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Jessica Simpson

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Jessica Simpson

Born:

July 10, 1980 - Dallas, Texas

Quote From Jessica Simpson:

"I hate record labels. They think they know everything. I want to hear them try to sing it."

Jessica Simpson Trivia Fact:

At age 12, Jessica auditioned unsuccessfully for the Mickey Mouse Club.

Early Career:

While attending church camp as a pre-teen, Jessica Simpson was discovered by the head of a small contemporary Christian record label. She spent 3 years recording an album that was ultimately never released, except for a small pressing funded by Jessica's grandmother. She did gain popularity singing at Christian youth conferences with performers such as Kirk Franklin and CeCe Winans.

Breakthrough:

In the late 90's, Jessica Simpson decided to crossover to the mainstream pop market. She signed to Columbia Records, toured with the boy band 98 Degrees, and, in 1999, released her first album Sweet Kisses. The album took off quickly in the teen pop market landing at #25 on the pop albums chart and including the top 3 smash hit ballad "I Wanna Love You Forever." The album also included "Where You Are," a duet with 98 Degrees member Nick Lachey.

Jessica Simpson - Star:

Jessica Simpson's second album Irresistible appeared in the spring of 2001 and included another big hit in the album's title track. The album was filled with more teen pop just as the vogue for teen singers and groups was beginning to fade. Followup hits from Irresistible did not appear, and some began to write Jessica Simpson as a casualty of the collapse of the teen pop market.

Expressing her acting skills, Jessica Simpson appeared in a series of episodes of That 70's Show. In 2002 she married boyfriend Nick Lachey and the couple soon became one of the most visible young couples in the music community. Their first year of married life became the subject of Newlyweds : Nick and Jessica, an MTV-produced reality show. Along with the new level of popularity from her TV show, Simpson released her third album In This Skin which featured the hit "With You."

In 2004 Jessica Simpson adopted a somewhat lower profile. She set out on a concert tour as her sister Ashlee Simpson became a pop star in her own right. By the summer of 2005 Jessica Simpson was back in the entertainment spotlight with the imminent release of her first movie Dukes Of Hazzard, starring as Daisy Duke, and the release of her remake of Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'" from the movie's soundtrack. Simpson seemed set to be one of the hottest entertainers of the summer of 2005.

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