Jessica Simpson's 'authentic' record

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Jessica Simpson

Jessica Simpson's 'authentic' record

Jessica Simpson should "work hard and be authentic", says country singer Jewel.

Jewel - who has sold over 27 million albums worldwide - advised Jessica, 28, to "be true" to herself when her debut country record hits stores in September.

She said: "I really like Jessica. She's always been such a sweet, sweet person. If I were going to give her any advice, I would say work hard and be authentic. Be true to who you are.

"The thing about country music is its fans have an excellent authenticity meter. They can spot bulls**t a mile away. Anyone who comes to country music just to dabble in it, or who doesn't know it or respect it as a genre and respect its history and tradition, is not going to make it."

Jessica recently revealed the record is not just a passing phase, and she wants to sing country music for "the rest" of her life.

She said: "I'm planning on making country music for the rest of my life, and I don't want to go back to that other world.

"I take a lot of pride in my talent and in the record I was able to put together. I'm not giving up."

It was recently revealed Jessica's as-yet-untitled LP will be released in the US on September 9.

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