Jessica Simpson was born July 10, 1980 in Abilene
Texas. She is an international star and media darling who has taken
the music, fashion and entertainment industries by storm. She has
released 8 hit-producing albums and starred on the big and small
screens with notable roles in TV shows.
Jessica began singing in the church choir as a child. When she was
eleven, she realized she hoped to achieve success as a singer while
at a church retreat. She auditioned for The Mickey Mouse Club at the
age of twelve, auditioning with a performance of "Amazing Grace" and
dancing to "Ice Ice Baby". She advanced through multiple rounds,
eventually being a semi-finalist for the show alongside artists such
as Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, and Justin Timberlake.
Simpson said she became nervous about her final audition after
seeing Aguilera perform, and she ultimately was not selected for the
show. Simpson resumed performing in her church choir, eventually
being discovered by the head of a Christian music label. He
initially asked her for an audition, and immediately signed her
after she performed "I Will Always Love You" (1973) by Dolly Parton.
She began working on her debut album with Proclaim Records, and
began touring to promote the project.
With her unmistakable voice and unique pop sound, Jessica caught the
eye of Columbia Records executive Tommy Mottola. After joining a
tour in support of the boy-band 98 Degrees, she quickly burst onto
the music scene in 1999 with her debut release Sweet Kisses. Her
RIAA-certified double platinum debut featured Jessica's massive
breakthrough hit, "I Wanna Love You Forever," which hit #3 on the
Billboard Hot 100 chart.
It wasn't long before Hollywood was knocking on her door. In
addition to a recurring role on That 70's Show, Jessica's MTV
reality show Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica launched in 2003, making her
a household name. In 2005, Jessica made her film debut as Daisy Duke
in The Dukes of Hazzard and released a cover of Nancy Sinatra's
"These Boots Were Made For Walkin'" for the movie's soundtrack. The
song topped the Billboard Hot Digital Tracks charts and was
certified platinum. Jessica has also starred in Employee of the
Month for Lions Gate Films and Sony Pictures' Blonde Ambition for
which she co-starred with Luke Wilson. She also starred in Major
Movie Star for Nu Image/ Millennium Films.
Aside from Jessica's entertainment prowess, she enjoys tremendous
success as a designer and business woman with her Jessica Simpson
Collection. Launched in 2005, the collection has grown to include
over 34 product categories, such as footwear, handbags, denim,
eyewear, lingerie, jewelry, outerwear, luggage, ready-to-wear, fine
jewelry, tween, maternity, athleisure, kids, home and more.
Jessica's first fragrance "Fancy" launched in August of 2008 to
tremendous success. Second and third and fourth fragrances "Fancy
Nights", "I Fancy You", and "Vintage Bloom" landed in stores to
great success. A signature fragrance "Jessica Simpson" will launch
Jessica is an enthusiastic philanthropist. In April 2004, Simpson
performed during the VH1's benefit concert Divas Live 2004 alongside
Ashanti, Cyndi Lauper, Gladys Knight, Joss Stone and Patti LaBelle,
in support of the Save the Music Foundation. In May 2004, Simpson
did a benefit concert to help the Skin Care Foundation. In March
2007, Simpson donated a new Chrysler minivan to the Elim orphanage
in Nuevo Laredo. Simpson won a Chrysler Crossfire sports car at the
2006 MTV Video Music Awards, but exchanged the $50,000 luxury car
for a minivan so she could help the orphanage. Simpson is
Soles4Souls's Ambassador where she participated in autographing
shoes to donate the money from communities across the United States.
Simpson also works with Make A Wish Foundation. She serves as
Operation Smile's International Youth Ambassador and joined the
Operation Smile international medical mission in Nakuru, Kenya where
she assisted the volunteer team with the medical evaluations of the
more than 280 children who visited the remote region with the hopes
of receiving life-changing corrective surgery for their facial