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Ciara Heads to Studio

Ciara lends hand to Missy, dreams of Oprah

December 23, 2004 12:00 AM ET
Ciara, who recruited Missy Elliot for the track "1, 2 Step" on her debut, Goodies, has returned the favor for the rap star's next album.

"She wrote the song and just called me to record," Ciara says of the as-yet-untitled track. " I'm singing on the hook with her and on a verse. It's really good."

The singer -- who scored a Number One hit this year with her first single, "Goodies" -- is also set to return to the studio in her hometown of Atlanta over the holidays. There the "First Lady of Crunk & B," as her producer Lil Jon calls her, will start laying the seeds for her follow-up.

"I definitely have plans. I've been having conversations, and I got a lot of beats from producers who worked on [Goodies]," says Ciara. "I'll also be doing a lot of writing for other artists." A song co-written by Ciara, "Got Me Waiting," currently appears on American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino's debut, Free Yourself.

Ciara, an ambitious nineteen-year-old who admits to drawing up a "goal sheet" in high school, has big visions for her future. "P. Diddy and Oprah -- a combination of those two would be great," she announces in all seriousness.

But if she doesn't become an absurdly wealthy entrepreneur, that's all right, too. "It's good to know that whenever I look back on my career -- and I pray that will be a very long from now -- I can say that my first single was Number One," she says. "That's a blessing to me."

Ciara will open on an extensive tour next spring.

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