I have to say Jessica Simpson is one of my favourite artists having had a career spanning an impressive 5 studio albums in addition to her 2 holiday albums. She took to Instagram yesterday to show off her new home studio in the process teasing that she could have started working on new material.
In anticipation of what’s to come here’s a look at her career so far.
American singer Jessica Simpson shot to fame with her debut album “Sweet Kisses” and the first single “I Wanna Love You Forever” showed Simpson’s amazing voice and heartfelt emotion on this ballad. The single “I Think I’m In love” was an upbeat pop song that showed Simpson’s voice could adapt to a simple pop song but compared to her first single wasn’t vocally challenging like her first. The third single “Where You Are” featured Nick Lachey, who she was dating and would later be her husband, both singing on this emotional ballad between two lovers and reminded people of Jessica’s amazing voice. The album “Sweet Kisses” features ballads and up tempos which shows Jessica’s soprano range at its best.
Second album “Irresistible” saw Jessica arrive with a more mature sound that was of an R&B mix with pop. Irresistible was the first song to be released and saw Jessica vamp up her image to compete with other singers who’s music career was more popular by their image than their music. The album is filled with ballads and one Jessica dueted with Marc Anthony called “There You Were” showcasing powerful belts with emotional lyrics that give this song a believable story to the listener. Jessica’s voice really is at its powerful on the last track of the album which is “His Eye Is On The Sparrow”. Her emotional soul filled voice blends effortlessly when switching ranges in her voice and her upper belts show tremendous strength with ease.
Third Album “In This Skin” showed Jessica’s song writing skills and also coincided with the reality show “Newlyweds”that would document Jessica’s married life with Nick Lachey. The song “With You” spoke of a personal message when your with the someone who you know will be there for you. Other songs on the album are “Angels” originally written and performed by Robbie Williams and “Take My Breath Away” recorded and released by “Berlin”. Both songs feature Jessica’s range and powerful belts.
Fourth album “Public Affair” features heartfelt emotion especially when Nick and Jessica announced they were divorcing. On the track “Let Him Fly” Jessica is honest in her singing and gives the public an insight into her feelings and emotions at that time. Another track “Public Affair” is an upbeat pop song that was released the day before Jessica’s divorce was finalised and the video features a host of celebrities with a comedy skit plot line. Jessica Lends her vocals to “You Spin Me Round(Like A Record)” an original song by the band dead or alive. The album showcases a mixture of a mature pop with dance elements.
Fifth album “Do You Know” changed Jessica’s sound dramatically. Originating from Texas Jessica was driven to go back to her roots which was a “Country” sound. The album featured honest lyrics and this was showcased on the single “Come On Over”. Jessica received some negative feedback as people were quick to question was she really a “Country Artist” as regarding her previous material. Jessica was quoted”I don’t know what your perception is of Jessica Simpson or what tabloid you buy, but I just want you to know that I’m just a girl from Texas”. I think this was a brave move to create an album Jessica wanted to create as she could of stuck to the “pop” route and played it safe.
Jessica has also recorded two “Holiday” albums featuring classic carols and hymns which can be found and listened on “Rejoice: The Christmas Album” and “Happy Christmas” both showing Jessica’s vocal colours and textures on each song. Two perfect holiday albums that will get you into the Christmas spirit and will remind you of some popular hymns and carols that maybe you heard, when growing up.
Jessica Simpson is not only a gifted vocalist but she is an actress, fashion designer and business mogul as well as a mother to two children and a wife to Eric Johnson. If her Instagram is an indication she’s recording her sixth studio album then I’m really excited to hear the direction and sound this talented lady will present to us.