara charted again three years later, in 2018, with the single “Level Up” from her album Beauty Marks. It peaked at R&B number 23 and Billboard Hot 100 number 59.
In 2020 Ciara co-hosted ‘Dick Clark’s Annual New Year’s Rockin’ Eve at Times Square in New York City and broadcasted by ABC television.
Ciara has an estimated net worth of $30 million from numerous revenue streams.