Jesse Adam McCartney (born April 9, 1987) is an American pop singer songwriter and Daytime Emmy-nominated actor. McCartney was born in Ardsley, New York USA to Scot and Ginger McCartney.
McCartney initially came to fame in the early 2000s as a member of the boy band Dream Street, and was the youngest out of all 5 people in the band and subsequently branched out into a solo career, having appeared on the television series Summerland.
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. The group earned a gold record with their debut CD, and broke up while touring with Aaron Carter. 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), Karelilla LaGravinese (background vocals), and Sharisse Francisco (background vocals), 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," "She's No You," and "Why Don't You Kiss Her." In 2004, he performed a duet with Anne Hathaway, "Don't Go Breaking My Heartm" which was featured on the Ella Enchanted soundtrack.
His first full-length solo album, Beautiful Soul, which was two years in the making, was released on September 28, 2004. The album featured four songs co-written by McCartney, "That Was Then," "Get Your Shine On," "What's Your Name," and "She's No You," as well as songs written by Desmond Child and Chris Braide. The title song reached #2 on AOL Music and the "Beautiful Soul" music video performed well on MTV's Total Request Live, having been voted into the top 10 fifty times, and peaked at #4. The album, having sold over 1.5 million records, has achieved platinum status.
His first solo tour, also named "Beautiful Soul" (opened by singer/songwriter and actress Brie Larson) began on May 2, 2005 at the Crest Theatre in Sacramento, California. The United States portion of the tour spanned 56 stops, ending on September 10 at the Madera District County Fair in Madera, California. Jesse McCartney has also performed at many amusement parks, including Six Flags and Canada's Wonderland, and has performed "Beautiful Soul" while making guest appearances on several late night talk shows, including "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."
This tour featured a new band, comprising Dory Lobel (guitar), Zane Carney (guitar), Andre De Santanna (bass), Mitchell Yoshida (keyboards), Karen Teperberg (drums), Margeaux "JoJo" Fernandez (background vocals) and Julie Dickens (background vocals). In the fall of 2005, Jesse McCartney toured Australia, and opened for the Backstreet Boys in Europe, the summer of 2005. His July 9 appearance at Paramount's Great America, Santa Clara, California was recorded as a live CD and released in November 2005; this was his first concert DVD.
McCartney began performing in local community musicals at the age of seven, before joining the National Tour of The King and I at the age of ten along with Phil of the Future star Ricky Ullman. He later appeared with The Who's Roger Daltrey in A Christmas Carol at Madison Square Garden. From 1998 - 2001, McCartney played Adam Chandler, Jr. on the ABC soap opera All My Children, a role in which he earned a Daytime Emmy nomination. He also later starred in the short-lived series Summerland, which aired on the now-defunct The WB network for two seasons. McCartney also co-starred along with Elisabeth Harnois in an independent teenage drama feature film directed by Todd Kessler, Keith, shot during late-2005/early-2006, featuring McCartney in the title role. As of now, no official release date has been announced. He was also the voice actor for Roxas in Kingdom Hearts II.
In the summer of 2007, he appeared in an episode of Hannah Montana titled "When You Wish You Were The Star," where he played himself as Hannah Montana's boyfriend. He played himself for an episode of The Suite Life Of Zack And Cody.
McCartney also did voicing for the film Alvin and the Chipmunks as Theodore. He will also be doing the voice of JoJo in the Horton Hears a Who movie, which will be released in March 2008.