GRAMMY-winning R&B singer/songwriter Ciara recently visited The Recording Academy's headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., to participate in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview. Following the interview, Ciara performed a brief acoustic set featuring tracks from her self-titled album, including "Overdose," "DUI" and "Read My Lips."
"Sometimes you have ideas and you're like, 'Let me write this down in my phone really quickly — it's in my mind, it's in my heart, don't forget it,'" said Ciara regarding her songwriting process. "And then sometimes you have the process of when you hear music and you get inspired [by] the chords within the song [and] the way the track makes you feel."
Since breaking onto the music scene in 2003, Atlanta-based Ciara has collaborated with artists such as GRAMMY winners Missy Elliott, Lil Jon, Ludacris, and Justin Timberlake, among others. In 2003 producer Jazze Pha introduced her to GRAMMY-winning producer and LaFace Records co-founder L.A. Reid, who signed her to the label. Released in 2004, Ciara's debut studio album, Goodies, landed at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 and spawned hits such as "Goodies," "Oh" and "1, 2 Step," the latter of which featured Elliott and earned a GRAMMY nomination for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration at the 48th GRAMMY Awards. Ciara was also nominated for Best New Artist and picked up her first GRAMMY win to date for Best Short Form Music Video for her collaboration with Elliott and Fatman Scoop on "Lose Control."
Ciara's sophomore effort, 2006's Ciara: The Evolution, reached No. 1 and was followed by Fantasy Ride (2009) and Basic Instinct (2010). In 2011 Ciara signed with Epic Records, reuniting her with Reid, the label's chairman/CEO. Released in July, Ciara reached No. 2 on the chart with the hits "Body Party" and "I'm Out" featuring Nicki Minaj.
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