Jazze Pha’s Sho’ Nuff Records, LaFace Records and Zomba.Saturday marks the 15th anniversary of Ciara’s 2004 triple platinum debut album, Goodies. She recalls that one “really surreal” highlight of the project was recording her triple platinum single from the album “1,2 Step,” with her idol, Missy Elliott.
The Atlanta singer says the song’s producer, Jazze Pha, surprised her by putting Missy on the track without her knowledge. “He knew it was a dream of mine to work with Missy and so he found a way to get to her without letting me know,” Ciara recalls. “That was a dream-come-true moment that was really surreal.”
“1,2 Step” won a BET Award for Best Collaboration in 2005, and received a Grammy nomination for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.
The album’s track, “Goodies,” was Ciara’s debut single. It won a Soul Train Music Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, and was at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for seven consecutive weeks, becoming the longest-running number one debut single by a female artist since 1977.
Ciara recorded “Goodies” after graduating from high school at 17, and claims she was convinced it was the song that would make her a star.
“’This is the one song that I know is gonna put me on the map and its going to change my life and its gonna make my dream come true and be everything that I could want as an artist,’” she recalls thinking at the time.
“It was almost like watching a [Ouija] board and it was moving without anyone touching it, and everything that I wanted to happen and more happened in that moment.”
Thanks to the breakthrough success of the album, Ciara — now a married mother of two — was named the Soul Train Sammy Davis Jr. Female Entertainer of the Year.
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