Simpson later began writing and recording demos, in hopes of finding a record label.It was confirmed a month after the release of the Freaky Friday soundtrack that Simpson had signed with Geffen Records to release her debut studio album.Months later the two announced that Simpson was expecting a second child, and in July 2015 she gave birth to a baby girl.She is the daughter of Tina Ann (née Drew) and Joseph Truett "Joe" Simpson, a former psychologist and Baptist youth minister. Both Ashlee and Jessica attended Prairie Creek Elementary and North Junior High, located in Richardson, Texas where the girls were raised.The album's lead single, "Pieces of Me", became an instant hit in the United States.The song became a top five hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and topped the Mainstream Top 40 chart based on pop radio airplay.She later portrayed Roxie Hart in Chicago on Broadway.Simpson announced her separation from Wentz in 2011, citing irreconcilable differences.
The success of the single and her reality show helped propel her debut album, Autobiography (2004), to the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart.When Ashlee was three years old, she began studying classical ballet.She enrolled at the School of American Ballet in New York City when she was eleven, becoming the youngest person ever to be admitted into the school.While working on her debut studio album, Simpson became the star of her own spin-off reality series, The Ashlee Simpson Show (2004–05).
Like her sister before her, Simpson became the center of considerable media attention, much of which focused on her relationship with musician Ryan Cabrera.
Despite having taken time to focus on being a mother, Simpson announced a fourth studio album that same year.