It's in Dallas,
Texas, that Jessica Ann Simpson was born on July 10th, 1980. Growing
up in the small town of Richardson, her life was textbook happy.
Her father Joe was a psychologist who also served as youth minister
in the local Baptist church.
background, it was only normal for young Jessica to participate
in church activities and so she sang in the choir. Such was her
gift that at the age of 12, she auditioned for The Mickey Mouse
When she reached
the finals, she froze, choking completely. Unfortunately, she
didn't get the job; Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera were
luckier. Nevertheless, this experience served as an important
life lesson for Jessica.
to Richardson and bit into the Christian music she had been brought
up with. Before long, small label Proclaim Records noticed her
voice and offered to record an album. She recorded a number of
gospel songs but just as they were angling for a release date,
the label went bankrupt.
to give up in the face of adversity, Joe (now her manager) took
his daughter on the road, where they worked the Christian Youth
Concert circuit. Jessica sang and then sold her home-recorded
album after performances. This was a winning formula and while
she was still in junior high, Jessica was performing with famous
gospel acts like Kirk Franklin and Ce Ce Winans.
about Simpson and her record sold like hotcakes. More importantly,
it wasn't only Christian music fans who got into her music; pop
lovers everywhere were being charmed by her voice. This was just
the encouragement Jessica needed to pursue a middle-of-the-road
pop music career.
news of Jessica's success reached important people in the industry.
Tommy Mottola of Columbia Records/Sony Music was one of them and
he was stunned by Simpson's voice and skills.
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she had the talent to reach mainstream audiences. Still, Jessica
made it clear that she would only be onboard if she could maintain
her identity. Luckily, Mottola understood what she believed in
and supported her decision.
up with the music giant, her debut album Sweet Kisses was released
in 1999, giving way to the singles "I Wanna Love You Forever"
and "I Think I'm In Love With You." She then hit the
road and showed audiences worldwide what the Jessica Simpson craze
was all about.
boy band 98 Degrees for the tour and it didn't take long for her
to fall in love with one of its members, Nick Lachey. Their budding
romance only helped the release of their duet, "Where You
Are," off Sweet Kisses.
In June 2001,
her sophomore album Irresistible was released. The title track
was a smash hit and it went as high as #3 on the Top 40 mainstream
chart. After some remixes, her third record In This Skin was released
in August 2003. However, Jessica Simpson's life was about to take
a drastic turn.
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After a short
breakup, Jessica and Nick finally got married in October 2002
(which meant that they could finally consummate their union...)
and the celebrity marriage had rejoiced gossip columnists everywhere.
As a result, MTV offered the couple a reality show based on their
everyday life as a couple, much like The Osbournes.
The deal was
struck and August 2003 marked the debut of Newlyweds: Nick &
Jessica. Although the show overshadowed Simpson's new album, it
became an incredible hit and it was picked up for a second season.
world can't seem to get enough of their goofy antics, the couple
was offered a TV variety special reminiscent of The Sonny and
Cher Show. They don't plan on making it a series but we'll see