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McCartney, Jesse 1987–

McCartney, Jesse 1987–

PERSONAL

Full name, Jesse Arthur (some sources cite middle name as Adam) McCartney; born April 9, 1987, in New York, NY; son of Scot and Ginger McCartney. Avocational Interests: Surfing, playing baseball, bowling, snow skiing, water skiing.

Addresses:

Office—Jump Ahead Productions, 923 Saw Mill River Rd., Box 138, Ardsley, NY 10502. Agent—Cunningham/Escott/Slevin and Doherty Talent Agency, 10635 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 140, Los Angeles, CA 90025.

Career:

Actor and singer. Appeared in advertisements. Sugar Beats (musical group), member, c. 1998–2001; Dream Street (musical group), member, c. 1999–2002; solo singer and recording artist; Jump Ahead Productions, Ardsley, NY, founder (with Sherry Kondor).

Awards, Honors:

Young Artist Award nomination, best performance in a soap opera—young actor, Young Artist Foundation, 2000, Young Artist Award, best performance in a daytime television series—young actor, 2001, Soap Opera Digest Award nomination, outstanding child actor, 2001, Daytime Emmy Award nominations, outstanding younger actor in a drama series, 2001 and 2002, and Young Artist Award, best performance in a television drama series—supporting young actor, 2002, all for All My Children; Young Artist Award nomination, best performance in a television series (comedy or drama)—leading young actor, and Teen Choice Award nomination, choice television actor: drama, both 2005, for Summerland; Teen Choice awards, choice breakout artist—male and best crossover artist, both 2005; Fake ID Award, best guest under the age of twenty–one, TRL awards (MTV), 2005; Radio Disney Music Award, best male singer, 2005; Radio Disney Music Award, best karaoke song, 2005, for "Beautiful Soul" ; Radio Disney Music Award, best song to put on repeat, and Radio Disney Music Award nomination, best song to listen to on the way to school, both 2005, for "Get Your Shine On" ; American Music Award nomination, best new artist, 2005; MTV Video Music Award nomination, best pop video, and Radio Disney Music Award nomination, best video that rocks, both 2005, for "Beautiful Soul" ; Radio Disney Music Award nomination, best sleepover song, 2005, for "What's Your Name?" ; Blimp Award, favorite male singer, Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards, 2006; some sources cite Grammy Award nominations (with the Sugar Beats), National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

CREDITS

Television Appearances; Series:

Adam Chandler, Jr. (also known as J. R. and Junior), All My Children (also known as All My Children: The Summer of Seduction), ABC, 1998–2001.

Bradin Westerly, Summerland, The WB, 2004–2005.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Host, Ella Enchanted: A Red Carpet Premiere Special, 2004.

The Magical World of "Ella Enchanted," 2004.

The Princess Diaries 2: The Music behind the Music, ABC Family Channel, 2004.

Himself, Hope Rocks: The Concert with a Cause, Fox, 2005.

All That 10th Anniversary Reunion Special, Nickelodeon, 2005.

An American Celebration at Ford's Theatre, ABC, 2005.

American Top 40 Live, Fox, 2005.

The Seventh Annual Home for the Holidays, CBS, 2005.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

The 28th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, NBC, 2001.

The 29th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, CBS, 2002.

The 45th Annual Grammy Awards, CBS, 2003.

The Sixth Annual Family Television Awards, The WB, 2004.

Presenter, The 2005 American Music Awards (also known as The 33rd Annual American Music Awards), ABC, 2005.

MTV Video Music Awards 2005, MTV, 2005.

Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards '05, Nickelodeon, 2005.

The Teen Choice Awards 2005, Fox, 2005.

2005 TRL Awards, broadcast on Total Request Live (also known as TRL and Total Request with Carson Daly), MTV, 2005.

Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards '06, Nickelodeon, 2006.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Danny Driscoll, "Thin Ice," Law & Order (also known as Law & Order Prime), NBC, 2000.

Himself, "Fairly Odd Wish–a–Thon," U–Pick Live, Nickelodeon, 2004.

Himself, "The Not–So Simple Life," What I Like about You, The WB, 2004.

Himself, MuchOnDemand, MuchMusic, 2004.

Himself, On–Air with Ryan Seacrest, syndicated, 2004.

Himself, Pepsi Smash, The WB, 2004.

Himself, SoapTalk, SoapNet, 2004.

Himself, "Jesse McCartney," Exposed, MuchMusic, c. 2005.

Himself, "Jesse McCartney," All That, Nickelodeon, 2005.

Himself, "Rock Star in the House," The Suite Life of Zack and Cody (also known as The Suite Life and TSL), Disney Channel, 2005.

Himself, Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (also known as Ellen and The Ellen DeGeneres Show), syndicated, 2005.

Himself, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (also known as The Late Late Show), CBS, 2005.

Himself, Punk'd (also known as Harassment), MTV, 2005 (multiple episodes).

Himself, Rove Live, Ten Network (Australia), 2005 (multiple episodes).

Himself, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, NBC, 2005.

Himself, Top of the Pops, [New Zealand], 2005.

Himself, The View, ABC, 2005.

Himself, Live with Regis and Kelly, syndicated, 2005, 2006.

Himself, Total Request Live (also known as TRL and Total Request with Carson Daly), MTV, multiple episodes in both 2005 and 2006.

Himself, "Episode 4," Holly & Stephen's Saturday Showdown (also known as Ministry of Mayhem and M.O.M.), Independent Television (England), 2006.

Himself, "Six Cut to 5," Celebrity Duets, Fox, 2006.

Himself, "Six Perform," Celebrity Duets, Fox, 2006.

Himself, "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody: Taking over the Tipton," Mike's "Super Short Show" (also known as Super Short Show), Disney Channel, 2006.

Himself, Fridays (also known as Cartoon Network's "Fridays"), Cartoon Network, 2006.

Himself, The Megan Mullally Show (also known as Untitled Megan Mullally Project), syndicated, 2006.

Himself, The Sharon Osbourne Show (also known as Sharon), syndicated, 2006.

Himself, Today with Des and Mel, Independent Television, 2006.

(In archive footage) Himself, Video on Trial, MuchMusic, 2006.

Appeared in episodes of other series, including Good Morning America (also known as GMA), ABC; Maury (also known as The Maury Povich Show and The Maury Show), syndicated; and The Rosie O'Donnell Show, syndicated.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Cameron Cruz, The Strange Legacy of Cameron Cruz, Nickelodeon, 2002.

Bradin Westerly, Summerland, The WB, 2004.

Television Work; Movies:

Performer of the song "Good Life," Stuck in the Suburbs, Disney Channel, 2004.

Film Appearances:

Simon Baskin, The Pirates of Central Park (short film), Stone Entertainment, 2001.

Himself, The Biggest Fan, Quick Feather Pictures, 2002.

Justin, Pizza, IFC Films, 2005.

Title role, Keith, Conquistador Worldwide Media, c. 2007.

Film Work:

(With Dream Street) Song performer, The Biggest Fan, Quick Feather Pictures, 2002.

McCartney's music as a solo artist and with Dream Street has appeared in various productions, including films, television programs, and videos.

Stage Appearances:

Oliver Twist (title role), Oliver! (musical), 1994.

Louis, The King and I (musical), 1995, 1997.

Young Scrooge, A Christmas Carol (musical), Madison Square Garden, New York City, beginning c. 1998.

Salute to Broadway, 2002.

Also appeared as Little Jake in the musical Annie Get Your Gun.

Major Tours:

Appeared as Louis in the musical The King and I, U.S. cities.

RECORDINGS

Albums:

JMac (EP), 2003.

Beautiful Soul, Hollywood Records/Universal, 2004, released with bonus tracks, Sony, 2005.

Live: The Beautiful Soul Tour, Hollywood Records, 2005.

Right Where You Want Me, Hollywood Records, 2006.

Albums; with the Sugar Beats:

How Sweet It Is, Sugar Beats, 1998.

Wild Thing (also known as Wildthing), Sugar Beats, 1999.

Car Tunes, Sugar Beats, 2000.

Sugar Beats Christmas, Sugar Beats, 2001.

Albums; with Dream Street:

Dream Street, Edel America Records, 2000.

It Happens Every Time, Atlantic, 2000.

The Biggest Fan (soundtrack), Sony, 2002.

Singles:

"Beautiful Soul," 2004.

(With Anne Hathaway) "Don't Go Breakin' My Heart," 2004.

"Because You Live," 2005.

"Get Your Shine On," 2005.

"She's No You," 2005.

"What's Your Name?," 2005.

"Just So You Know," 2006.

"Right Where You Want Me," 2006.

Singles; with Dream Street:

"It Happens Every Time," Edel America Records, 2000.

"They Don't Understand," 2000.

"With All My Heart," Edel America Records, 2000.

"I Say Yeah," Edel America Records, 2001.

McCartney's music as a solo artist and with Dream Street has appeared in various productions, including films, television programs, and videos.

Videos:

Performer, Dream Street: Live, Edeltone/Edel Entertainment, 2001.

Himself, Jesse McCartney/Live: The Beautiful Soul Tour—Concert DVD, Hollywood Records, 2005.

Himself, Up Close (also known as Jesse McCartney: Up Close), Hollywood Records, 2005.

Music Videos:

"Beautiful Soul," 2004.

(With Anne Hathaway) "Don't Go Breakin' My Heart," 2004.

"Because You Live," 2005.

"Get Your Shine On," 2005.

"She's No You," 2005.

"Right Where You Want Me," 2006.

Appeared in other music videos.

Video Games:

Voice of Roxas, Kingdom Hearts II (also known as Kingudamu hatsu II), Square Enix, 2005.

WRITINGS

Albums:

JMac (EP), 2003.

Beautiful Soul, Hollywood Records/Universal, 2004, released with bonus tracks, Sony, 2005.

Live: The Beautiful Soul Tour, Hollywood Records, 2005.

Right Where You Want Me, Hollywood Records, 2006.

Singles:

"Beautiful Soul," 2004.

"Because You Live," 2005.

"Get Your Shine On," 2005.

"She's No You," 2005.

"What's Your Name?," 2005.

"Just So You Know," 2006.

"Right Where You Want Me," 2006.

Music for Videos:

Jesse McCartney/Live: The Beautiful Soul Tour—Concert DVD, Hollywood Records, 2005.

Up Close (also known as Jesse McCartney: Up Close), Hollywood Records, 2005.

OTHER SOURCES

Periodicals:

Age, June 5, 2005.

Blender, June, 2005, p. 26.

Chicago Tribune, December 14, 2004.

Entertainment Weekly, March 11, 2005, p. 91.

Girl Power, February, 2005, p. 72.

New York Post, January 10, 2005.

Star Tribune: Newspaper of the Twin Cities (Minneapolis), May 13, 2005.

Teen People, April, 2005, p. 106; June, 2005, p. 124.

Toronto Sun, December 5, 2004.

USA Today, December 13, 2004.

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McCartney, Jesse

Jesse McCartney

Singer, songwriter, actor

Singer and actor Jesse McCartney has the pop idol good looks, winning smile, and personality to make him a star, but he was not an overnight success. A Broadway vet and a Daytime Emmy-nominated soap opera actor before he could drive, McCartney began his career in entertainment at an early age. With the children's vocal group Sugar Beats to his days in boy band Dream Street, it was really with McCartney's 2004 solo debut Beautiful Soul, and a starring role on the TV show Summerland, that by 2005 made McCartney the new teen dream. With a more mature sound on his sophomore album and more daring acting roles in his future, McCartney (known to many of his fans as Jesse Mac), aims to mature with each project he does. Often called a new Justin Timberlake for the younger generation, like the former *NSYNC star, McCartney never shied away from classic pop music. "Pop is always gonna be ragged on," McCartney told Entertainment Weekly, "but pop will never die."

Born on April 9, 1987, McCartney grew up in Westchester, a suburb of New York. After singing, acting, and dancing in local musicals, at 10 years old, McCartney was performing in the Broadway production of The King and I and later A Christmas Carol (with The Who's Roger Daltry). "I thrived on getting the loudest applause that I could get," McCartney admitted to Teen People about his earliest inclinations of stardom. "Since I was seven, it's been all about making people happy." McCartney excelled at both singing and acting, and pursued both avenues. From 1997 through 2000, with a handful of other children singers, McCartney recorded a number of albums under the moniker Sugar Beats. The Sugar Beats' album collections contained classic rock and pop songs of the '60s and '70s sung by groups of kids. Sugar Beats' 1998 record, How Sweet It Is, earned a Grammy nomination for Best Children's album.

McCartney's next venture was with the grueling soap opera filming schedule. From 1998 through 2001, McCartney played the role of Adam Chandler, Jr., on the ABC long-running soap opera All My Children. McCartney was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series at both the 2001 and 2002 awards. In 1999, McCartney was chosen to be part of the new boy band Dream Street. The quintet released their self-titled debut in 2000 and their follow-up, The Biggest Fan, in 2002, before splitting up. "It was a great stepping stone for me. But that situation [Dream Street] just showed me how much I wanted to have creative input and go the solo artist route," he stated on his website. The singer was more than ready to begin his own career and write his own songs. "I grew up in a very musical household," he told Scholastic News. "My parents were both musicians and singer-songwriters, and we listened to a lot of legendary musicians, from the Beatles to James Taylor to Carole King to Ray Charles. That was engrained in my head early on and built a foundation of music and a taste in music. Eventually I found people I idolized on my own, people like Daniel Bedingfield, Craig David and Sting. They've all inspired me to make music."

The ground for a solo career began in a slew of songs for film soundtracks. In 2004, McCartney's songs could be found on the soundtrack albums to A Cinderella Story, Stuck in the Suburbs, and Ella Enchanted. In the meantime, he was finishing up his solo debut when he got a role on a new WB drama. Just months before his debut album was released, McCartney was reintroduced as Bradin Westerly, a bad boy surfer in the new TV show Summerland. The show only lasted one season, but coupled with the September release of his album, Beautiful Soul, 2004 was the year McCartney had dreamed of. With almost two years of work into his debut, Beautiful Soul topped the Billboard chart at number 15, with sales of over 1.5 million. "It took us two years to make this album," he stated on his website. "Part of that time was spent focusing where I wanted to go musically. In the process, I discovered my voice and the sound I wanted." With the sunny ballads "Beautiful Soul" and "She's No You," the latter which McCartney co-wrote, the teen was soon the new heartthrob on the block, a staple on MTV's TRL program. "… It's light and cheerful, but it has the sleek, sultry grooves that made Justified, [Justin Timberlake] a blockbuster …," wrote All Music Guide's Stephen Thomas Erlewine.

In 2005, McCartney won Teen Choice Awards for Best Crossover Artist, Choice Music Breakout Artist Male, and Choice Music Male Artist, and the video for "Beautiful Soul" was nominated for Best Pop Video at the MTV Video Music Awards. The cancellation of Summerland didn't stop McCartney from keeping up his popularity. After a big Australian fall tour in 2005 with the Backstreet Boys and the following spring, McCartney won the award for Favorite Male Singer at the 2006 Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards.

For McCartney's sophomore solo record, the singer wanted to demonstrate that he had matured as a person and as a songwriter. Co-writing nearly every song, in September 2006, McCartney released Right Where You Want Me. The title track served as the record's first single and with its edgier subject matter and heavier beats, McCartney displayed the voice of a young adult who had experienced more in life. He was careful, however, not to alienate his younger fans. With a production team that included John Shanks (Kelly Clark-son, Ashlee Simpson), Marti Frederiksen (Pink), and others, McCartney used Right Where You Want Me as a way to express himself artistically and emotionally, something he was never able to do in his earlier work. Touring around the world and back, McCartney experienced the ups and downs of the entertainment business, learning everywhere he went. "After being on the road … traveling the world, being inspired by different cultures and taking it all in, the songs just started flowing out of me," he said on his website. "I became more aware of people, the world and how it works. It was a challenge and ultimately satisfying to put that to a melody."

In addition to McCartney's music, he plans to take more mature acting roles. In 2006, he filmed the independent film Keith. In his first feature length film role, McCartney took on a darker character, something his young fans might not expect, or should even possibly see. The actor hopes to take on more serious roles, and maybe someday move into directing, while keeping his music going.

Selected discography

(With Dream Street) Dream Street, Atlantic, 2000.
(With Dream Street) The Biggest Fan, Sony, 2002.
(Contributor) A Cinderella Story (soundtrack), Hollywood, 2004.
(Contributor) Ella Enchanted (soundtrack), Hollywood, 2004.
(Contributor) Stuck in the Suburbs (soundtrack), Disney, 2004.
Beautiful Soul, Hollywood, 2004.
Right Where You Want Me, Hollywood, 2006.

For the Record …

Born Jesse McCartney on April 9, 1987, in New York, NY; son of Ginger and Scot McCartney.

Joined the children's singing group Sugar Beats, 1998; featured on four albums, 1998–2000; joined boy band Dream Street, 1999; released Dream Street, Atlantic, 2000; The Biggest Fan, Sony, 2002; Dream Street disbanded, 2000; released solo debut Beautiful Soul, Hollywood, 2004; released sophomore album Right Where You Want Me, Hollywood, 2006.

Awards: Teen Choice Awards, Best Crossover Artist, Choice Music Breakout Artist Male, and Choice Music Male Artist, 2005; Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Award, Favorite Male Singer, 2006.

Addresses: Record company—Hollywood Records, 500 S. Buena Vista St., Burbank, CA 91521, website: http://www.hollywoodrecords.go.com. Website—Jesse McCartney Official Website: http://www.jesse mccartney.com.

Sources

Periodicals

Entertainment Weekly, March 11, 2005, p. 91.

Teen People, May 1, 2005, p. 106.

Online

Hollywood Records' Jesse McCartney Official Website, http://hollywoodrecords.go.com/jessemccartney/ (November 10, 2006).

"Jesse McCartney," All Music Guide, http://www.allmusic.com (November 10, 2006).

"Jesse McCartney: All in a Day's Work," Scholastic News, http://content.scholastic.com/browse/article.jsp?id=7488 (November 10, 2006).

Jesse McCartney Official Website, http://www.jessemac.com (November 10, 2006).

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