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Jessica Simpson Biography

Simpson’s Christian Music Roots Prepare Her for the World Stage

 

Jessica Ann Simpson was born in Dallas on July 10, 1980, to parents Joe and Tina. She would grow up in the tiny town of Richardson, Texas.

 

With her father serving as a youth minister in the local Baptist church, Jessica began to participate in the church choir as a child. Learning she had a real musical gift, Jessica auditioned for The Mickey Mouse Club at the age of 12 and made it as far as the finals. If she had made the club, she would have been in the company of future pop sensations Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera.

 

Following her disappointing audition, Jessica returned to Richardson and her Christian Music roots. She attended a religious camp where she was noticed by small label Proclaim Records, and began work on an album. After three years of work, the label folded, temporarily stalling the beginning of her music career.

 

Left with nothing but the material she had been working on, Jessica entered the Christian Youth Conference music circuit. Soon Simpson was performing with gospel greats such as Kirk Franklin and Ce Ce Winans, and selling her home-recorded album after performances.

 

Word soon spread throughout the Christian music world about Simpson’s talent, and spilled out into the pop mainstream. Industry giant Tommy Mottola of Columbia Records/Sony Music made the bet that she had the talent to appeal to a wider audience. Jessica made it clear that she would want to keep tight control over her image and the material she would later record.

 

In December 1999, I Wanna Love You Forever, her first single from her debut album Sweet Kisses, landed a top-five hit of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. The single also landed on the top ten in Canada and the U.K. The album would reach a number twenty-five on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart and also made the top forty of the UK charts. Sweet Kisses sold two million copies in the U.S.

 

She supported the album touring along with boy band 98 Degrees. She would eventually fall in love with one of the members, Nick Lachey. Gathering news of their romantic courtship helped to promote the release of their duet, Where You Are, off Sweet Kisses.

 

Simpson’s sophomore effort, Irresistible, in 2001, was another big success, reaching #15 on the Hot 100, #12 on the Rhythmic Top 40, #3 on the Top 40 Mainstream, and #5 on Top 40 Tracks.

 

After Irresistible, Jessica took a break from music to work on her acting career. She had a recurring role on That 70's Show, and appeared on an episode of UPN's The Twilight Zone.

 

In October 2002, Jessica married Nick Lachey with the very public claim that she was a virgin until her wedding night. The gossip mill was running so fast, MTV offered the couple a reality show based on their everyday life during their first year of marriage.

 

Her third record, In This Skin, was released in August 2003, just as their new show, Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica, debuted. The show would become an instant success that overshadowed Simpson's new album. Nick and Jessica were signed for a second and third season. Jessica eventually won a Teen Choice Award for Variety TV Star, Female 2004 for her work on Newlyweds.

 

Nick and Jessica also hosted their own television variety show that was patterned after The Sonny and Cher Show.

 

Simpson played sexy Daisy Duke in the film version of The Dukes of Hazzard in 2005. Her remake of Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots Are Made For Walking” was released as the first single from the movie soundtrack.

 

In November 2005, Simpson and Lachey officially announced their separation in a joint statement. The couple filed for divorce in Los Angeles courts on December 16, 2005 citing "irreconcilable differences." The divorce was made final in July of 2006.

 

Simpson will have a busy year for her career in 2006, with a movie in development called Room Service, and a new album, And the Band Played On, due to be released as well.

 

Matilda Ege

August 2006

 

 

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