She was an opening act for Gwen Stefani's Harajuku Lovers Tour 2005 and went on tour with Chris Brown and Bow Wow on the Holiday Jam Tour in December 2005.

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Her first success was writing the song "Got Me Waiting" for R&B singer Fantasia Barrino's debut album, Free Yourself.

It was when she was writing songs that she met music producer, Jazze Pha, whom she called her "music soulmate." In 2002, the two recorded four demos, "1, 2 Step", "Thug Style," "Pick Up the Phone," and "Lookin' at You," which all appeared on her debut album, which was released two years later.

The album went on to be certified platinum by the RIAA in the United States, within only five weeks of its release, and has sold 1.3 million copies according to Nielsen Sound Scan.

The song was used for the film Step Up (2006) and featured on the film's soundtrack.

The single performed well worldwide, topping the charts in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom, and charting in the top ten of other charts, receiving Platinum certification in the United States.

"Oh" featuring Ludacris was released as the third single on March 5, 2005.

In 2015, Ciara released her sixth album Jackie, which included the singles "I Bet" and "Dance Like We're Making Love".

Ciara has also transitioned into acting and modeling.

In early 2004, she wrote a demo with record producer, Sean Garrett, which came to the attention of Lil Jon and became her debut single "Goodies".

Lil Jon stated later that he knew it would be big seeing how it sounded similar to Usher's international hit, "Yeah! Following the release of the album, Ciara was hailed as the "First Lady of Crunk&B".

The song performed well worldwide, appearing in the top ten of seven charts, and certified either Platinum or Gold in multiple regions.