Personnel: Ciara (vocals); Jazze Pha (rap vocals, various instruments); Petey Pablo, Lil Jon , Ludacris, Missy Elliott, T.I. (rap vocals); Donnie Lyle (guitar); Rodney East (keyboards); Abel Garibaldi, Andy Gallas (programming); R. Kelly (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Andre Harris; Lil Jon ; Leslie Brathwaite; Vincent Dilorenzo; Brian Stanley ; Ray Seay; Serban Ghenea; Vidal Davis.
Recording information: Circle House Studios, Miami, FL; Darp Studios, Atlanta, GA; Doppler Studios, Atlanta, GA; Futuristic Recording Studios, Atlanta, GA; Ground Breaking Studios, Atlanta, GA; Hit Factory Criteria, Miami, FL; Hitco, Atlanta, GA; Patchwerk Recordings, Atlanta, GA; Phoenix Ave. Studios, Atlanta, GA; Sony Music Studios, New York, NY; Studio 609 Recordings, Philadelphia, PA; The Chocolate Factory, Chicago, IL; The Studio, Philadelphia, PA.
Photographer: Mark Mann .
Arranger: R. Kelly.
As a rare female voice in the world of crunk, Ciara is in the unique position to offer a counterpoint to the multitude of hits like Lil Jon's "Get Low" and Petey Pablo's "Freek-a-Leek," which feature men going into clubs and calling out any attractive female. On Ciara's breakout single, "Goodies," the singer coos sultrily--but forcefully--about her independence and how she refuses to be treated like an object, even enlisting the aforementioned Lil Jon and Pablo help out, producing and guest rapping, respectively. It's no wonder "Goodies" was a 2004 summer smash, with its singularly disarming combination of an empowering message backed by an intoxicatingly sexy beat.
Ciara's debut record takes its name and direction from the aforementioned hit, backing up her outstanding single with a slew of aggressive, seductive dance-floor hits cut by sweet ballads (a la Beyonce), as the vocalist asserts both her self-dominion and her natural vulnerability. It certainly doesn't hurt to have a friend in Jazze Pha, one of the ablest producers in the game, who seems to have an affinity for Ciara's every sway. Nor does it hurt to boast guest shots from Missy Elliott (on the "Goodies" companion piece "1,2 Step") and Ludacris (on the sinister "Oh"). With GOODIES, Ciara reveals depth beyond her potent first hit.