Jesse McCartney was born in New York City, New York to Scott
McCartney and Ginger Sarber, who is now one of his managers; his
maternal grandparents, Dick and Joyce Sarber, are from Ukiah,
Mendocano County, California. McCartney is of Scottish, Irish,
and English ancestry and is a Born-again Protestant Christian.
In 1988 the McCartneys 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 McCartney (born July 17, 1991),
and is not related to former Beatles singer Paul McCartney.
Jesse 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 Sugar Beats as a vocalist. One of the group's albums, How Sweet It Is (1998), was nominated for a Grammy.
At the age of twelve, McCartney joined the boy band Dream Street, and was a member from 2000 to 2002. McCartney has described the experience as a good "stepping stone" for his solo career. The group earned a platinum 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".
Jesse released his first solo EP, JMac, 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. McCartney's 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. 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.
Jesse McCartney's first solo 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 at the Madera District County Fair
in Madera, California. McCartney has also performed at many
amusement parks, including Six Flags and Paramount 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". His personal favorite
performance was at Toms River, New Jersey. This concert featured
a new band, comprised of 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 the fall of 2005, Jesse McCartney toured Australia, and opened for the Backstreet Boys in Europe. His next album, entitled Right Where You Want Me, is scheduled to be 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 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". McCartney will launch a new tour after the album's release.
Jesse 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, McCartney played Bradin Westerly on the short-lived WB series Summerland, which was the top summer opener in WB history. That same year, he also modeled for Abercrombie & Fitch.
McCartney will star in the film Keith, which is currently scheduled for a 2007 release, opposite Margo Harshman and Elisabeth Harnois. He is also the voice actor for Roxas in the US release of the video game Kingdom Hearts II, and the voice of Peter in Disney's direct to DVD "Tinkerbell".
Jesse McCartney enjoys sports, especially baseball, bowling, and surfing, which he learned while filming Summerland. He has donated proceeds of his 2005 "Beautiful Soul" 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.
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