In 2015, it just might be the summer of Ciara. The R&B singer dropped her Jackie album, joined the cast of NBC variety show I Can Do That and embarked on a nationwide tour that hits the Ritz Ybor this Saturday.
She's got a lot on her plate what with all of that, 1-year-old son Future and being escorted to the White House Correspondents' Dinner by Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. How does she do it all? If you let her album tell it, she's a One Woman Army. In between sound checks, Ciara talked to the Times about the show, mommyhood and her new music.
How are you juggling these various projects?
Oh, my goodness. While filming the show I was also working on the album and doing promotional things. It's exciting. It's such an exciting time for me. And I'm really like, more, give me some more. I love it.
Jackie, named after your mother, is your sixth studio album. How do you pare down a catalog that big to fit one concert?
I try to do the songs that the world has heard. Songs that the world has pushed to the top, they kind of stand out. So I make sure that I do those. We really go through the catalog and those super successful songs as well as the new songs and we get a good mix of the old and the new.
When was the last time you visited Florida?
Oh, it's been two or three years.
Any plans for while you're in the Sunshine State?
You know, I'm looking forward to going to the beach. If I can get out the beach one day that would be great.
Is your son, Future, touring with you?
Yes, he is. He always travels with me. He's so funny and he's having so much fun. Having my son with me has made this whole trip amazing. He's growing and becoming more active. To have him on the road with me has been a blessing.
What is the track you've gotten the most feedback from on the Jackie album?
Oh, it's been a few of them. Dance Like We're Making Love, I Got You, That's How I'm Feeling (featuring Pitbull and Missy Elliot) and Give Me Love.
Of those, what's you favorite.?
It's hard. I don't think I can pick just one. There's Jackie (B.M.F.), I Got You … There's a lot of favorites.
The ones you named are really family oriented songs. Is that the next phase of Ciara, family woman?
I've always been a family woman. My parents were married 32 years. So it's always been in my blood. I hope to soon really get my life mapped out in the family aspect. I've been able to see the world, which has been a blessing, but when you can share it with your family that's better. It's important as people to have clarity. I do look forward to having it all the way together.
What's the can't miss high point of the tour?
I feel like there is a beginning, middle, and end, so it's hard to say just one. The way the show is when it starts is high energy and in the middle where we do the Michael Jackson tribute and towards the end the fans always love the part where I bring a fan up on stage and dance with them. You've got to see the beginning, middle and end. It's a super high-energy show.
Also, we go a little unexpected route with the order of the songs. I want to see the energy of the crowd going up and down really smooth. It's a real roller coaster.