Ciara Princess Harris (born October 25, 1985), known mononymously as Ciara (pronounced, ), is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, actress and fashion model. Born in Austin, Texas, she traveled around the world during her childhood, eventually moving to Atlanta, Georgia where she joined the girl group Hearsay. However, the group disbanded after having differences; it was at this time Ciara was noticed for her songwriting. In 2002 Ciara met music producer Jazze Pha. With his help, she signed a record deal with LaFace Records.