Jessica Simpson Wows the Crowd in Brandon

By Mitch Traphagen (

BRANDON - MTV star and pop princess Jessica Simpson gave a five-minute performance and signed autographs at the Burdines store in Brandon on November 15. Teenagers and more than a few adults packed the Tommy Jeans juniors department of the store to catch a glimpse of the 23-year-old pop star while a security contingent, far in excess of even a gubernatorial visit, kept order. Fans created a long line stretching into the parking lot for autographs.

Simpson was on tour to promote her new album, In This Skin, and was sponsored by Tommy Hilfiger and Tommy Jeans. "I am very excited about meeting my fans and making a connection with young people on this tour," said Simpson. In addition to her career as a recording artist, Simpson also stars with her husband Nick Lachey in the MTV reality series Newlyweds.

Pictured above, Simpson performs a tune from her new album. Pictured below, a fan appears to be excited to get an autograph from Simpson.

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