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Ashlee Simpson

Facts about Ashlee Simpson

Date of Birth:03 October 1984
Birthplace:Waco, Texas, USA
First Name:Ashlee
Middle Name:Nicole
Last Name:Simpson-Wentz
Maiden Name:Simpson
Height:5' 7" (170 cm)
Eye Color:Blue
Hair Color:Blonde
Star Sign:Libra
Claim to Fame:Jessica Simpsons younger sister
Occupation:Singer, Actress
Occupation Category:Singer
Music Genre:Pop, Pop/Rock
Music Style:Contemporary Pop/Rock, Pop, Teen Pop
Music Mood:Aggressive, Ambitious, Boisterous, Brash, Confident, Energetic, Playful, Rebellious, Reckless, Rousing
Alternative Names:Ashlee Nicole Wentz, Ashlee Nicole Simpson-Wentz, Ashlee Wentz, Ashlee Simpson
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Biography for Ashlee Simpson

Ashlee Nicole Wentz (born Oct. 3, 1984 (37 years ago) as Ashley Nicole Simpson) is an American pop rock singer-songwriter, dancer and actress. Simpson-Wentz, who is the younger sister of pop singer Jessica Simpson (31 walls), rose to prominence in mid-2004 through the success of her number-one debut album Autobiography and the accompanying reality series The Ashlee Simpson Show. Simpson received widespread criticism when she used a pre-recorded vocal track on Saturday Night Live in Oct. 2004 (17 years ago). Following a North American concert tour and a movie appearance, Simpson released a second number-one album, I Am Me, in Oct. 2005 (16 years ago). Her third album, Bittersweet World, was released in Apr. 2008 (13 years ago). The following month, she married musician Pete Wentz and announced that they were expecting a child. On Nov. 20, 2008 (13 years ago), Simpson-Wentz gave birth to their son, Bronx Mowgli Wentz. She was recently cast as Violet Foster, a small town girl in The CW's Melrose Place, a revamp of the '90s drama of the same name. Her first three albums have sold over 5 million copies in the United States.

Early years

Ashlee was born in Waco, Texas, and raised in Richardson, Texas. She is the second daughter of Joe Truett Simpson (a former Baptist youth minister who is now her manager) and Tina Ann Drew.

Ashlee attended Prairie Creek Elementary. An accomplished dancer, Simpson began studying classical ballet at the age of three, and was admitted to the School of American Ballet in New York City at the age of eleven. Around that time, she suffered from an eating disorder; the condition lasted about six months, and she dropped to about 70 pounds at 5 ft 2 in, but her parents then stepped in and got her to eat more. After her sister Jessica Simpson (31 walls) landed a record deal, the Simpson family decided to move to Los Angeles, California, where Ashlee began appearing in TV commercials.


Early years

When Jessica became a star after releasing her first album, Ashlee became one of her backup dancers. Later, Ashlee began appearing in movies and TV series, including an episode of the sitcom Malcolm in the Middle in 2001 (20 years ago), a minor role in the 2002 (19 years ago) movie The Hot Chick and a recurring role, 39 episodes from 2002-2004, on the family drama series 7th Heaven.

Ashlee recorded a song called "Christmas Past, Present and Future" in 2002 (19 years ago) for the holiday album School's Out! Christmas, later to be re-released on Radio Disney Jingle Jams in 2004 (17 years ago) and 2005 (16 years ago). In the summer of 2003 (18 years ago) she released a song titled "Just Let Me Cry" for the soundtrack of the movie Freaky Friday. Eventually, Simpson signed a record deal with Geffen Records.

Debut album and reality TV (2004, 17 years ago)

Simpson-Wentz occasionally appeared on Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica, a reality show about the married life of Jessica and her then-husband Nick Lachey. To accompany and build interest in the beginning of her own music career, Simpson-Wentz filmed and appeared on her reality TV series, The Ashlee Simpson Show, which aired in a subsequent time slot to Newlyweds and whose theme was the title song from her debut album, Autobiography. It ran in the U.S. for eight weekly episodes over the summer of 2004 (17 years ago) (a second season of ten episodes aired from Jan. to Mar. 2005 (16 years ago)). The show dealt with the process of writing, recording, and performing Simpson-Wentz's music as well as aspects of her personal life.

Simpson-Wentz's first album, Autobiography, debuted at number one in the U.S. in Jul. 2004 (17 years ago) with first week sales numbering around 398,000 copies. The album was certified triple platinum in sep. 2004 (17 years ago). Simpson co-wrote all of the album's tracks and described it as "very true to my emotions" in one interview, but critical reviews were mixed. Rolling Stone magazine's Peter Relic characterised Autobiography as a "mundane melange of Avril-ish brat pop and Sheryl Crow cod rock." E! Online wrote "Even if it doesn't wow you, Autobiography may surprise you." The single that preceded the album, "Pieces of Me," was one of the biggest hits of the summer in the U.S. and sold well elsewhere. However, the follow-up singles, "Shadow" and "La La," were less successful.

When appearing for live performances, Simpson performs live with a backing band. During the period from 2004 (17 years ago) to 2006 (15 years ago), the band consisted of Ray Brady (guitar), Braxton Olita (guitar), Joey Kaimana (bass guitar—from 2004 (17 years ago) to 2005 (16 years ago) Zach Kennedy filled this role), Chris Megert (keyboards and vocals—from late 2004 (17 years ago) to 2005 (16 years ago) Lucy Walsh filled this role), and Chris Fox (drums).

In addition to her own first album, Simpson sang a duet of the Christmas song "Little Drummer Boy" with her sister Jessica for the album Rejoyce, which they had sung together during the ABC variety hour special Nick & Jessica's Family Christmas.

At the Teen Choice Awards on Aug. 8, 2004 (17 years ago), Simpson received the "Song of the Summer" Teen Choice Award for "Pieces of Me," as well as the "Fresh Face" award. In addition, she won a Billboard Award for New Female Artist of the Year in December, and in the same month, Entertainment Weekly Magazine named her one of its Breakout Stars of 2004 (17 years ago). Simpson also co-hosted Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve along with Regis Philbin (in Dick Clark's absence) at the end of the year, hosting the West Coast portion of the show and performing three songs.

Saturday Night Live incident

Simpson crying due to vocal difficulties after a rehearsal for her controversial Saturday Night Live appearance in 2004 (17 years ago).Simpson appeared as a musical guest on Episode 568 of Saturday Night Live (October 23–24, 2004 (17 years ago)), and, as is customary for the show's format, she was scheduled to perform two songs. Her first song, "Pieces of Me," was performed without problems. However, when she began her second song, "Autobiography," the vocals for the song "Pieces of Me" were heard again—before she had even raised the microphone to her mouth. Simpson began to do a silly, impromtu jig when she realized the embarrassing error, but then left the stage while the band (not a recording) continued playing. During the closing of the show Simpson appeared with the guest host Jude Law (4 walls) and said, "I'm so sorry. My band started playing the wrong song, and I didn't know what to do, so I thought I'd do a ho-down." Based on professional music producers[who?] who were asked about their opinions of the incident, they state that Simpson's band actually did a respectable job trying to cover up the mistake, and also state that Simpson deciding to blaming her band at the end of the show was not a wise decision.

On Oct. 25, Simpson called in to the music video show Total Request Live and explained that due to complications arising from "severe" acid reflux disease, which had previously been seen bothering her in The Ashlee Simpson Show, she had completely lost her voice and her doctor had advised her not to sing. She said that because of the acid reflux, her father wanted her to use a vocal guide track for the performance. She said of the incident, "I made a complete fool of myself." According to Simpson, the drummer hit the wrong button, which caused the wrong track to be played. During the Oct. 25 Radio Music Awards broadcast, Simpson pretended, as a joke, to make the same mistake as she did in the SNL incident, but then began to perform "Autobiography" without using a pre-recorded vocal track as she had done during the prior SNL performance. On Oct. 31, the CBS news program 60 Minutes aired footage from Simpson's rehearsals before the SNL performance in which Simpson is shown to be disturbed by poor voice control.

The incident was spoofed on MADtv and in the Family Guy episode "Brian Goes Back to College". Simpson is about to start miming a song when the song changes to "Ol' Man River".

Jeannette Walls compared the impact of the SNL incident to the 1990 (31 years ago) Milli Vanilli incident in which their guide track skipped during a live MTV performance, revealing that they were lip-synching.

The New York Times said the much-viewed clip of Simpson's SNL appearance "may just be this year's best music video," but dismissed its significance: "one of 2004's most popular new stars had been exposed as... As what, exactly?"

Simpson returned to Saturday Night Live the following year to perform the single "Boyfriend" and a new song "Catch Me When I Fall" from her album I Am Me. Both songs were performed without incident.

Orange Bowl performance and first tour (early 2005 (16 years ago))

Simpson performing "La La" at the 2005 (16 years ago) Orange Bowl half-time show. Simpson's performance was judged by commentators as poor, and was roundly booed by spectators.On Jan. 4, 2005 (16 years ago), Simpson performed "La La" at the halftime show for the 2005 (16 years ago) Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida; after her performance, many of the 72,000-plus spectators booed. Some people noted that Kelly Clarkson (5 walls) had performed before Simpson in the show to a much more positive reaction, and assert that Simpson-Wentz's performance was poor and very off-key. Following her Orange Bowl performance, an Internet petition at asking Simpson to stop producing music became one of the most active of the site's petitions. Simpson later said: "That's cool. You don't always have to be a fan of everybody's music." She also cited the support she had received from her fans. Around the time of the petition, Cosmopolitan magazine chose Simpson to be on the cover of the Feb. 2005 (16 years ago) issue, naming her the "Fun Fearless Female of the Year."

Simpson's first U.S. headlining tour (with two dates in Canada as well) ran from mid-February to late Apr. 2005 (16 years ago), and its opening acts were Pepper's Ghost and The Click Five. In addition to material from Autobiography, Simpson performed her own unreleased song "Hollywood," The Pretenders' "Brass in Pocket," Blondie's "Call Me," and Madonna's "Burning Up." She said that the tour would be "stripped down," without pyrotechnics, and that "it's gonna be me and my band getting out there and having fun." In Mar. 2005 (16 years ago), Simpson said that The Ashlee Simpson Show would conclude at the end of its second season, the last episode of which aired at the end of the month.

Film, second album, and theater (2005–2006)

Simpson had a supporting role as an aspiring actress named Clea in Undiscovered, originally titled Wannabe, an independent movie that was released in theaters in Aug. 2005 (16 years ago). Simpson filmed her scenes in late 2004 (17 years ago). While Simpson's performance was met with acceptable reviews, the movie itself was trashed by critics and placed outside of the top ten in its opening weekend, earning just $676,048. Her performance in the movie earned her a Razzie nomination for Worst Supporting Actress.

Simpson-Wentz's second album, I Am Me, was released in the U.S. on Oct. 18, 2005 (16 years ago). Simpson said that she had wanted to incorporate the feel of music from the 1980 (41 years ago) on the album, and that unlike her debut, it would focus less on relationships and more on herself. I Am Me debuted at number one with roughly 220,000 copies sold, but sales quickly deteriorated; by Apr. 2006 (15 years ago), it had sold a little less than 900,000 copies. Its first single, "Boyfriend," became a top twenty hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and performed similarly elsewhere. The second single, "L.O.V.E.," reached the U.S. top twenty-five, its success aided by a remix by R&B/hip-hop producer Missy Elliott and MTV's heavy rotation of the single's music video; it has been her most successful video to date on Total Request Live.

Simpson began a concert tour in late sep. in Portland, Oregon and appeared on the Oct. 8, 2005 (16 years ago) episode of SNL to promote the album. The first of Simpson's two performances on the show was of the ballad "Catch Me When I Fall," which was written about her previous SNL experience, and she thanked the crowd after her second performance. In mid-December, Simpson collapsed after performing in Japan, possibly due to exhaustion. She was briefly hospitalized, and consequently cancelled an appearance at the Radio Music Awards.

Simpson and her sister Jessica were scheduled to appear in Rolling Stone magazine in a shoot shot by photographer David LaChapelle in 2005 (16 years ago), but upon hearing the concept, both sisters were said to be uncomfortable with LaChapelle's raunchy ideas and cancelled, outraging the photographer. He ranted to the press in early 2006 (15 years ago), calling them "everything that's wrong with music." Furthering his statement, LaChapelle said he was just trying to "make The Simpsons (15 walls) (1 walls) look cool. I realize now that is an impossible task." LaChapelle planned to have the sisters "down and dirty" and appearing with snakes.

Simpson appeared on the dec. 2005/January 2006 (15 years ago) cover of Teen People with her sister Jessica, and could also be seen on the dec. 2005 (16 years ago) issue of Blender, Cosmopolitan magazine's Jan. 2006 (15 years ago) edition, the Mar. 2006 (15 years ago) issues of Seventeen and Elle, the Apr. 2006 (15 years ago) issue of Jane, the June/July 2006 (15 years ago) issue of Teen People (in which she was named one of its "25 hottest stars under twenty-five"), the Jul. 2006 (15 years ago) issue of Marie Claire, and the sep. 2006 (15 years ago) issue of CosmoGirl.

Simpson won a Kelly Slater/MTV celebrity surfing invitational competition, which also featured celebrities such as Meagan Good, Jack Osbourne (her main competitor during the competition), Ashley Parker Angel and Tony Hawk, as part of an MTV-sponsored 'Spring Break' Special in Mar. 2006 (15 years ago). On Apr. 12, 2006 (15 years ago) she hosted and performed at the MTV Australia Video Music Awards, where she won "Best Female Artist" and "Best Pop Video" (for "Boyfriend"). A new single, "Invisible," was released in mid-2006 and reached the top 25 on the Billboard Hot 100. Initially it was said that the song would appear on a re-released version of I Am Me, but this never occurred. Simpson began a summer tour on Jun. 5, 2006 (15 years ago) with Ashley Parker Angel as an opening act; initially The Veronicas also opened but quit the tour after the first few shows due to a problem with one of their singers' vocal cords.

Simpson said that after this tour, which ended in late July, she would be going on vacation, that she would take her time making her third album, and that she would look at movie scripts and continue her acting career.

Simpson played the role of Roxie Hart in the London stage production of Chicago to rave reviews, from sep. 25 to Oct. 28, 2006 (15 years ago). One reviewer called Simpson's performance in the show "dazzling and near flawless".

Bittersweet World and TV (2007–present)

Simpson at the CW Upfront presentation promoting her role as Violet Foster, May 20, 2009 (12 years ago).See also: Bittersweet World
In Nov. 2006 (15 years ago), Simpson said that she was going to meet with record executives soon and begin working on her third album. During 2007 (14 years ago), Simpson worked on the album, which was eventually given the title Bittersweet World, with producers Timbaland, Kenna, and Chad Hugo. She said that it would have a more "soulful" sound and more emphasis on beats than guitars.

Geffen chairman Ron Fair said in dec. 2006 (15 years ago) that working on Simpson's next album would be "very tricky" because of press scrutiny and "prejudices", but that Geffen would work with her to overcome that, "because she deserves to be heard and she deserves a shot." A Mar. 2007 (14 years ago) interview with suggested she was working with a variety of musicians for her new album.

In October, the album's release was delayed to the first quarter of 2008 (13 years ago). The album's first single, the Timbaland-produced "Outta My Head (Ay Ya Ya)", was released as a digital download in dec. 2007 (14 years ago).

In an interview with Cosmogirl for its dec. 2007/January 2008 (13 years ago) issue (for which she was the cover girl), Simpson said that she had a "stronger vision" for this album and that she challenged herself by "working with new sounds and new people". She described the result as a "fun party album" with a "silly and quirky" side. Regarding her future plans, she said that she wanted to take some small movie roles and eventually move into bigger roles. She also said she would like to do theater again and to someday have a clothing line.

Simpson has described the album as having some influences from '80s music while still incorporating some pop/rock. She intends to go on tour to support the album. Its second single, "Little Miss Obsessive", was released in Mar. 2008 (13 years ago).

Bittersweet World was released in the U.S. on Apr. 22, 2008 (13 years ago). Reviews for the album were characterized as mixed. A collection of tops designed by Simpson was launched by the clothing retailer Wet Seal on Apr. 22, in connection with the album's release.

Simpson began appearing in commercials for Canadian retailer Zellers to promote their independent clothing line, Request, in mid-2008.

Simpson is scheduled for a TV return in the acting role of Violet Foster in Melrose Place, the CW's revamp of the '90s series Melrose Place.


  • The Hot Chick
  • Undiscovered

TV-shows (series)

  • 7th Heaven
  • The Ashlee Simpson Show
  • Melrose Place

Guest appearances

  • Malcolm in the Middle
  • CSI: NY


  • 2004 (17 years ago): Autobiography
  • 2005 (16 years ago): I Am Me
  • 2008 (13 years ago): Bittersweet World


  • 2005 (16 years ago): "Autobiography Tour"
  • 2005/06: "I Am Me Tour"
  • 2006 (15 years ago): "L.O.V.E. Tour"
  • 2008 (13 years ago): "Outta My Head Club Tour"

Awards and nominations

  • Teen Choice Awards
  • Billboard Awards
  • MTV Asia Video Music Awards
  • RIAJ Gold Disc Award
  • TRL Awards
  • MTV Australia Video Music Awards


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