Jessica Simpson is headed to Nashville to record a country album. Her movie career has hit the skids after "Employee of the Month" whimpered at the office, "Blonde Ambition" is basically going straight to DVD, and her next film, "Major Movie Star", is likely going straight to DVD.
She told Billboard:
"I am a country girl," she says. "I grew up in Texas, and country music was what I listened to. I always wanted to make a country album, but I wanted to wait until the time was right."
"I think there is a strength in female country artists," Simpson adds, citing Martina McBride, Shania Twain, Faith Hill and Reba McEntire as some of her inspirations.
Asked what has surprised her most since starting the follow-up to 2006's "A Public Affair," Simpson says, "Nashville is a very warm city. The people are friendly and kind. There is a sense of community, which thrives on music. There is no animosity ... only respect for one another's talent."