Jesse McCartney
Birth name Jesse McCartney
Born April 9, 1987 (age 24)

Ardsley, New York,

genre Pop, R&B, pop rock, dance-pop
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, actor, voice actor
Years active 1998–present


Jesse McCartney (born April 9, 1987) is an American singer-songwriter and voice actor. McCartney achieved fame in late 1990s on the soap opera All My Children as Adam Chandler, Jr. JR Chandler, then later joined boy band Dream Street. He branched into a solo career, having appeared in the television series Summerland, The Suite Life of Marissa and Miranda, and as a recurring character in the ABC Family series Greek.

Early Life Edit

McCartney was born to Ginger and Scott McCartney in Westchester, New York. He is of no relation to singer Paul McCartney. He began performing in local community musicals at the age of seven, before joining the national tour of The King and I at age ten along with Phil of the Future star Ricky Ullman. Here he played the character of Louis. In 1998 he sang with the group Sugar Beats and can be heard on their 1998, 1999, and 2000 CD releases.[1]

Music Career Edit

1999–2002: Dream Street Edit

In 1999, McCartney joined the American pop boy band Dream Street, and was a member until 2002. Jesse McCartney has described the experience as a good "stepping stone" for his solo career.[2] The group earned a gold record with their debut CD. At fifteen, he began work on a solo career with a local band, featuring musicians Dillon Kondor (guitar), Peter Chema (bass), Katie Spencer (keyboards), Alex Russeku (drums), Karina LaGravinese (background vocals), Sharisse Francisco (background vocals), and under the management of Ginger McCartney and Sherry Goffin Kondor, who co-produced his first album, Beautiful Soul.

McCartney released his first solo EP in July 2003. The album featured three songs: "Beautiful Soul", "Don't You", "Why Don't You Kiss Her". In 2004, he performed a duet with Anne Hathaway, "Don't Go Breaking My Heart", which is featured on the Ella Enchanted soundtrack.

2004–2006: Beautiful Soul and Right Where You Want Me Edit


McCartney's debut solo album, Beautiful Soul, which was two years in the making, was released on September 28, 2004 in the United States and over a year later in Europe.[3] He categorized it as a "pop record" with twists of urban.[4] The album featured four songs that he co-wrote.[5] Beautiful Soul reached number 15 on the Billboard 200.[6] The album has been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, denoting over one million units of shipment to US retailers; it is his highest-certified album as of early 2009.[7] As of mid-2006, the album had sold more than 1.5 million copies.[5] The album's lead single of the same name reached number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100.[8] McCartney was one of the artist with multiple awards at the 2005 Teen Choice Awards, winning Choice Crossover Artist, Choice Male Artist and Choice Breakout, Male.[9] The following year, he won Favorite Male Singer at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards.[5]

His first headlining tour, also named Beautiful Soul, began on May 2, 2005 at the Crest Theatre in Sacramento, California.[4] The United States portion of the tour spanned 56 stops, ending on September 10, 2005 at the Madera District County Fair in Madera, California. In the fall of 2005, McCartney toured Australia, and opened for the Backstreet Boys in Europe in the summer of 2005. His July 9 performance at California's Great America in Santa Clara, California was recorded, released as Live: The Beautiful Soul Tour in November 2005.[3]

He has contributed to numerous Disney soundtracks including Disneymania 2, Radio Disney Jingle Jams, A Cinderella Story, That's So Raven, Stuck in the Suburbs, Disneymania 3, Sydney White, Radio Disney Jams, Vol. 7, Radio Disney Jams, Vol. 8, DisneyMania 4, Hannah Montana, Radio Disney: Party Jams, That's So Raven Too! and Radio Disney Jams, Vol. 9.

After the filming of Keith wrapped, McCartney began working on his second album, Right Where You Want Me, co-writing all but one of the songs featured in it.[5][10] Right Where You Want Me is more mature than his debut, reflecting his musical and personal growth since he recorded his debut album at age 15.[3] Released by Hollywood Records on September 19, 2006, the album reached number 14 on the Billboard 200.[6] The lead single of the album, "Right Where You Want Me", began receiving airplay on July 11, 2006. Although he did not launch a full tour, he did various promotional shows in Italy and the United States.

2007–2009: Songwriting and Departure Edit

In the fall of 2007, McCartney co-wrote the hit song "Bleeding Love" with Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic, produced by McCartney and Tedder for McCartney's third album, but gave it away to English singer Leona Lewis for her debut album, Spirit. The song was nominated for Record of the Year at the 2009 Grammy Awards.[11] McCartney recorded his own version, which was released on some editions of his Departure album.

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McCartney released his third album, Departure, on May 20, 2008 in the United States and Canada. Musically, it is a departure from his early works, showcasing more mature themes.[12] The album has reached number 14 on the Billboard 200.[6]

The album's lead single, "Leavin'", was released in March 2008, and reached number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, giving McCartney his highest-charting single to date.[8] The single was certified platinum by the RIAA, selling over two million downloads on iTunes, becoming McCartney's highest-certified single as of early 2009.[7] The second single, "It's Over", was released on August 26, 2008, and reached #62 on the Hot 100. McCartney promoted Departure on a co-headlining tour with Jordin Sparks, which began in August 2008 and ended in September. He also did solo shows at theaters and small venues to support the album while on tour with Sparks. McCartney's 2008 summer tourmate, American Idol season six winner Jordin Sparks, approached him to write some material for her.[13]

McCartney re-released Departure on April 7, 2009. The re-release, Departure: Recharged, featured four new songs: "Body Language", "Oxygen", "Crash & Burn" and "In My Veins". The re-release also features a remix of "How Do You Sleep?" with rapper-actor Ludacris. The third single from the album was released from the re-release and was the remix of "How Do You Sleep?". It was much more successful than the second single, reaching #26 on the Hot 100, The fourth and final single from the album was also released from the re-release and was a new version of "Body Language" featuring T-Pain. The single peaked at #10 on the Billboard Dance/Club Songs in its 13th week and rose up.[6]

2010–present: Have It All Edit

McCartney stated that his fourth album will have a similar sound to Departure but will be more R&B and urban-influenced than his third album. In March 2010, it was announced that Sean Garrett produced three songs for the project.

It was confirmed through McCartney's Twitter account that the album finished recording and production on August 13, 2010. He also confirmed August 16, 2010 that the first single is titled "Shake", which is playable on Tap Tap Revenge for iPhone & iPod Touch since September 6, 2010. The single was released through Digital Download on September 21, 2010[14] and debuted at #90 on the Billboard Hot 100. After three release date changes, the most recent being December 28, 2010, 'Have It All' will now be released in early 2011. On December 3, McCartney said in an interview with Crash from Kiss 95.1, "I’ve been in the studio for the last three or four weeks and came up with some stuff that people are kind of excited about, so we're gonna hold off and wait till the new year and hopefully give the fans some extra material since they have to wait".

Other Ventures Edit

Acting Career Edit

McCartney appeared with The Who's Roger Daltrey in A Christmas Carol at Madison Square Garden. From 1998–2001, McCartney played Adam Chandler, Jr. in the ABC soap opera All My Children, a role for which he earned two Young Artist Awards and two Daytime Emmy Award nominations.[15] He also later starred in the short-lived series Summerland, which aired on The WB for two seasons, playing orphaned teenager Bradin Westerly.

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In 2005, McCartney appeared as himself in the Disney Channel show, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody. In 2007, he starred as himself in the Disney Channel show, Hannah Montana.In 2008, McCartney was also featured as the voice of Horton Hears A Who!'s JoJo McDodd. McCartney also voiced Theodore in the 2007 film Alvin and the Chipmunks and the 2009 film Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, in addition to voicing Terence in the 2008 film Tinker Bell. He also voices Robin in the Young Justice series.

In 2008, McCartney co-starred along with Elisabeth Harnois in an independent teenage drama feature film, Keith, directed by Todd Kessler. It is his movie debut, and features McCartney in the title role. Keith was released on September 19, 2008.

According to Entertainment Weekly in December 2008, McCartney was negotiating to play against type in the role of the Fire Nation's Prince Zuko in M. Night Shyamalan's feature film adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender.[16] In February 2009, British actor Dev Patel replaced McCartney, whose tour dates conflicted with a boot camp scheduled for the cast to train in martial arts.[17] McCartney has expressed an interest in directing and producing films and even considered enrolling in a film school.[18]

McCartney appeared as a recurring character in the ABC Family series Greek for several episodes playing a star football talent who joins Kappa Tau. His character eventually decides to depledge the fraternity after citing pressures between football and Greek life combined with Rusty stealing his girlfriend Jordan.

McCartney also worked in several installments of the Square Enix video game series Kingdom Hearts. He was featured as Roxas in Kingdom Hearts 2 in 2006, and reprised the role in 2009 in Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days. He also provided the voice work for Ventus, a character in the video game of the same series Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep.

McCartney confirmed in early February 2011 via twitter and on the website that he will have a major role on the new Fox pilot "Locke and Key". McCartney is currently in Pittsburgh filming the show.

During the Summer 2011, McCartney will introdue a new women's fragrance called Wanted By Jesse. The fragrance will be sold in Sephora, Kohl's and Wal-mart.[19]

Philanthropy Edit

In 2005, McCartney participated in "Come Together Now", a charity single to benefit the victims of the 2004 Asian Tsunami and the 2005 Hurricane Katrina.

Later in 2005, McCartney signed on as an official supporter of Little Kids Rock,[20] a nonprofit organization that provides free musical instruments and instruction to children in underserved public schools throughout the U.S.A. He sits on LKR's Honorary Board of Directors.

He has donated proceeds of his 2005 tour for disaster relief, recorded radio spots promoting the "Kids For A Drug-Free America" campaign, is a spokesperson for the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and is involved in the charity SPACE, which was co-founded by a childhood friend of his mother's. McCartney performed at the Hope Rocks concert in 2005 to benefit the City of Hope Cancer Center.[21] He appeared in the Concert for Hope October 25, 2009 with fellow Disney stars Miley Cyrus and Demi Lovato.[22]

Filmography Edit

Films Edit

Year Title Role Notes
2001 The Pirates of Central Park Simon Baskin
2001 Dream Street Live Himself Concert Film
2002 The Biggest Fan Himself
2005 Pizza Justin Bridges
2005 Jesse McCartney Up Close Himself Documentary Film
2005 Jesse McCartney Live: The Beautiful Soul Tour Himself Concert Film
2007 Alvin and the Chipmunks Theodore Voice
2008 Horton Hears a Who! JoJo Voice
2008 Unstable Fables: 3 Pigs and a Baby Lucky Voice
2008 Keith Keith Zetterstrom
2008 Tinker Bell Terence Voice
2009 Jesse Mccartney: Live at the House Blues Sunset Strip Himself Concert film
2009 Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure Terence Voice
2009 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel Theodore Voice
2010 Beware the Gonzo Gavin Reilly
2010 Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue Terence Voice
2011 The Clockwork Girl Huxley Voice
2011 Tinker Bell and the Mysterious Winter Woods Terence Voice

Television Edit

Year Title Role Notes
All My Children JR Chandler Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Daytime Series by a Young Actor
Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Daytime Series by a Supporting Young Actor
Nominated – Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Child Actor
Nominated – Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series (2001, 2002)
Nominated – Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Soap Opera by a Young Actor
2000 Law & Order Danny Driscoll "Thin Ice" (Season 11, episode 8)
2002 The Strange Legacy of Cameron Cruz Cameron Cruz
2004 What I Like About You Himself "The Not-So Simple Life" (Season 3, 3)
Summerland Bradin Westerly Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actor: Drama
2005 The Suite Life of Zack & Cody Himself "Rock Star in the House" (Season 1, episode 17)
2005 Punk'd Himself 2 episodes
2006-2008 The Suite Life of Marissa and Miranda Trevor King Main Role
2006 Celebrity Duets Himself Musical Performer
2006 Schooled Himself Musical Performer
2006 All My Children Himself Musical Performer
2007 Hannah Montana Himself "When You Wish You Were the Star" (Season 2, episode 12)
2008 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Himself "The Gilyeat Family" (Season 5, episode 16)
2008 Dance on Sunset Himself Musical performer
2008 Dancing with the Stars Himself Musical Performer
2008 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Max Matarazzo "Babes" (Season 10, episode 6)
2008 New Year's Rocking Eve Himself Musical Performer
2009 The Suite Life on Wings Trevor King Episode: Trevor on Wings
2009 Greek Andy "Take Me Home, Cyprus Rhodes" (Season 2, episode 11)
"From Rushing with Love" (Season 2, episode 12)
"Engendered Species" (Season 2, episode 13)
"Big Littles and Jumbo Shrimp" (Season 2, episode 14)
"Evasive Actions" (Season 2, episode 15)
"Guilty Treasures" (Season 2, episode 17)
2010 An Evening of Stars: Tribute to Lionel Ritchie Himself Musical Performer
Young Justice Robin / Dick Grayson Voice
2011 Locke and Key Ty Locke Pilot Episode

Video Games Edit

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Kingdom Hearts II Roxas
2008 The Hardy Boys: The Hidden Theft Frank Hardy
2009 Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days Roxas
2010 Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Ventus
2010 Kingdom Hearts Re:coded Roxas

Discography Edit

Main article: Jesse McCartney discography

Tours Edit

Awards and Nominations Edit

  • 1998: Nomination: Grammy Award for Best Children's Album (for How Sweet It Is as part of the Sugar Beats)
  • 2001: Nomination: Soap Opera Digest Award – Outstanding Child Actor
  • 2001: Nomination: Daytime Emmy – Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series
  • 2002: Won: Young Artist Award – Best performance in a Daytime TV Series – Young Actor
  • 2002: Nomination: Daytime Emmy – Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series
  • 2005: Won: Teen Choice Awards – Choice Male Artist[9]
  • 2005: Won: Teen Choice Awards – Choice Breakout Artist – Male[9]
  • 2005: Won: Teen Choice Awards – Choice Crossover Artist[9]
  • 2005: Nomination: MTV Video Music Awards – Best Pop Video for "Beautiful Soul"
  • 2005: Won: Radio Disney Music Awards – Best Song to Put on Repeat
  • 2005: Nomination: American Music Awards – Best New Artist
  • 2005: Won: Radio Disney Music Awards – Best Karaoke Song
  • 2005: Won: Radio Disney Music Awards – Best Male Singer
  • 2006: Won: Kids Choice Awards Award – Favorite Male Singer[5]
  • 2006: Won: TRL Awards Italy – Best "Tear" Award
  • 2007: Nomination: Kids Choice Awards Award Italy – Best International Artist
  • 2007: Nomination: TRL Awards Italy – Best Male Singer
  • 2007: Nomination: TRL Awards Italy – Best Video for "Just So You Know"
  • 2007: Nomination: Kids Choice Awards Award – Favorite Male Singer
  • 2007: Won: Radio Disney Music Awards – Best Male Singer
  • 2008: Nomination: TRL Awards Italy – Man of the Year
  • 2008: Nomination: Teen Choice Awards – Choice Male Artist
  • 2008: Nomination: Teen Choice Awards – Choice Most Fanatic Fans
  • 2008: Nomination: Teen Choice Awards – Choice Summer Song (Leavin')
  • 2009: Won: Kids Choice Awards – Best Male Singer
  • 2009: Nomination: Teen Choice Awards – Choice Love Song (How Do You Sleep?)
  • 2009: Won: 26th Annual ASCAP Pop Music Award – Song of the Year (Songwriter for Leona Lewis' "Bleeding Love")
  • 2010: Won: Kids Choice Awards – Best Movie (Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel)
  • 2010: Won: Giffoni Award – Giffoni Film Festival

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