Getting to know Jessica Simpson’s emotional side: Seen in the City!

Jessica Simpson gave country music insiders a peak into her life as a now country singer last Thursday at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville. She performed five songs from her album, Do You Know, in an intimate setting. It was respectfully quiet in the room of about 200 insiders; it almost felt like the Bluebird.

Kix Brooks stood in the back of the small room wearing a baseball hat, while celebrity hairstylist Ken Pavis stayed near the front. Kix shook hands with her and snapped a photo after the show.

When Jessica approached the stage you tell she was nervous, her voice quivered as she warned that she might throw up.

“Thank you so much for coming and for giving me a chance. I hope you get to experience what my heart’s been going through the last few years,” she explained before going into Come On Over.

She also told the audience that she might break into tears because “I do feel at home on this stage, and I thank you for giving me a chance.” Explaining that she gets emotional because her heart is open to all of us. Her eyes did fill with tears throughout most of the show, but she kept her composure as she shared personal stories (with a strong southern accent) between each song.

After singing her first country single, she introduced Remember That, by saying the song has sparked questions as to whether she had been abused. Jessica added that she wants women to be encouraged by the song.

Her Dad (who once was a preacher) was watching from the soundboard, while her mother stood close by. Jessica referenced how her family would pray out loud, before going into the song titled just that, Pray Out Loud. Afterwards, I talked to her Dad who explained he was getting teary eyed during the show as well.

Jessica touched on her love life before singing Sippin’ on History. This is about “a love of my life that could have been a fairy tale, but I had another fairy tale awaiting me.” Hmmm… who do you think she is talking about?

Jessica asked the audience why country music is so sad and recalled messing up Dolly Parton‘s song 9 to 5, at the Kennedy Center. She said she and Dolly exchanged phone numbers and when Jessica came to town she called Dolly up.

“I got to stand in her chapel and pray and I loved it because there was a hair salon next to the chapel!” (I think she was talking about Trim).

Jessica was backed by a handful of musicians, including songwriters Hillary Lindsey & Brett James- both who have worked with Carrie Underwood numerous times.

Jessica said they were the first songwriters she collaborated with in Nashville and that she was worried, at first, that they would share her personal life with the media. “They might call” eh? I’m still trying to find those numbers on my phone (tee-hee). She caught her faux pas and corrected it.

There was no outside photographers allowed, but after the show she hung out, gave hugs, shook hands and took pictures (even with me).

Guests were treated to an open bar and a few southern snacks, like grit cakes and fried green tomatoes.

Jessica closed out the listening party by saying, “I didn’t throw up” and plugged the album release date on the 9th. She made reference to lucky number 9 (Tony Romo‘s #) and said she may have another album by 9-9-09.

Her album hits store shelves Tuesday and she will be on Good Morning America in the morning to kick it off.

The blonde bombshell also made her Grand Ole Opry debut Saturday night with Loretta Lynn and Patty Loveless. She sang Come on Over, Remember That and Sippin’ on History in a very low cut black dress. Wowza!

She had reservations at Ruth’s Chris Steak House for a large group after her Opry debut. The restaurant held her spot that was for thirty minutes after they close, no word if she ever showed up.

A Stephinthecity reader says she was spotted staying at Loews Vanderbilt hotel Friday night . If you see any celebs out and about let me know!

Among those pictured- Jessica Simpson, Heather Byrd, Stephanie Langston (me) and a slew of fabulous media ladies.


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