- Early life and career
Jesse McCartney was born in New York City to Scott McCartney and Ginger Sarber. His maternal grandparents, Dick and Joyce Sarber, are from Ukiah, Mendocino County, California. McCartney is a born-again Christian. In 1988, his family relocated to Ardsley, Westchester County, New York, where he grew up and lived until 2004. He has one brother, Timothy ("Timmy") Glover Mark McCartney (born December 20, 1996) and one sister, Lea Joyce McCartney (born July 7, 1991). McCartney played JR Chandler on the hit Soap Opera All My Children. 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, before joining the children's group "Dream Street" as a vocalist. He also stared in "Summerland" with Kay Panabaker, Zac Efron, and many more.
McCartney joined the American pop boy band Dream Street, and was a member from 1999 to 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 sixteen, he began work on a solo career with a local band, featuring musicians Dillon Kondor (guitar), Peter Chema (bass), Katie Spencer (keyboards), Alex Russek (drums), Karina 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 of 2003. The album featured three songs: "Beautiful Soul", "Don't You" and "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. His first full-length solo album, Beautiful Soul, which was two years in the making, was released later that year, on September 28. The album featured four songs co-written by McCartney , plus songs written by such heavy weights as 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".
McCartney at a Bryant Park performance, June 24, 2005
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). 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.
In Fall 2005, Jesse McCartney toured Australia, and opened for the Backstreet Boys in Europe. His latest album, entitled Right Where You Want Me, was released by Hollywood Records on September 19, 2006. The first single from the album, also called "Right Where You Want Me", began receiving radio play on July 11, 2006 and was written by Jesse McCartney, Adam Watts and Andy Dodd; McCartney, who co-wrote all of the songs on the new album, has said that he believes the single takes him in a "new direction musically". The video for his second single Just So You Know is now available to view at http://www.jessemac.com.au/. The song "Invincible" from Jesse's new album "Right Where You Want Me" was written (By Jesse) in memory of one of his friends who had died a few years ago in a car accident.
McCartney will launch a new tour after the album's release. Though, a tour for the new album has not been financed. The shows that Jesse has been doing overseas were only for promotion purposes. It has been confirmed by his manager and he will only be doing a few shows the upcoming months in the states. The new album has also been made available for purchase at Yahoo Music in MP3 format.
It has been confirmed by his management that Jesse is in studios again writing and recording for his third album.
Jesse has been in and out of a relationship for two and a half years with actress Katie Cassidy.
McCartney has also pursued an acting career, playing J.R. Chandler on the television soap opera All My Children from 1998 to 2001. He was nominated for a Daytime Emmy as an "Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series" for the role, in both 2001 and 2002. In 2004 and 2005, Jesse McCartney played Bradin Westerly on the short-lived WB series Summerland, which was the top summer opener in WB history.
Jesse McCartney will star in the film Keith, which is currently scheduled for a 2007 release, opposite Margo Harshman and Elisabeth Harnois. One of his most memorable roles was for Roxas in the US and UK release of the video game Kingdom Hearts II in 2006.
McCartney also guest starred as himself on an episode of the WB comedy What I Like About You. McCartney appeared as himself on an 12th episode of All My Children, performing his hit single, Right Where You Want Me. On September 18, 2005, he guest starred in The Suite Life of Zack and Cody episode, "Rock Star in the House" as himself. He will be appearing in an upcoming episode of Hannah Montana as Hannah Montana's boyfriend. He will be playing one of The Fashionistas in the episode, Fashion Victim, in the new season of Kim Possible.