A talented artist with universal appeal, Jessica Simpson is an international star and media darling who has taken the music, fashion and entertainment industries by storm. Jessica has released 8 hit-producing albums with her unmistakable voice, musical artistry and signature honest connection to her audience. She has starred on the big and small screens with notable roles in TV shows like That 70’s Show, Fashion Star and the Price of Beauty and films like Dukes of Hazzard, Employee of the Month and Blonde Ambition.
Aside from Jessica’s entertainment prowess, she has achieved tremendous success as a designer and entrepreneur with her billion-dollar brand, The Jessica Simpson Collection, which she launched over a decade ago. The collection now includes over 36 product categories and is available throughout the world.
Jessica’s memoir, Open Book, debuted at #1 on three categories of the New York Times bestseller list, and became an instant global bestseller, earning many accolades including Time Magazine’s “100 must-read books of 2020.” The book is sold in over one hundred and twenty-one countries and was the catalyst for a multi-media deal that included a scripted series loosely based on Open Book, a documentary, and a series of essays through Amazon Original Stories.
Jessica Ann Simpson was born and raised outside of Abilene, Texas, to Tina Simpson (née Drew) and Joe Simpson, who is a psychologist and Baptist youth minister. She began her performing career by sharing the stage with famous gospel acts such as Kirk Franklin, God’s Property and Ce Ce Winans. With her powerful 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 the massive breakthrough hit, “I Wanna Love You Forever,” which hit #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The title track to Irresistible, her 2001 follow-up, was a crossover smash, charting on the Hot 100 (#15), the Rhythmic Top 40 (#12), Top 40 Mainstream (#3) and Top 40 Tracks (#5). But it was the success of her quadruple-platinum album, In This Skin, which marked Jessica’s debut as a songwriter and further refined her ever-evolving voice as an artist. “Sweetest Sin,” the album’s first single to hit the Top 40, is a marked change from the teen pop style that launched her career.
Having made her mark in the music industry, it wasn’t long before Hollywood was knocking on Jessica’s door. In addition to roles on scripted television, 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 Lionsgate and Sony Pictures’ Blonde Ambition opposite Luke Wilson as well as Major Movie Star for Nu Image/ Millennium Films.
Jessica’s fifth solo album, A Public Affair, was released in 2006 by Epic Records. Simpson boasts songwriting credits on 10 of the 14 tracks produced by the most sought-after producers of the time: Lester Mendez, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Cory Rooney, Scott Storch and Stargate. The album reflected her personal and musical growth and showcased her diverse range of artistic influences with up-tempo dance tracks, ballads, and a cover of “Let Him Fly” originally recorded by her personal favorite, Patty Griffin. The first hit single, “I Belong to Me” was complemented by a poignant and personal music video directed by Mathew Rolston.
Jessica’s country album, Do You Know was released in 2008. Jessica worked with famed Nashville producers John Shanks and Brett James and co-wrote all but 3 songs on the album, one having been written for her by her all-time Country inspiration, Dolly Parton. The first single, “Come On Over” broke the record for highest entry into the charts for a newcomer to Country and was the number one most downloaded country single on iTunes.
Jessica had the opportunity to travel the world for her VH-1 docu-series, Jessica Simpson’s: The Price of Beauty. For the original series, produced by RDF USA, Jessica traveled to Japan, Thailand, France, Brazil, Uganda, Morocco, and India then back home to Los Angeles to meet everyday women and pop culture icons and reveal what is truly beautiful in the differing cultures. Jessica also served as an executive producer on the project and wrote and recorded an original song that was used for the theme. Jessica starred in NBC’s hit series Fashion Star, produced by Ben Silverman and Electus and Magical Elves (The Biggest Loser). As a mentor, Jessica (alongside co-mentors John Varvatos and Nicole Richie, and buyers from Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s and H&M) helped contestants on their quest to become the next big American fashion designer.
She launched The Jessica Simpson Collection in 2005, and has grown it to cover 36 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 leading to second, third, fourth and fifth fragrances “Fancy Nights”, “I Fancy You”, “Vintage Bloom” and a signature fragrance, “Jessica Simpson”.
An enthusiastic philanthropist, Jessica served as Operation Smile’s International Youth Ambassador and supports children all over the world. She has been praised by fans and recognized by critics with three Teen Choice Awards for Breakout Artist, Love Song of the Year and Red Carpet Fashion Icon, and nominations for two American Music Awards including Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist and Favorite Pop/Rock Album and two MTV Video Music Awards for Best Female Video and Best Pop Video. She is a magazine cover mainstay who has covers such as Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, GQ, Marie Claire, Allure, Elle, People, New York Magazine, Women’s Wear Daily, Entrepreneur and many more. She has been one of People’s Most Beautiful People numerous times and an Us Weekly Style Icon of the Year. She remains one of the most beloved and visible entertainers in the world with a combined social media fan-base of over 15 million. She resides in Los Angeles with her husband Eric and three children Maxwell, Ace and Birdie.