Joe Truett Simpson was born on February 17th, 1958. Along with his parents, Curtis T. Simpson and Joyce Alice Adams, he spent his childhood in Texas. Joe married Tina Anne Drew and had two daughters. Daughter Jessica Ann Simpson was born in July of 1980 and daughter Ashlee Nicole Simpson was born in October of 1984. Joe was a youth minister at the church, Heights Baptist, where Jessica first began singing. After her record deal with a Christian label fell through, Joe's mother Joyce funded her demo album. When Jessica went on tour with the Christian Youth Conference, Joe stayed after the performances with her selling the demo. Eventually, the demo came into the hands of Tommy Motolla from Columbia Records who signed Jessica to a pop record deal.
After daughter Jessica got a recording contract, Joe stepped in as her manager. He was responsible for the idea of "Newlyweds," a reality showed based on Jessica and Nick's marriage. "Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica" was a huge success, and was responsible for catapulting Jessica into superstardom. "Newlyweds" received an average of 1.4 million viewers per episode, making it a commercial success for MTV as well. He then became manager to younger daughter, Ashlee and her one time boyfriend Ryan Cabrerra. Joe also worked with Ashlee on her reality TV show, "The Ashlee Simpson Show." Joe has said he wishes to find another young star to manage and perhaps work with on a new reality show.
Joe has been criticized many times for his behavior regarding his daughters. He made an infamous remark regarding the size of Jessica's breasts. He also has been accused of stopping paparazzi taking photographs of his daughter, instead pulling out his own camera, taking photos and selling them. Joe has also been accused of being too involved in his daughter's personal lives, going as far as setting up dates for Jessica and being involved in her marriage to Nick Lachey. It was hinted on the E! True Hollywood Story that his wife Tina was a member of his church youth group when he was the youth pastor, and he went on to date and marry her. It is also understood that Joe was responsible for Ashlee using a backing track during her performance on Saturday Night Live, in which she was revealed to be lip synching.
In addition to managing his three young stars, Joe is planning on opening a Daisy Duke themed restaurant. The restaurant is planned to open in Caesar's Palace in Vegas. The restaurant will serve BBQ and the wait staff would be dressed in short shorts, made famous by Daisy Duke and revived by Jessica's appearance in the film "The Dukes of Hazzard."
In 2005, Joe founded his own record label, Papa Joe Records. In November of 2006, Jessica began filming "Blonde Ambition" in Shreveport, Louisiana. Joe is producing the film which is said to be a cross between "Pretty Woman" and "Working Girl." Joe also was a producer on Jessica's last film, "Employee of the Month," which opened in October of 2006.
Joe also created a reality television program, "Filthy Rich: Cattle Drive," a reality show which appeared on E! Television. It was not a rating success. You may find more Jessica Simpson News here and we also have a Jessica Simpson Forum for you to enjoy.