2005-11-04 / Community

Ashlee Simpson At NorthFork Theatre November 20

Ashlee Simpson is set to take the stage on Long Island for one night only with special guest Barefoot at the North Fork Theatre at Westbury on Sunday, November 20 at 7 p.m.

The show will take place a month after the release of her sophomore album “I Am Me,” which comes out in stores tomorrow.

At 21 years old, Ashlee Simpson is still just beginning her journey as a musical artist, 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, Ashlee made immediate national impact last year when her single “Pieces of Me” took the music world by storm and her 2004 debut CD Autobiography entered the charts at #1. Now, with her latest work in tow she reveals explosive growth as both a singer and songwriter.

The new CD explores dark themes while making sure to keep it lively and fun. 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.” The opening track is the premiere hit single entitled “Boyfriend.”

The album journeys through many emotions with a variety of styles including songs such as the reggae-flavored “Burnin’ Up” as well as the hip-hop influenced “L.O.V.E.” the straight up girl’s night out party anthem.

Ashlee was born in Waco, Texas and was raised in Dallas by 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, with her first television appearance on “Malcolm in the Middle.” She has 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. Then when 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. 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.

The debut also featured the tongue-in-cheek hit “LaLa” and family tale “Shadow.” Ashlee is now happily anticipating the release of “I Am Me” and is excited to introduce her new music LIVE to fans as she begins her tour.

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