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Born: July 10, 1980
Birthplace: Abilene, Texas
Jessica Ann Simpson was discovered when she was 16 years old by record label Columbia Records. The young singer had been singing for church camps and had unsuccessfully auditioned for the infamous Mickey Mouse Club where other pop-sensations such as Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears were discovered. After Simpson was signed to the label she dropped out of her high school to pursue her music career.
Simpson’s sweet and innocent demeanor helped her stand out from her friendly competition of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, both of whom were going for a sexy image. Her first album, Sweet Kisses was released in 1999 and maintained Simpson’s virginal appearance. The album sold about 4 million copies worldwide.
In 2001, Simpson released her second album, Irresistible, an album that went against her previous “good girl” look. Between the two albums, Simpson had grown up; she decided to move into the teen-pop genre and wanted to give a more mature feel to the album. She began to wear revealing clothes onstage and wrote songs about heartbreak and revenge rather than just sticking with the concept of love. She headlined her first tour named The DreamChaser Tour in August of 2011 but the tour had to be cancelled due to the September 11th attacks that same year.
In 2002, Simpson married her boyfriend Nick Lachey and the two started their own TV show titled Newlyweds, which helped further Simpson’s fame. She began to work on a third album in 2003 titled In This Skin, the leading single titled “The Sweetest Sin” focused on her loss of virginity to her then-husband. The album hit the number ten spot on Billboard 200. The album, as of December 2004, sold more than 3 million copies in the US alone. In the fall of 2005, after her acting debut as Daisy Duke in the comedy Dukes of Hazzard, Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson separated and their divorce was finalized in 2006.
Shortly after the finalization of their divorce, Simpson released her fifth album titled A Public Affair in August of that year. The album, unfortunately is considered a failure in comparison to Simpson’s earlier work. That wasn’t the only downfall for Simpson though. In October of that same year, Simpson’s second movie, Employee of the Month was released receiving poor reviews from critics.
Despite her hard year, Simpson decided to move into the country genre of music, releasing her country single “Come On Over” which peaked as number eighteen on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. The country album, titled Do You Know peaked at number four on Billboard 200 but it almost immediately fell off of the charts.
By 2010, Simpson had decided to take a step back from her music career. Instead, she was the host of VH1’s documentary series The Price of Beauty, a show that followed Simpson across the globe where she discovers each culture’s own idea of beauty. She married former NFL star Eric Johnson and together have two children. Her most recent news is that she will be starring as herself in an NBC sitcom about her life.