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She might be the younger sister of superstar Jessica Simpson, but don't confuse their tastes or style when it comes to music. Waco, TX-born Ashlee Simpson always loved music. At age 11 she was the youngest person ever admitted into the School of American Ballet. At 14 she moved with her parents and older sister to Los Angeles and spent time dancing in Jessica's stage show. Appearances on Malcolm in the Middle and The View lead to a regular role on the television show Seventh Heaven but Ashlee's heart was set on a music career. One of her songs, "Just Let Me Cry", landed on the Freaky Friday soundtrack in 2003 and Ashlee continued work on her rocking and punky demos when Seventh Heaven wasn't in production. Geffen was impressed and released her debut album, Autobiography, in 2004 as MTV was debuting Ashlee's own reality show.

Ashlee Nicole Simpson (born October 3, 1984) is an American singer, actress and the younger sister of singer Jessica Simpson. She rose to major prominence in mid-2004, when her first album debuted at number one in sales, accompanied by a successful reality show.

Simpson, the daughter of Joe and Tina Simpson, was born and raised in Texas. While her sister, four years older than her, displayed an early talent for singing, Ashlee danced from an early age and was admitted to the School of American Ballet in New York City at age 11.1 She has said that the first CD she ever bought was Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill (released in 1995), but that her mother did not like for her to listen to it because it included profanity, and would not allow her to go to one of Morissette's concerts, even though she had tickets.

Her sister Jessica achieved success in pop music in 1999 with her song "I Wanna Love You Forever" and the album Sweet Kisses, and Ashlee became a dancer in Jessica's concerts. Turning to acting, she appeared in an episode of the TV sitcom Malcolm in the Middle and had a minor role in the 2002 movie The Hot Chick, a comedy starring Rob Schneider. She played the character Cecilia on the television show 7th Heaven from 2002 until the beginning of her singing career in 2004, at which point she said that she would no longer regularly play the role.

Simpson sought a career in music, however, and she recorded a song, "Just Let Me Cry," for the soundtrack to the 2003 movie Freaky Friday. This was a prelude to her first album, Autobiography, which was released in the U.S. on July 20, 2004 by Geffen Records. Simpson received credit for cowriting each of the 12 songs on the album, a blend of rock and pop with lyrics based on Simpson's relationships and feelings. Autobiography debuted at number one in its first week, selling over 398,000 copies, and remained at number one for three of the first four weeks following its release. It quickly went platinum, and its sales compare favorably even to the past sales of Jessica's albums, none of which have ever reached number one.
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Autobiography was preceded by its first single, the popular hit "Pieces of Me," which was written about Simpson's relationship with Ryan Cabrera, her boyfriend at the time. The second single, "Shadow," is a somewhat darker song that was written about Simpson's feelings of living in the shadow of her older sister, but it has a positive message, as she describes finding her own identity.

Simpson and the beginnings of her music career were the subject of The Ashlee Simpson Show, a successful reality show on MTV. She had previously occasionally appeared on Newlyweds, an already successful reality show about the married life of Jessica and her husband Nick Lachey, and The Ashlee Simpson Show aired in the timeslot just after it. The show ran in the U.S. for eight weekly episodes from June 16 until August 4, 2004 and helped to establish recognition for Ashlee. It dealt with the process of writing songs, recording in the studio, and performing live, as well as with aspects of Simpson's personal life. She has said there will be a second season of The Ashlee Simpson Show in the future.

Ashlee has a somewhat different, more rock-oriented image than that of her sister. Previously blonde like Jessica, she dyed her hair dark during the recording of the reality show (in the fifth episode), after she had finished filming for 7th Heaven, although she has said that the change of hair color was not intended to distinguish herself from Jessica.

Ashlee's songs also have rock elements absent from her sister's music, and she has cited Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders and Joan Jett as influences. She often wears shirts with "punk"-style designs, such as displaying the names of bands, and typically has her fingernails painted black. Notably, she has refused to discuss her sex life, in contrast to Jessica, who had, prior to her marriage, openly stated her intention to remain a virgin until then. Ashlee also has a tattoo of a star on her left wrist, which she got after the release of her album.

Simpson tours with a backing band, which consists of Ray Brady (guitar), Braxton Olita (guitar), Zach Kennedy (bass guitar), and Chris Fox (drums). On September 29, 2004, she announced on her website that the band would be named "Ashlee Simpson and Submission," taking the name from the fact that they had received so many submissions of proposals for the name.

Simpson's relationship with Josh Henderson, who had previously appeared on Popstars 2, lasted about two years and ended during the first episode of The Ashlee Simpson Show. Soon she began her relationship with Ryan Cabrera, a musician who also released his debut album in 2004; this relationship also featured in the reality show (particularly in episodes three and four), and Simpson appeared in the music video for Cabrera's song "On the Way Down." The two were reported to have split up in August 2004 due to their busy schedules, but they are still sometimes seen together, and some have speculated that they may still have a relationship or may resume one. In October 2004, they did a series of concerts at high schools together.