Jesse McCartney

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Jesse McCartney
Paparazzo Photography Jesse McCartney 2009 04-07.jpg
McCartney after performance on "Live! With Regis and Kelly", April 7, 2009
Background information
Born (1987-04-09) April 9, 1987 (age 27)
Ardsley, New York,
United States
Genres Pop, pop rock, R&B
Occupations Singer/songwriter, actor, voice actor
Years active 1998–present
Labels Hollywood
Eight0Eight Records
Associated acts Dream Street, Tricky Stewart, The-Dream
Website Official website

Jesse McCartney (born April 9, 1987) is an American singer-songwriter, actor and voice actor. McCartney achieved fame in the late 1990s on the daytime drama All My Children as JR Chandler. He later joined boy band Dream Street, and eventually branched out into a solo musical career. Additionally, McCartney has appeared on shows such as Summerland and Greek. McCartney also is known for lending his voice as Theodore in Alvin and the Chipmunks and its sequels, as well as voicing Robin/Nightwing in Young Justice and Roxas and Ventus in the video games series Kingdom Hearts developed by Square Enix.

Early life[edit]

McCartney was born on April 9, 1987, in Westchester, New York, the son of Ginger and Scott McCartney.[1] 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.[2]

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. He has described the experience as a good "stepping stone" for his solo career.[3] 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 at a Bryant Park performance, June 23, 2005

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.[4] He categorized it as a "pop record" with twists of urban.[5] The album featured four songs that he co-wrote.[6] Beautiful Soul reached number 15 on the Billboard 200.[7] 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.[8] As of mid-2006, the album had sold more than 1.5 million copies.[6] The album's lead single of the same name reached number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100.[7] McCartney was one of the artists to win multiple awards at the 2005 Teen Choice Awards, including 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.[6]

His first headlining tour, also named Beautiful Soul, began on May 2, 2005 at the Crest Theatre in Sacramento, California.[5] 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.[4]

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.[6][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.[4] Released by Hollywood Records on September 19, 2006, the album reached number 14 on the Billboard 200.[7] 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.

Relationship with Disney[edit]

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, Lizzie McGuire Total Party!, 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!, Radio Disney Jams, Vol. 9, Radio Disney Jams, Vol. 11, and The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement.

McCartney also appeared on the Disney Channel teen sitcoms The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and Hannah Montana. McCartney is also voice of Terrence in the Tinker Bell franchise.

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.

McCartney performing in Metairie, Louisiana on February 15, 2009

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.[7]

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.[7] 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.[8] 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. Sparks also 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 reached #35 on the Hot 100.

2010–present: New album[edit]

The lead single from his fourth studio album Have It All, "Shake", was sent to radio on September 8, 2010 and was released digitally on September 21, 2010. The song peaked at #54 on the Hot 100. On October 18, 2010, it was announced that Have It All would be released in January 2011.[14] On November 30, it was announced that the album release would be pushed up to December 28, 2010, the Tuesday following Christmas. On December 3, 2010, McCartney announced through his Facebook page that he pushed the release date for the album back to early 2011. On April 7, 2011, McCartney responded to a question on his Twitter page about the delay, saying "The Release of Have It All has been put on hold until we hear about the outcome of Locke & Key", the television series in which he had a lead role.[15] On November 3, McCartney said via his WhoSay page "2012 is still the magic year for the record to finally come out."[16] On May 6, 2012, McCartney's mother said on Twitter that the replacement of the President of his label, Hollywood Records in January, 2012 is delaying the release of his album.[17] In March 2013 issue of Glamouholic magazine that he has covered, an exclusive interview was conducted and he confirmed the release of his anticipated fourth studio album, after all the disbandments of his record label, within this year.[18]

On May 13, it was confirmed on On Air with Ryan Seacrest that Jesse McCartney will be joining the Backstreet Boys & DJ Pauly D on their new tour "In a World Like This" kicking off on August 2, 2013. On August 13, the singer released the lead single "Back Together" from his upcoming album which will be on his new independent label, Eight0Eight Records. He performed it live on the Today Show on August 15, 2013. On December 10, 2013, McCartney released a four song EP titled "In Technicolor, Part 1" with the as-yet-untitled album to follow in Spring 2014. He says this album will be an "authentic 70s disco-pop record."[19]

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.[20] He also later starred in the short-lived series Summerland, which aired on The WB for two seasons, playing orphaned teenager Bradin Westerly.

McCartney at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival premiere of Beware the Gonzo.

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, the 2009 film Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, and the 2011 film Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, 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.[21] 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.[22] McCartney has expressed an interest in directing and producing films and even considered enrolling in a film school.[23]

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 II 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. He reprised both roles in Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, released in 2012.

McCartney confirmed in early February 2011 via Twitter, and on the website Perezhilton.com that he will have a major role on the new Fox pilot "Locke and Key." In May 2011, Fox announced that it would not be picked up to the series.

McCartney also starred in the horror film Chernobyl Diaries, released on May 25, 2012. He has been added to the Season 7 (2013) cast of the Lifetime Network series Army Wives, portraying a young soldier deployed to Afghanistan with an 18-year-old wife at home.

Fragrance[edit]

In June 2011, McCartney introduced a new women's fragrance called Wanted By Jesse.[24]

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,[25] 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.[26] He appeared in the Concert for Hope October 25, 2009 with Miley Cyrus and Demi Lovato.[27]

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2001 The Pirates of Central Park Simon Baskin
Dream Street Live Himself
2002 The Biggest Fan Drama
2005 Pizza Justin Bridges Comedy
Jesse McCartney Up Close Himself Documentary film
Jesse McCartney Live: The Beautiful Soul Tour Concert film
2007 Alvin and the Chipmunks Theodore Voice
2008 Horton Hears a Who! JoJo
Unstable Fables: 3 Pigs and a Baby Lucky
Keith Keith Zetterstrom Palm Beach International Film Festival
Tinker Bell Terence Voice
2009 Jesse McCartney: Live at the House Blues Sunset Strip Himself Concert film
Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure Terence Voice
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel Theodore
2010 Beware the Gonzo Gavin Reilly Tribeca Film Festival
Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue Terence Voice
2011 The Clockwork Girl Huxley
Tinker Bell and the Pixie Hollow Games Terence
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked Theodore
2012 Tinker Bell: Secret of the Wings Terence
Chernobyl Diaries Chris Horror
2013 Campus Life Ari
Wings Cyclone Voice
2014 The Pirate Fairy Terrence Voice

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1998–
2001
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)
2004–
2005
Summerland Bradin Westerly Main Role
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)
Punk'd Himself 2 episodes
2006 Celebrity Duets Himself Musical Performer
Schooled Himself Musical Performer
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)
Dance on Sunset Himself Musical performer
Dancing with the Stars Himself Musical Performer
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Max Matarazzo "Babes" (Season 10, episode 6)
Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve Himself Musical Performer
2009 Greek Andy "Take Me Home, Cyprus Rhodes" (Season 4, episode 1)
"From Rushing with Love" (Season 4, episode 2)
"Engendered Species" (Season 4, episode 3)
"Big Littles and Jumbo Shrimp" (Season 4, episode 5)
"Evasive Actions" (Season 4, episode 6)
"Guilty Treasures" (Season 4, episode 7)
2010 An Evening of Stars: Tribute to Lionel Ritchie Himself Musical Performer
2010–
2013
Young Justice Robin / Dick Grayson / Nightwing Voice
2011 Locke & Key Tyler Locke Pilot Episode
2012 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Wes Clyborn Seeing Red (Season 12, episode 14)
2013 Ben and Kate College Guy Ethics 101 (Season 1, episode 16) Cameo
Army Wives Tim Truman Season Seven (Main cast)
Fly or Die Himself Cameo

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Kingdom Hearts II Roxas
2007 Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix Roxas
2008 The Hardy Boys: The Hidden Theft Frank Hardy
2009 Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days Roxas
2010 Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Ventus
2011 Kingdom Hearts Re:coded Roxas
2012 Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance Roxas/Ventus
2013 Young Justice: Legacy Nightwing
2013 Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix Roxas (Archive and new footage)
2014 Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix Roxas/Ventus

Discography[edit]

Tours[edit]

References[edit]

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  27. ^ "Concert for Hope presented by Staples". City of Hope. August 18, 2009. Retrieved November 10, 2009. 

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