Jesse McCartney

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Jesse McCartney
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McCartney at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival
Born (1987-04-09) April 9, 1987 (age 34)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • actor
  • voice actor
Years active1994–present
Partner(s)Katie Peterson (2012-present; engaged)
Musical career
Associated acts

Jesse McCartney (born April 9, 1987) is an American singer-songwriter and actor. He 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 Law & Order: SVU , 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 JoJo McDodd in Horton Hears a Who , Robin/Nightwing in Young Justice and Roxas and Ventus in the video game series Kingdom Hearts developed by Square Enix.


Early life

McCartney was born in Ardsley, Westchester, New York, the son of Ginger McCartney and Scott McCartney. [1] [2] He began performing in local community musicals at the age of seven, when he debuted his role in Oliver! , [3] before joining the national tour of The King and I at age ten along with Phil of the Future star Ricky Ullman. There 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. [4]

Music career

1999–2002: Dream Street

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. [5] 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

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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. [6] He categorized it as a "pop record" with twists of urban. [7] The album featured four songs that he co-wrote. [8] Beautiful Soul reached number 15 on the Billboard 200. [9] 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. [10] By mid-2006, the album had sold more than 1.5 million copies. [8] The album's lead single of the same name reached number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100. [9] 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. [11] The following year, he won Favorite Male Singer at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards. [8]

His first headlining tour, also named Beautiful Soul, began on May 2, 2005 at the Crest Theatre in Sacramento, California. [7] 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. [6]

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. [8] [12] 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. [6] Released by Hollywood Records on September 19, 2006, the album reached number 14 on the Billboard 200. [9] 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

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 . He also voices 'Terence' in the Tinker Bell franchise.

2007–2009: Songwriting and Departure

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 British singer Leona Lewis for her debut album, Spirit . The song was nominated for Record of the Year at the 2009 Grammy Awards. [13] McCartney recorded his own version, which was released on some editions of his Departure album.

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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. [14] The album has reached number 14 on the Billboard 200. [9]

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. [9] 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. [10] 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. [15]

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.

2010–2014: Have It All and In Technicolor

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McCartney at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival

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. [16] 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 it hinged on pickup of Locke & Key . [17] On November 3, McCartney said via his WhoSay page "2012 is still the magic year for the record to finally come out." [18] On May 6, 2012, McCartney's mother said on Twitter that the replacement of the President of his label, Hollywood Records in January 2012 was delaying the release of his album. [19] In the 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. Have It All, however, would go on to never be officially released. [20]

On May 13, it was confirmed on On Air with Ryan Seacrest that McCartney would be joining the Backstreet Boys and DJ Pauly D on their In a World Like This Tour, which kicked off on August 2, 2013. On August 13, the singer released "Back Together", the lead single from his fifth studio album, published by the 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, followed by the single "Superbad", released on May 6, 2014. [21] [22] McCartney's fifth studio album, In Technicolor was released on July 22, 2014. The third single off the album, "Punch Drunk Recreation", was released on November 19, 2014. [23]

2018–present: The Resolution

On March 23, 2018, McCartney announced the release of his new single "Better With You" which would be the lead single off The Resolution, the music video also features actress Danielle Campbell. [24] He later released a second single titled "Wasted" with a music video directed by Jason Lester, followed by the live album The Resolution Tour Live. [25]

In 2020, McCartney competed on the third season of The Masked Singer as the "Turtle". He finished as the runner-up. [26] On April 10, 2020, he released the music video for the single "Yours". [27] The single "Friends" was released on May 19, 2020. The official music video featured former Greek castmates Scott Michael Foster, Jacob Zachar and Paul James. [28]

Other ventures

Acting career

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. [29] 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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McCartney on the Live! With Regis and Kelly TV show, April 2009

In 2005, McCartney appeared as himself on the Disney Channel show The Suite Life of Zack & Cody . In 2007, he starred as himself on the Disney Channel show Hannah Montana . In 2008, McCartney was also featured as the voice of JoJo McDodd in Horton Hears a Who! McCartney also voiced Theodore in the live-action Alvin and the Chipmunks film series, in addition to voicing Terence in the Tinker Bell film series. 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 . [30] 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. [31] McCartney has expressed an interest in directing and producing films and even considered enrolling in a film school. [32]

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, as well as in Kingdom Hearts III , released in 2019.

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.

In the summer of 2014, McCartney had a guest-starring role in the ABC Family series Young & Hungry . McCartney played "Cooper", a computer hacker with a romantic interest in the show's lead, played by Emily Osment. [33]

In 2016, McCartney appeared on Fear the Walking Dead as Reed, an aggressive member of a group of pirates. [34]

Jesse McCartney's acting career also includes voice over work (or voice acting) with Breathe Bible . [35]


In June 2011, McCartney introduced a new women's fragrance called Wanted By Jesse. [36]


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, [37] 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. [38] He appeared in the Concert for Hope on October 25, 2009, with Miley Cyrus and Demi Lovato. [39]

Personal life

In September 2019, he got engaged to his girlfriend of seven years, Katie Peterson. [40]

Awards and nominations

Behind the Voice Actors Awards

YearNominee / workAwardResult
2012 Young Justice Best Vocal Ensemble in a Television SeriesNominated
Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance Best Vocal Ensemble in a Video GameWon
2014 Young Justice Best Vocal Ensemble in a Television SeriesWon

Groovevolt Music and Fashion Awards

YearNominee / workAwardResult
2006"Beautiful Soul"Best Pop Song Performance - MaleWon
Beautiful Soul Best Pop Album - MaleNominated
"Stupid Things"Best Pop Deep CutNominated

Radio Disney Music Awards

YearNominee / workAwardResult
2005 Himself Best Male Artist Won
"Beautiful Soul" Song of the Year Nominated
Best Song You Can't Believe Your Parents Know the Words ToNominated
"Good Life"Best TV Movie SongNominated
2006 Himself Best Male Artist Won
2007 Won

Teen Choice Awards

YearNominee / workAwardResult
2005 Himself Choice Music: Male Artist Won
Choice Music: Breakout Artist - Male Won
Choice Crossover ArtistWon
Choice Hottie: Male Nominated
Summerland Choice TV Actor: Drama Nominated
"Beautiful Soul" Choice Music: Single Nominated
Choice Music: Love Song Nominated
2006 HimselfChoice Music: V-Cast ArtistNominated
2008 Choice Music: Male Artist Nominated
Choice Fanatic FansNominated
"Leavin'" Choice Summer Song Nominated
2009 "How Do You Sleep?" Choice Music: Love Song Nominated
2012 Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked Choice Movie VoiceNominated

Young Artist Awards

YearNominee / workAwardResult
2000 All My Children Best Performance in a Soap Opera - Young ActorNominated
2001 Best Performance in a Daytime TV Series: Young ActorWon
2002 Best Performance in a TV Drama Series: Supporting Young ActorWon
2005 Summerland Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) - Leading Young ActorNominated

Other awards

2001 Soap Opera Digest Awards All My Children Outstanding Child ActorNominated
Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
2005 Nickelodeon Australian Kids' Choice Awards HimselfFave Music ArtistNominated
Fave TV StarNominated
Fave HottieWon
American Music Awards Favorite Breakthrough Artist Nominated
MTV Video Music Awards "Beautiful Soul" Best Pop Video Nominated
ASCAP Pop Music Awards Most Performed SongWon
Billboard Music Awards Top Soundtrack SingleNominated
2006 APRA Music Awards Most Performed Foreign WorkNominated
2010 ASCAP Pop Music Awards "Bleeding Love"Most Performed SongWon
2012Online Film & Television Association Young Justice Best Voice-Over PerformanceNominated


Studio albums




Opening act



2001 The Pirates of Central Park Simon Baskin
Dream Street LiveHimself
2002 The Biggest Fan Himself
2005 Pizza Justin Bridges
Jesse McCartney Up CloseHimselfDocumentary film
Jesse McCartney Live: The Beautiful Soul TourHimselfConcert film
2007 Alvin and the Chipmunks Theodore SevilleVoice role
2008 Horton Hears a Who! JoJoVoice role
Unstable Fables: 3 Pigs and a Baby LuckyVoice role
Keith Keith Zetterstrom
Tinker Bell TerenceVoice role
2009Jesse McCartney: Live at the House Blues Sunset StripHimselfConcert film
Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure TerenceVoice role
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel Theodore SevilleVoice role
2010 Beware the Gonzo Gavin Reilly
Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue TerenceVoice role
2011 Tinker Bell and the Pixie Hollow Games TerenceVoice role
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked Theodore SevilleVoice role
2012 Tinker Bell: Secret of the Wings TerenceVoice role
Chernobyl Diaries Chris
2013 Campus Code Ari
WingsCycloneVoice role
2014 The Clockwork Girl HuxleyVoice role
The Pirate Fairy TerenceVoice role
Wings: Sky Force HeroesT-BoneVoice role
2015 88 Winks
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip Theodore SevilleVoice role
2020 Love, Weddings & Other Disasters Lenny


1998–2001 All My Children JR Chandler Regular role
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 DriscollEpisode: "Thin Ice"
2002The Strange Legacy of Cameron CruzCameron CruzUnsold TV pilot
2004 What I Like About You HimselfEpisode: "The Not-So Simple Life"
2004–2005 Summerland Bradin WesterlyMain role
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actor: Drama
2005 The Suite Life of Zack & Cody HimselfEpisode: "Rock Star in the House"
Punk'd Himself2 episodes
2006 Celebrity Duets HimselfMusical performer
All My Children HimselfMusical performer
2007 Hannah Montana HimselfEpisode: "When You Wish You Were the Star"
2008 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition HimselfEpisode: "The Gilyeat Family"
Dance on Sunset HimselfEpisode: "Prom”
Dancing with the Stars (American TV series) HimselfPerformer
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Max MatarazzoEpisode: "Babes"
2009 Greek AndyRecurring role (season 2), 6 episodes
Young Justice Dick Grayson (a.k.a.  Robin/Nightwing)Voice role; main role
2011 Locke & Key Tyler LockeUnsold TV pilot
2012 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Wes ClybornEpisode: "Seeing Red"
2013 Ben and Kate College GuyCameo; episode: "Ethics 101"
Army Wives Tim TrumanMain role (season 7)
Fly or DieHimselfCameo
2014 Expecting Amish JoshTelevision movie (Lifetime) [41]
2014–2015 Young & Hungry Cooper FinleyRecurring role (seasons 1–2), 7 episodes
2015 The F Word HimselfEpisodes: "Jesse Mccartney"
2016 Fear the Walking Dead ReedEpisodes: "Blood in the Streets", "Captive"
Talking Dead HimselfGuest
Major Crimes TuckerEpisode: "Present Tense"
2020 The Masked Singer TurtleRunner-up
Celebrity Watch Party HimselfEpisode: “The Deadliest Couch
I Can See Your Voice (American TV series) HimselfEpisode: 6 Guest Judge

Video games

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 Data-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, Data-Roxas (Archive and new footage)
2017 Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue Roxas, Ventus
2019 Kingdom Hearts III Roxas, Ventus
2020 Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory Roxas

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