Jessica Simpson Is Going Country

Jessica Simpson

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updated 09/11/2007 AT 8:00 AM ET

originally published 09/11/2007 AT 9:00 AM ET

Jessica Simpson is ready to add another accessory to her always-stylish look – a cowboy hat.

The singer is “talking about doing a country record and going back to her roots, being from Texas,” Jessica’s father and manager, Joe Simpson, told PEOPLE at Hard Rock Hotel’s Rolling Stone party in Las Vegas.

“Everything in our business is about beats and I think she really wants to sing,” he said, “and country music still believes in that.”

Simpson, 27, recently finished filming Major Movie Star and is turning her thoughts back to her music. Her last album, 2006’s “Public Affair,” hit the Top 20, but quickly fell off the charts.

“She’s a singer from top to bottom,” Joe Simpson said. “And everything in the music business, especially pop music, has moved away from singers. And I think country is the the only pure, storytelling kind of genre left.”

On whether she will be accepted among country fans, he said, “She’s from Texas. How could she not?”


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