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  9 Jan 2019

Ashlee Simpson hadn’t released music in a decade, all but fully disappearing from public eye to raise her two children, before she and husband Evan Ross (son of icon Diana Ross) shared their first single together in the fall of 2018 — the breezy “I Do.”

But for the singer, who rose to pop prominence in 2004 thanks to her rock-tinged debut LP “Autobiography” and singles “Pieces of Me,” “Shadow” and “La La”; an early ‘aughts foil to older sister Jessica Simpson’s polished presentation and bubblegum love songs — it was like riding a bike.

That ease and familiarity is everywhere on the couple’s debut, duets EP “Ashlee + Evan” (released last October). The six-track collection — which the pair introduced through its E! reality series of the same name — was clearly written by lovers, for lovers. Ranging from cozy, guitar-driven, singer-songwriter tracks like “Safe Zone” and “Home” to the more R&B flavored, flirty “Paris” and “Tonic,” Simpson and Ross have found a way to reintroduce themselves — together.

Embarking on a month-long tour that recently kicked off in New York City, Ashlee + Evan perform at Lincoln Hall Saturday night.

“The fear has been getting back into it,” Simpson admits on a call with her husband from Los Angeles.

That fear was highlighted on the show, with Simpson vocal about her concerns regarding the public’s reception and perception, particularly after infamous (though widely overblown) stumbles like her 2004 “Saturday Night Live” performance and third album “Bittersweet World”’s less than stellar debut compared to previous albums.

“For me, at the end of the day, the only person who has to be proud of me is myself. I’ve had different moments in my career, I’m always my toughest critic — and now, being a mom is first. But I do love music, I’ve always loved making music, so this is a great time for me to do what I love and actually enjoy it. I think this project with my husband – it’s just been fun to do this together and explore different sounds and musical freedoms. Evan has definitely helped me with that – to let go and have fun and just make music again.”

Simpson and Ross married in 2014, and had been singing together since they first started dating. They agree they always wanted to record together, but something would always manage to distract.

“I got pregnant,” she laughs. “Evan was on a show or had started a movie. When he finished last season of “Star” (the Lee Daniels’ created Fox series), he came home and we were like ‘Ok let’s sit down and really do this.’ We really took the time to focus on what it would sound like, how we would work together, what the feel would be.”

That feel, according to Ross, was something classic — like the duets albums of the ‘60s and ‘70s: 1973’s “Diana & Marvin,” one of his favorites of his mother’s albums, and Sonny & Cher’s “Look at Us;” mixed with modern influences the couple initially bonded over such as Sade and Erykah Badu. Working with Earth, Wind & Fire’s Verdine White, the instruments and vocals were recorded live on analog tape to capture a warmer, richer sound.

“We had written a bunch of the songs and he really took over in an amazing way,” Ross says of White’s production input. “He brought us to a studio he loves and he’d be playing to the music — they’d be in the studio all night. They cut everything in a week’s time, while Earth, Wind & Fire was on tour. He’s been at rehearsal every day, he’s so supportive. It’s amazing. He’s become such an important part of this project and a great friend.”

The duo’s pending release turned out to be the driving force behind choosing to collaborate with E! to document the recording process for television. Acting as executive producers, Ross and Simpson didn’t shy away from including creative disagreements — but ultimately wanted the show to emphasize the message of love and positivity they were communicating musically by side-stepping the drama for inclusion of their families and children: daughter Jagger and Simpson’s son Bronx (from her first marriage to Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz).

“All that stuff’s real. We didn’t want it to feel like everything was always perfect, there were definitely struggles, but it was specific. We wanted it to be where we could release a song an episode (six songs for six episodes) – you know? Keep it short.” Ross says.

“It has to serve a purpose,” Simpson interjects. “We’re not gonna do a show that’s just there – there has to be a reason.”

There have been conversations about a possible second season, as the couple is working on “part two” of “Ashlee + Evan” the EP — which is set to include a song co-written with Ross’ famous mother.

“My mom had been excited about us doing this for a long time. Even before we got started, she’d be like ‘When are you guys doing an album? When?’ She knew from the beginning, when I would send her stuff of us singing together,” he explains. “She thought it was such a special idea – writing songs with the person you love and putting that in the world. Especially the way the world is right now.”

Ross says he leaned on both his mother and his wife for insights into the recording industry, as “Ashlee + Evan” marks his first foray into music professionally.

“She gives advice, not so much on the writing process, but she’s been helpful preparing for these performances coming up,” he continues, regarding his mother’s support. “I’ve been sending her footage from rehearsals and things, so she can see it right there and give us points on how to give your energy all the way to the back of the room. She’s such an amazing performer. But she’s always been really helpful with the actual business of the music industry as far as taking care of yourself and making sure you don’t get taken advantage of and things like that. In that sense, she’s helped a lot.”

While this venture has become a true “family project,” the couple knows the spotlight on this go-around will ultimately be on Simpson’s return.

“We’re both working on solo albums now and maybe they’ll sound different from what we made together, but I want to share this music with people who have been waiting to hear what I was gonna do or not,” she says. “Of course in the live set, I’ll do ‘Pieces,’ ‘Boyfriend,’ ‘L.O.V.E.’ and ‘La La.’ Going into rehearsal and revisiting those songs after this many years has been awesome. It’s been so fun.”

Ross agrees: “We’re learning new stuff about each other through getting on this tour. We work differently, but we work well together. I had never gotten to see Ashlee really perform, especially her older hits. And, I mean, just watching that and her performance of those songs is incredible.”

Source : ChicagoTribune.com




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