He isn't just an Aaron Carter look-like, he is a current teen pop star that has been around show buisness for years. Radio Disney fave Jesse McCartney was a child performer dynamo, singing on Broadway and landing an acting gig on All My Children before even joining his first boy band, a feat that came at the age of 12. Sugar poppers Dream Street scored a platinum album with their self-titled debut before spinning off the careers of Chris Trousdale and McCartney himself, who started contributing music to kid-friendly films like Cinderella Story ("The Best Day of My Life"), Stuck in the Suburbs ("Good Life"), and Ella Enchanted, for which he performed a version of Elton John's "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" with Anne Hathaway, the film's star. McCartney returned to acting in 2004 with a role on the WB teen drama Summerland. He also finished up work on his first solo full-length. "Beautiful Soul" was the album's title track and lead single, and pointed to its smooth blend of pop-rock sensibilities punched up with soulful inflections and danceable beats. Beautiful Soul was issued September 28, 2004 by Hollywood Records. Jesse was born on April 9, 1987, in Westchester, New York. The oldest of three McCartney children, Jesse showed great musical and acting talent at an early age. He has studied both piano and saxophone and at seven made his stage debut in community theater productions before quickly graduating to the Broadway stage in "The King and I" with Hayley Mills and "A Christmas Carol" opposite the great Roger Daltry of The Who. Word spread, and soon Jesse became a valuable cast member on ABC's "All My Children" from 1998 to 2001, and earned two Emmy nominations for his standout role as J.R. (Adam Chandler, Jr.).
But music has always been his true love, so next, Jesse had no trouble finding rock stardom as a member of the platinum-selling group Dream Street, whose self-titled album hit #1 on Billboard's Top Independent Album Chart, and was the most requested video on Nickelodeon and Nick.com
Fast forward to 2004 and Jesse is now in the spotlight as a solo artist. For his September CD debut, Jesse is currently working in Los Angeles with some of the music industry's top producers and songwriters, including a collaboration with Matthew Gerrard (Hilary Duff's hit "Why Not"), Glen Ballard (Alanis Morissette, Dave Matthews, Christina Aguilera) Desmond Child (Clay Aiken, Aerosmith), and Andreas Carlsson (Britney Spears).
Jesse McCartney is everywhere these days -- Top 10 radio, concert stages, television and movies - and his mesmerizing voice couldn't be more welcome. Yes, "Summerland" TV-star Jesse McCartney is a young man of many talents, but it's his drop-dead-beautiful single "Beautiful Soul" that has catapulted the charismatic 17-year-old to the top of the 2004 charts. A radio favorite since its release in November 2003, "Beautiful Soul" has hit Radio Disney's Top 3 more than 100 times and graces the film soundtracks of That's So Raven and A Cinderella Story.
Jesse's escalating media presence will soon climax with his biggest acting role yet: his co-starring role in the new WB television drama "Summerland," produced by Spelling Television. Jesse plays Bradin, whose life changes forever when his parents die tragically, leaving him to live with his free-spirited aunt (Lori Loughlin). The must-see two-hour premiere airs June 1 (8-10 p.m. ET). The following week on June 8, the series will premiere in its regular time period on The WB on Tuesdays from 9:00-10p.m. ET.
In his joyous debut solo album, Jesse McCartney merges his smooth pop-rock vocals with soul inflections, a cascade of infectious grooves, playful dance beats, and countless instantly-memorable hooks. With catchy tracks and an emotive voice, 17-year-old McCartney revs up his musical appeal and unleashes a winning blend of heartfelt love songs and immensely appealing slices of club-friendly, soul-infused pop.
"I guess you could call my style blue-eyed soul," says the green-eyed singer. When asked who his favorite singers are, he answers "I never had an easy time deciding who my favorite singer or main influences are. There are too many." Jesse has blended his own unique sound with inspiration ranging from James Taylor to Stevie Wonder, Prince, Hall and Oates, and Babyface, as well as contemporaries like Daniel Bedingfield and Craig David.
Throughout Beautiful Soul, McCartney's charisma shines. McCartney is instantly endearing, conjuring up a personal yet universal work that delves into both his mature sound and youthful optimism.
It's only natural that the tracks on Beautiful Soul take an autobiographical slant. "Most of the album has to do with my relationships and their ups and downs," says the lanky blond. "It's the main theme on a lot of records, but that stuff happens to guys my age. It's pretty important to us."
Featuring the singles "Beautiful Soul" and "She's No You," the CD makes it clear McCartney wears his heart on his sleeve. "I'm more proud of that song than anything else I've ever done," Jesse says of "She's No You," a rhythmic wonder that melds percolating guitar riffs with swirling strings, while McCartney's insistent lyrics breathlessly plead his case. "When we sat down to write it we were in a really upbeat mood, fully-caffeinated and ready to go, so we wrote a fast-paced beat and absolutely filled it with lyrics."
Beautiful Soul is somewhat of a coming-of-age record for the mature-for-his-years teen. On his solo debut CD, McCartney shows he's an able young artist establishing his own terms with solid songs, great vocals with the collaborative assistance of hit-makers Matthew Gerrard (Hilary Duff, Nick Carter), Robbie Nevil (Babyface, Destiny's Child, Jessica Simpson), Andreas Carlsson (Britney Spears), and Desmond Child (Clay Aiken, Aerosmith). McCartney's co-written songs on Beautiful Soul include "She's No You," the apologetic "That Was Then," the concert crowd-pleaser "What's Your Name," and the dance-floor filler "Get Your Shine On."
For a young singer-songwriter, Beautiful Soul is an assured record with a romantic core. It should come as no surprise that while Beautiful Soul is the singer/songwriter's solo debut, he began singing at age 7 on the stage and later joined the NY-based kids group, Sugar Beats. He then went on to earn a platinum album at 14 as a member of Dream Street, whose self-titled album hit #1 on Billboard's Top Independent Album Chart. But, to quote one of his newest songs, "That Was Then." He's since built a huge, immensely loyal concert following as a solo performer, scored a #1 Radio Disney hit and earned two Emmy nominations for his portrayal of young Adam Chandler, Jr. on "All My Children."
McCartney's signing with Hollywood/Buena Vista Records in late 2003 set the stage for an impressive list of songs in film and TV soundtracks for A Cinderella Story, The Princess Diaries 2, Stuck in the Suburbs, Ella Enchanted and That's So Raven. It was while writing and recording Beautiful Soul that McCartney became one of 2004's hottest actors, co-starring in the WB TV drama, "Summerland," as Bradin, a troubled teenager whose life changes forever after a family tragedy. The Spelling Television-produced show has become the WB's most successful summer launch ever, with McCartney becoming one of its biggest new stars. High ratings have garnered the show a second season to begin airing January 2005.
"I feel like I've found myself," McCartney reflects, having matured since his young foray into the entertainment business. "Now I'm in-the-know about my surroundings and what I'm doing, and realize how I used to be pushed along, kind of spoon-fed ideas rather than having the opportunity to create my own. But those experiences are what you need to grow as a person and find your niche," he resolves.
"I started recording this album two years ago and when I started, it was a little like feeling around in the dark. But then at some point, it was like 'Click,' the light went on, and I could see what I wanted to say musically."
"When I first heard 'She's No You' fully mastered it took my breath away. This is it. There's no where else I want to be.
Jesse McCartney Plans Tour, Hints At Juicy 'Summerland' Drama
Actor/musician Jesse McCartney set to shoot video, expand his live act. Jesse McCartney's character on the WB's "Summerland" may be a troubled teen surfer, but in real life the actor/musician is shredding a huge wave of success.
"You never expect these things to happen," he said. "I can't explain to you the gratification with that, what it feels like to have all this stuff going on. I feel really blessed. I've had such support from everyone, from every angle, from fans to management to the record label. It's been a very long and successful ride."
From the outset, McCartney worked to ensure that the experience would be a positive one. In creating Beautiful Soul, McCartney's main goal was "making sure it was very upbeat and enjoyable. It's a pop record, with a little bit of this urban, kinda like R&B, twist to it. The album is filled with variety; it's definitely an eclectic album. I'm very happy with the way it panned out."
McCartney's first headlining tour starts May 2 in Sacramento, California. The New York native described his live performances as simple and intimate. "It's an acoustic guitar, myself and a box drum, which is my drummer that's just sitting on top of this box." McCartney is excited about adding to the bare-bones setup, though. "We're rehearsing the full band — which is like a seven-piece band, major, full-out — for the tour this summer."
With his debut album now platinum and the title track retired from the "TRL" countdown, McCartney will head to New York to shoot a video for his new single, "She's No You." That song debuted on Monday's episode of "Summerland," though another McCartney track, "Get Your Shine On," is featured on the series' soundtrack, which hit stores Tuesday.
Back in fictional California beach town Playa Linda, things aren't going as well for McCartney's character, Bradin Westerly. "He doesn't know what he's doing with his life," McCartney explained. "This character takes a step forward and three steps back and gets wrapped up in drugs and alcohol for a while. It's going to be a very juicy dramatic season. Aaron Spelling knows his drama, so you know it will be cool."
Jesse McCartney tour dates, according to Hollywood Records:
* 5/2 - Sacramento, CA @ Crest Theatre
* 5/4 - Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
* 5/5 - Seattle, WA @ Moore Theater
* 5/10 - Rosemont, IL @ Rosemont Theater
* 5/12 - Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theater
* 5/18 - St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
Jesse McCartney's Beautiful Soul Goes Gold
Hollywood Recording artist Jesse McCartney has officially reached gold sales status today after merely 16 weeks. Jesse's single and title track "Beautiful Soul" is currently the #5 most played song in the country according to the Top 40 BDS radio chart this week, with an audience of over 45 million!
Jesse's album is #34 on Billboard's Top 200 chart this week as well, up from #45 last week. The momentum for an even bigger week is building with A/C stations quickly adding "Beautiful Soul" and multiple TV appearances this week including "Breakout Stars Week" on MTV's "TRL" and ABC's "The View."
Jesse McCartney is currently shooting episodes for the second season of The WB's hit show "Summerland," which will premiere Monday, February 28 (9:00 - 10:00 p.m. ET). Jesse plays Bradin Westerly, a teen overcoming his grief over the loss of his parents as he builds a new life in Southern California and helps his aunt Ava (Lori Loughlin) care for his siblings.
About to turn 18 this spring, Jesse is already an accomplished actor, having garnered two Emmy nominations for his portrayal of Adam Chandler, Jr. on "All My Children." Jesse began performing at age seven in the musical "Oliver," and performed on Broadway in the "King & I" by age ten, and opposite Roger Daltrey in "A Christmas Carol."
Up next, Jesse McCartney will be announcing his spring and summer tour plans.
Jesse McCartney: One on One
Jesse McCartney, the multi-talented singer/actor drops by Kidzworld to give you the lowdown on his CD and his hit show, Summerland. Find out what this blond hottie has to say about finding the right girl. Who knows, it might be you.
Sindy: Describe your very first professional acting audition. Was it nerve-wracking, or a total breeze?
Jesse McCartney: Auditioning has never been nerve-wracking to me. I've just always tried to do my best but if I don't get it, I figure it just wasn't meant to be. My first professional acting audition happened when I was 9 1/2 years old. I lucked out because they wanted me to do an english accent for the part of Louis in The King and I. I had already done a run of Oliver in community theater with an english accent so I nailed it and got the part.
Sindy: What has been the coolest experience in your career so far?
Jesse McCartney: Being nominated for an Emmy was definitely a high point. Also, hearing my first single "Beautiful Soul" on the radio was also a thrill.
Sindy: How's it feel to be recognized by screaming fans when you're just hanging out with your friends?
McCartney: It really hasn't happened. I mean, people recognize me sometimes but fans just don't scream unless they're in a big group (like an audience at a concert). People are usually very cool and low key if they recognize me. I'd be totally scared if someone screamed at me when I was with my friends at Starbucks. Yeah, that would be weird.
Sindy: Which actor/actress would you like to work with, and why?
Jesse McCartney: Kate Hudson would be cool because I think she's beautiful but seems down-to-earth. And Robert DeNiro, because I think he's the best actor and I'd want to learn from him.
Sindy: How are you different from your Summerland character, Bradin Westerly?
Jesse McCartney: Bradin and I have some similarities but the big difference is, fortunately, my parents are alive and well. I think Bradin gets involved with the wrong kind of girls, I'm a little smarter than that. Mostly, Bradin has way more free time than I do!
Sindy: Have you always been a surfer, or did you learn to surf for your role in Summerland?
Jesse McCartney: I learned to surf for the first time for the Summerland pilot in 2003. I still have a lot to learn but I'm getting better.
Sindy: When you were a member of Dream Street, you toured with Britney Spears. What did you learn from this experience?
Jesse McCartney: We only did one show with her so I didn't learn all that much from the experience other than Britney was really nice and she works very hard.
Sindy: When you're not acting or making music, what do you like to do in your downtime?
Jesse McCartney: I mostly hang with my friends, go to ballgames, go to the beach, listen to music, like most kids my age.
Sindy: What qualities do you look for in a girlfriend?
Jesse McCartney: I like girls who are easygoing, a good sense of humor, honest.
Sindy: Why is one of your nicknames Orange Boy?
Jesse McCartney: Ha! My nickname was never Orange Boy. One of my friends spread that rumor to the press as a joke, I guess because orange is my favorite color, and he had a weird sense of humor. But no one's ever called me Orange Boy for real.
Sindy: Which song on your new album is your favorite?
Jesse McCartney: It depends on my mood. When I'm in a quiet mood, "Why Don't You Kiss Her" or "The Stupid Things." When I'm in an up mood, "Get Your Shine On," "That Was Then" or "She's No You." But I like them all.
Sindy: Are you ever nervous singing on stage in front of big crowds?
Jesse McCartney: I never really had stage fright. I always feel energized and excited by a big crowd rather than nervous. I'd do a show every night if I could. I can't wait to go on tour!
More fun stuff about Jesse McCartney
Playing young Payton Manning for an NFL commercial, In a Sunny Delight commercial, in an anti-smoking commercial!
Jesse has a solo music career run by Jumpahead Productions
Jesse has two little siblings: a brother, Timmy, and a sister, Lea
He sings 'Second Star to the Right' from Peter Pan on the Disney Mania 2 cd.
He has a 1/2 calico(orange and white)cat named Oliver. He had a rat named Mocha, but it died in 2001.
His favorite book is 'The Grapes of Wrath' bu John Steinbeck.
He ranked #2 on the AFTI Media Boy poll out of 400.
Both of his parents are preformers and at one time even had their own doo-wop group. both of his grandparents tour with him sometimes too. Lea is also a preformer, but doesn't want to make a career out of it. and Timmy... who knows what the TMAC's up to! His dad is the president of an insurance company and is a volunteer fire-fighter.
He was voted Most Popular and Most Vocal in preschool.
Sang a song with Anne Hathaway for the soundtrack of ELLA ENCHANTED
He was in 'Sugarbeats' as at the age of 10. Realesed ablum called 'Sugarbeats'.
Performs a song on Disney Channel called "Good Life" for the Disney Channel Original Movie: Stuck in the Suburbs.
He and Summerland co-star Taylor Cole appeared at Roosevelt Field Mall in Long Island, NY on Saturday, July 24,2004
Despite his career, Jesse has attended a local public school his whole life. He recently finished up his junior year of high school with a tutor, because he was on set in California shooting "Summerland", and would not be able to be in school in New York.
Jesse has green eyes.
His favorite sport is baseball
Solo CD moves McCartney closer to girls' hearts
Before the television series "Summerland" made him a teen idol, Jesse McCartney fueled a few pre-adolescent fantasies as a member of boy band Dream Street.
The 17-year-old's first solo album, a collection of candy-coated, R&B-laced pop called "Beautiful Soul," is shaping up to be a bigger success.
The album's single and title track has reached the Top 40 on Billboard magazine's Hot 100 chart, with a video that has reached the top 10 on MTV's "Total Request Live."
McCartney cites a number of old-school musical influences: James Taylor, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Sting and Babyface, as well as younger artists such as Craig David and Daniel Bedingfield.
But he feels the closest rapport with another boy-band alumnus:
"I'm a young guy with blond hair who sings pop and R&B. The only other person I can think of who falls into that niche is Justin Timberlake."
Like Timberlake, who has branched out into acting, McCartney plans to continue multitasking.
"But I know I can only do both those things, singing and acting, for so long without putting myself in a mental hospital. And I would also like to direct and write and produce films. Maybe I'll retire to that -- once I get old and ugly, I'll work behind the cameras."
By the time he joined Dream Street, McCartney already was an experienced actor, having played Adam Chandler Jr. on the soap opera "All My Children" and toured as Hayley Mills' son in a production of "The King and I."
"I was born to be an entertainer," McCartney says. "The biggest thrill I get is performing in front of people, making them react, making the girls happy. And I loved pop music. I still do. I was amazed that I got a part as a fifth of that group, and I was ready to do anything to become a star."
The singer-actor had no misgivings about plunging into the oft-maligned pool of teen pop.
"I don't know if I have much time for a commitment right now," McCartney says. "But I am getting out and meeting a lot of girls and having a good time."
Jesse McCartney : From Dream Street to the big success
Before WB's Summerland made him a teen idol, Jesse McCartney fueled a few pre-adolescent fantasies as a member of boy band Dream Street. The 17-year-old's first solo CD, a collection of candy-coated, R&B-laced pop called Beautiful Soul, is shaping up to be a bigger success. The album has sold more than 100,000 copies; its single and title track is No. 16 on Billboard Radio Monitor's mainstream top 40 radio with a video that has reached the top 10 on MTV's TRL.
By the time he joined Dream Street, McCartney already was an experienced actor, having played Adam Chandler Jr. on the soap opera All My Children and toured as Hayley Mills' son in a production of The King and I. The singer/actor had no misgivings about plunging into the oft-maligned pool of teen pop. "I was born to be an entertainer," McCartney says. "The biggest thrill I get is performing in front of people, making them react, making the girls happy. And I loved pop music. I still do. I was amazed that I got a part as a fifth of that group, and I was ready to do anything to become a star."
Justin time: McCartney cites a number of old-school musical influences: James Taylor, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Sting and Babyface, as well as younger artists such as Craig David and Daniel Bedingfield. But he feels the closest rapport with another boy-band alumnus: "I'm a young guy with blond hair who sings pop and R&B. The only other person I can think of who falls into that niche is Justin Timberlake." Like Timberlake, who has branched out into acting, McCartney plans to continue multitasking. "But I know I can only do both those things, singing and acting, for so long without putting myself in a mental hospital. And I would also like to direct and write and produce films. Maybe I'll retire to that — once I get old and ugly, I'll work behind the cameras."
The joy of sharing: McCartney says his rise has been accompanied by some "crazy incidents. I remember being at one venue, and I was on my way to my bus or car and lost track of security. Suddenly, there was this huge group of girls — like, 200 girls, completely tearing my shirt apart. One ripped out the tag, and they were all screaming, which is always cool. It was a very nice shirt, too, but it was very, very flattering." Some other tributes have been less welcome. "I've had a couple of weird fans. One gave me a used anti-acne pad, all covered in dirt. That was disgusting."
Too young to really fall in love: Six months ago, when he left his native New York to move to Los Angeles, McCartney amicably ended a relationship that had lasted about a year and a half. "We're still friends," he says. The most prominent woman in the rising star's life is "my mom-ager" — his mom and manager, Ginger. "I don't know if I have much time for a commitment right now," McCartney says. "But I am getting out and meeting a lot of girls and having a good time."
Jesse McCartney likes to try new, mature things
Jesse McCartney has officially become a hyphenate - he's an actor-singer - but despite the promise of his new career, he knows just how fickle show business can be.
McCartney, who played All My Children's Adam Chandler Jr. from 1998-2001 (and was nominated twice for a Daytime Emmy) is working on a self-titled CD, and spent parts of February and March in Los Angeles auditioning for pilot season. Nothing's definite, so in words that would warm the hearts of parents everywhere, the 10th-grader says, "I'm bringing my grades up this year. I really wanted to make that a priority because I don't know what's going to happen later on in life. I really want to [sing] when I get older, but if it doesn't work out, or something happens to me where I can't sing or dance anymore, I've got to have something to fall back on. I definitely plan on going to college."
A few months ago, it looked like McCartney might be returning to AMC, but the actor playing JR's younger brother Jamie (Micah Alberti) was actually older and, more importantly, looked older than McCartney. "It would have been cool, but maybe it wasn't the right time. Things work out well usually. I got a call two days later for the pilot for this series out in Hawaii. So it all worked out for the best. And maybe later on I will come back. You never know," the young actor says philosophically.
The pilot that McCartney tested for was called The Break, for Fox, and he was close to getting the gig until the producers decided to go younger. In March, McCartney shot an Aaron Spelling pilot for The WB, titled Immediate Family, with Lori Loughlin (Full House; ex-Jody Travis, Edge of Night). Now McCartney is waiting until May to learn if the series is picked up. He also had a producer callback for an upcoming Hilary Duff (Lizzie McGuire) project but at press time hadn't gotten word.
Hitting the high notes is not new for McCartney; he was the lead singer in the group Sugarbeats and then did the boy-band thing with Dream Street. He's going solo now. "Dream Street was awesome, but I'm not 12 anymore. I want to try new things, more mature things." McCartney is now in the process of recording a CD, and a music video is in the works. "Right now we're looking at clips that directors have sent us. We're going to be shooting a video for the single. I'm excited."