R&B singer Ciara celebrates the new year with concert

At just 20 years old, R&B singer Ciara has already conquered the music world. Since breaking onto the scene in 2004 with her debut album "Goodies," the Atlanta resident has sold 3 million records and received 30 award nominations.

Earlier this month, Ciara got four Grammy nods, including one for best new artist. The singer said she couldn't be happier.

"It's a blessing," Ciara said during a recent phone interview. "What more can I ask for? That is so special to me."

Ciara will perform Sunday in her hometown at Philips Arena, sharing the stage with Bow Wow, Omarion, Marques Houston, Trey Songz and Chris Brown as part of the We Ain't Done Yet Holladay Jam Tour. She said she's excited about the show, but also a little nervous.

"When you perform in your hometown, that's when you get the jitters," she said. "When you perform in Atlanta, you have to come with it. I think it's going to be real fun, though."

The tour is a reunion for Ciara and rising star Brown, who met last year at her New Year's performance in Connecticut. She said she's proud of Brown's recent climb to the top of the charts, where his single "Run It" held the No. 1 spot for several weeks.

"I'm so happy for him because he's still so hungry," she said. "I wish him the best."

After the tour, Ciara said, she'll begin recording her second album and will work again with producer/rapper Missy Elliott and Jazze Pha. But with the big-name producers behind her, is she worried about the sophomore jinx?

"Missy is telling me that second album is like, 'Wheeeww,'" she said with a laugh. "But I think I have a good feel for music and I'm gonna go in [the studio] and do it right."

In addition to her music career, Ciara will get to show off her acting chops when she stars as a volleyball player in the coming-of-age story "Rumble," which hits theaters next fall.

The film also stars boxer Laila Ali, the daughter of Muhammad Ali. Ciara said she learned a lot from Ali.

"She's really down to earth," she said. "Plus, she really helped me with my eating because I wanted to have all the bad stuff."

Now that Ciara has tackled both music and film, where does she see herself in 10 years?

"Hopefully, I'll be on my way to becoming the next 'Poprah,'" she said, "a combination between P. Diddy and Oprah."

If you go

•What: We Ain't Done Yet Holladay Jam Tour featuring Ciara, Bow Wow, Omarion, Marques Houston, Trey Songz and Chris Brown

•When: 5 p.m.


•Where: Philips Arena, One Philips Drive, Atlanta

•Cost: $29.50 to $47.50

•Info: Call 404-249-6400 or visit