Born: April 9, 1987
Birthplace: Manhattan, Ny
Occupation: Singer-songwriter, Actor, Voice Actor
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 the characters Roxas and Ventus in the video games series Kingdom Hearts developed by Square Enix.
McCartney was born to Ginger and Scott McCartney in Westchester, New York. 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.
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. 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.
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. He categorized it as a "pop record" with twists of urban. The album featured four songs that he co-wrote. Beautiful Soul reached number 15 on the Billboard 200. 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. As of mid-2006, the album had sold more than 1.5 million copies. The album's lead single of the same name reached number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100. 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. The following year, he won Favorite Male Singer at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards.
His first headlining tour, also named Beautiful Soul, 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, 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.
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. 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. Released by Hollywood Records on September 19, 2006, the album reached number 14 on the Billboard 200. 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.
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 and Cody and Hannah Montana. McCartney is also voice of Terrence in the Tinker Bell franchise.
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. McCartney recorded his own version, which was released on some editions of his Departure album.
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. The album has reached number 14 on the Billboard 200.
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. 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. 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.
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.
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. 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 and peaked at #54 on the Billboard Hot 100. 'Have It All' was set to be released on December 28, 2010 but McCartney announced through his Facebook account that he pushed back the release date for the album. In 2011, McCartney returned to the studio to work on new material for the album.
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. He also later starred in the short-lived series Summerland, which aired on The WB for two seasons, playing orphaned teenager Bradin Westerly.
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. 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. McCartney has expressed an interest in directing and producing films and even considered enrolling in a film school.
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.
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.
In June 2011, McCartney introduced a new women's fragrance called Wanted By Jesse.
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, 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. He appeared in the Concert for Hope October 25, 2009 with fellow Disney stars Miley Cyrus and Demi Lovato.
|2001||The Pirates of Central Park||Simon Baskin|
|Dream Street Live||Himself|
|2002||The Biggest Fan|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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)|
|2006||Celebrity Duets||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" (Chapter 4, episode 11)
"From Rushing with Love" (Chapter 4, episode 12)
"Engendered Species" (Chapter 4, episode 13)
"Big Littles and Jumbo Shrimp" (Chapter 4, episode 14)
"Evasive Actions" (Chapter 4, episode 15)
"Guilty Treasures" (Chapter 4, episode 17)
|2010||An Evening of Stars: Tribute to Lionel Ritchie||Himself||Musical Performer|
|Young Justice||Robin / Dick Grayson||Voice|
|2011||Locke & Key||Ty Locke||Pilot Episode|
|2012||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Wes||Seeing Red (Season 12, episode 14)|
|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/Roxas|
|2011||Kingdom Hearts Re:coded||Roxas|
|2012||Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance||Roxas/Ventus|