Ashlee Simpson Biography

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Ashlee Simpson has experienced more highs and lows in the last year than some recording artists do in a lifetime. Yet ask her about it and Ashlee shrugs it off. "Yeah, there are moments when you don't want to get out of bed," she says, "but you have to find your inner strength. That's something I found." Indeed, as an artist, Ashlee Simpson is still just beginning her journey, but if her new Geffen CD "I Am Me" is any indication, she's well on her way to a becoming an important voice in pop music.

In fact, she already is. When her single "Pieces of Me" took the music world by storm and her 2004 debut CD "Autobiography" entered the charts at #1, Ashlee made an immediate national impact.. Now, with her latest work, she reveals explosive growth as both a singer and songwriter. At 21, Ashlee has left girlhood behind. On the new CD she explores dark themes side by side with plenty of flamboyant fun. "Everything has evolved," she says. "My voice has matured, and so have the situations I've been through."

Once again, Ashlee teamed up with producer John Shanks (who also plays keyboards, bass and guitars). Having previously worked with the likes of Sheryl Crow, Melissa Etheridge and Alanis Morissette, Shanks knows a thing or two about talented female artists, and he brings all his skills to bear on "I Am Me." Ashlee co-wrote every song with Shanks and Kara DioGuardi, both of whom clearly grasps the singer's subtle moods and musings. Of the ten songs collectively, Ashlee says, "The record is dark meets light in a sense. I feel everyone has a dark side. This album is about finding the positive, finding the lighter side as well."

She wastes no time, starting with "Boyfriend," the opening track and premiere single. Shank's churning Sting-like riff underscores Ashlee's tale of jealousy and playing emotional defense. Indicative of the album's triumphant tone, at one point she sings, "Hollywood sucks you in, but it won't spit me out."

Songs like "In Another Life," the reggae-flavored "Burnin’ Up" and "Coming Back for More" explore the notion of love as an all-consuming passion, while the hip-hop influenced "L.O.V.E" is straight up girl's-night-out party anthem. Others, like "Say Goodbye" and the ballad "Catch Me When I Fall," plumb the depths of depression and isolation. "That’s one of my favorites," says Ashlee of the latter. "I wrote the lyrics when I was going through a hard time. I continued working through a feeling of loneliness and emptiness."

Ashlee reclaims the emotional high ground on the title track ("I am me and I won't change for anyone" she sings) and the moving "Beautifully Broken," a celebration of healing and wholeness. "It’s actually about my experience with SNL," says the singer. "It's about wiping away the tears, putting my shoulders back and keeping on going. I realized it's OK to be broken."

Ashlee was born October 3, 1984 in Waco, Tex., and raised in Dallas by her parents Joe and Tina Simpson. She is of course the younger sister of Jessica Simpson. At age 4 she started dancing, and at age 11, she became the youngest person ever admitted to the prestigious School of American Ballet. Once the family relocated to Los Angeles, Ashlee went on the road, dancing in her sister's show…

But she wasn't destined to remain in the shadows. Ashlee is also an accomplished actress. Her first television appearance was a small role on "Malcolm in the Middle." She also appeared on "Saved by the Bell, "but it was a continuing role on the hit WB series "7th Heaven" that jumpstarted her rise to stardom. Yet all the while, she dreamed of a music career. After she signed with Geffen Records, "The Ashlee Simpson Show" premiered on MTV. The reality series followed Ashlee as she delved into the making of her debut CD and won her countless fans around the country, all cheering her on.

The album's hit debut single "Pieces of Me" propelled "Autobiography" to #1 in its first week of release and to date it has sold nearly three million copies. She criss-crossed the country on her own headline tour playing to packed houses every night. She even had the chance to befriend idols like Gwen Stefani (with whom she shares a birthday). "I felt I belonged everywhere I went," adds Ashlee. "Going to radio stations, meeting fans, it's all been amazing to me. People told me that my music got them through some hard times."

Once off the road, she began concentrating on the new album. Writing it was an artistic leap of faith for Ashlee, who put everything she had into this collection of songs. "I try not to think about what people will take from a song," she says. "I just try to stay really honest and not feel I've gone off track."

Besides, what 21-year-old doesn't look to the future, especially one as promising as Ashlee Simpson's? With "I Am Me," she is confident her fans will happily go along for the ride. "The most important thing is that this is something I really enjoy doing," she says. "I love creating songs people can connect to."

Thanks to Kayla Lynne for submitting the biography.

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Ashlee Simpson | Reviewer: Emma Dawson | 6/25/2008

Ashlee Simpson Does Not Deserve To Be Married To Pete Wentz And Especialy Have A Baby Pete Could Do So Much Better Pete Ime Always Here For You!!
Night Or Day ;)

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Call Me :]

Ashlee <3 | Reviewer: Henriette | 6/6/2007

I love her songs !
She is a great person and she is a very good singer. I hear so often I can . And everytime I hear her, I have to sing along.

I Talk abouy you LOT<3 | Reviewer: Anna | 4/27/2007

I Think that you're really nice person, And that you don't have time to do a new album. But would you do PLEASE! :) Thank You!

Wow | Reviewer: Trysh | 6/21/2006

As A Singer/Songwriter Myself, She Inspires Me To Write The Best I Can...
Her Lyrics Push Me To A Higher Plane Than Most Songwriters That I've Heard. I Love Her Music And I Hope That She'll Write More And Make Tons More Albums Cos I Couldn't Live Without Her Music! That Whole 'Saturday Night Live' Stuff Wasn't Her Fault And I Have Never Lost My Faith In Her.

okay | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/29/2005

she is an okay singer. I don't think she is all that great but i like some of her songs. So yeah i only think she is okay.

shes cool | Reviewer: a cool person | 11/24/2005

ok. even though she did get caught lipsynching. shes still a GREAT artist. and every singer lipsynch before, she just got caught. havent you noticed how after she got caught on SNL, every singers voice sounds a lot different from when they used to perform "live". everyone did it, she was just the one who got caught. remember that. she has a new album out named "i am me" and i love it i love the lyrics and the rhythem. there are some egreat songs. theyre relaly origanal. and i mean come on you think that like britney spears doesnt lipsynch or lindsey lohen? i mean COME ON! their voices arent even really and they dont have to be caught to know that their fake. lindsey lohan was an actress before too and her voice fake and TOTALLY computerized. ok well thats all i have to say. remember what i said. GO ASHLEE SIMSPON! BOO BS & LL.

can't tell how I... | Reviewer: $@/\/dY | 9/25/2005

Sorry but i just hate ashlee simpson!!! She's an imposter!!! come on!! how can you guys like her??? She's one of the worst singer I ever heard!!! Anyways I just hope that she will not do another cd

She's a keeper | Reviewer: Nathan | 8/11/2005

Hello! I just wanted to say that I adore everything about you. Your voice, your heart, and yes your looks :) Just about everything. If you ever read this I would like to tell you I love you so much and would do anything to meet you or talk to you. Keep up the good work! You're so gorgeous

WOW | Reviewer: katie | 2/25/2005

This is an ace album! Its nice to see a younger sister come into the spotlight. I got the album over here in England and havnt took it out of my CD player since!


hey there | Reviewer: amanda espinoza | 8/3/2004

hey there ashlee hi my name is amanda and i wanted to tell u hi cause im 18 and never had a childhood and i want to go on tour to see u perform i know that will never happen so anyways i love u alot and i hope u never have to change for noone exept your hair thats a good thing well until i see u hope u have a swell time from your career

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