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The title of her much-anticipated sophomore album says it all and as Grammy winning young superstar Ciara declares, "My second record is called "The Evolution" because I feel like I'm graduating...

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The title of her much-anticipated sophomore album says it all and as Grammy winning young superstar Ciara declares, "My second record is called "The Evolution" because I feel like I'm graduating to a whole new level creatively and musically. I co-wrote every song and co-produced many of the tracks on this record so it really reflects where I am as an artist. I had fun making my first album: with "The Evolution," I had an actual plan of what I wanted to hear and the sounds I wanted on the record."

The many music fans Ciara established worldwide through hit singles such as the three No. 1 singles - "Goodies," and "1,2 Step," and "Oh" - from GOODIES, her Grammy-nominated debut CD - have been eagerly awaiting her new CD, THE EVOLUTION, which includes chart and radio hit "Get Up" (from the "Step Up" soundtrack) and "Promise," the Ciara-penned first single - with its steamy hot video directed by Diane Martel - another immediate hit for the singer/songwriter.

THE EVOLUTION caps an amazing two years for the Atlanta native who celebrated her 21st birthday on October 25, 2006, the same day the video for "Promise" made its debut on BET's Access Granted: since the release of the GOODIES album in 2004, Ciara has earned four Grammy nominations (including Best New Artist), five ASCAP Awards for Songwriting, three Teen Choice Awards, two BET Awards, two MTV Video Music Awards, Two Lady of Soul Awards, a Vibe award and was given the prestigious "Entertainer of the Year Award" at the Soul Train Awards in 2005 (CHECK DATE). As a featured artist, Ciara has had the magic touch lending her vocal talents to Bow Wow's "Like You," Field Mob's "So What" and Missy Elliott's "Lose Control" which won the two a 2005 Grammy for "Best Short Form Music Video." "There have been a lot of emotional highpoints," Ciara says of her meteoric rise to become one of today's most popular young female artists. "I've been living my dream. Everything has been so great - winning a Grammy, having my first single go to No. 1, being named "Entertainer Of The Year" at the Soul Train Awards. It's all made me even more motivated."

Now with THE EVOLUTION, spurred on by the response to "Promise," Ciara can expect an even greater response: "I've learned so much and I feel like I've continued to get better with everything I've done in the last two years. I've been blessed to have friends and family who have been so supportive. I appreciate all that has happened and now I feel like I'm going to a whole new place with my evolution in fashion, dance and in my music."