When people think of the career of pop singer and actor Jesse McCartney they will undoubtedly find themselves thinking about the 2004 hit, Beautiful Soul. The single would go on to chart well across the globe, and is still one of the most popular tracks of the last fifteen years. But there is much more to the American performer than just this one song.
McCartney’s talent was clear from an early age. After a successful early stage career as a member of the cast of the musical The King and I at the age of 10, 1999 would mark the beginning of McCartney’s proper foray into the music business. From 1999 to 2002, he was a member of the boy band Dream Street, and the group would even go on to achieve a gold record for their debut self-titled album.
The band would eventually break up due to a legal dispute between the parent’s of the band members and the band’s management, but McCartney would look back on his time in Dream Street positively seeing it as a good stepping stone into the music industry.
2003 would see the release of the debut solo EP by the New York born performer, which would feature three original songs including the aforementioned Beautiful Soul. His star would continue to rise and 2004 would see him feature on the Ella Enchanted movie soundtrack where he would duet with actress Anne Hathaway on the track Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.
Later in September 2004 we would finally be treated to the debut solo album from Jesse McCartney, Beautiful Soul. The album would go on to be a commercial success, going platinum and would lead to McCartney winning multiple awards at the 2005 Teen Choice Awards, including Choice Crossover Artist.
After a brief period of touring and filming the 2008 film Keith, McCartney began working on his second album, entitled Right Where You Want Me. The album was eventually released in September 2006 and was seen as a much more mature and considered release from the performer. While not as commercially successful as his debut, it did chart in a number of countries across the globe and the lead single would make it into the Billboard 200.
After taking time out to focus on writing for a while, McCartney would release his third studio album in May 2008 before re-releasing it later in 2009, Departure. This would be another commercially successful release by the New York performer and the lead single Leavin would give McCartney his highest charting single up to that point as it reached 10 in the Billboard 200, eventually going platinum.
Some editions of Departure would even feature a version of the Leona Lewis song, Bleeding Love, that McCartney had co-written with Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic prior to the release of Departure.
There seemed to be no let up in the music being released by Jesse McCartney as the lead single from his fourth full length LP would reach radio stations in September 2010, Shake. Shortly afterwards a press release was unveiled saying that the album, Have It All would land in late December of that same year. But as many who work in the music industry will tell you, very rarely do these releases go according to plan and after a long period of disagreements with record label Hollywood Records management and TV filming timing conflicts we would never actually see Have It All get released. It wouldn’t be until May 2014 that we would hear new music from McCartney with the release of the single Superbad, which would act as the lead single to the fifth studio album from the performer, In Technicolor.
What followed would be a quiet period for McCartney and there would be no new music from the performer for the next few years with the performer deciding to take a break from the music scene.
However March 2008 would see a new video appear on the singers YouTube channel. Better With You would be the lead single from his upcoming sixth studio album, and would be accompanied with the announcement of a host of new tour dates as well.
It is clear that Jesse McCartney has a natural talent and charisma that has helped him to maintain a long and successful career, and there is obviously an undeniable passion for making music. These attributes make him worth keeping an eye on.