Short Biography Chart-topping singer Jesse McCartney released his solo debut, Beautiful Soul, in 2004. An infectious mix of rock, pop and R&B, the album was an international hit, earning McCartney an American Music Award nomination for Best New Artist, an MTV Award nomination for Best Pop Video and three Teen Choice Awards. The singer began his career at an early age, making his Broadway debut in The King and I when he was only 10 and later singing in the Grammy-nominated kids group Sugar Beats and the platinum-selling band Dream Street. In summer 2006, McCartney released Right Where You Want Me, the highly anticipated follow-up to Beautiful Soul. The album, co-written by McCartney, ranges from soulful R&B ("Just Go") to high-energy rock ("Blow Your Mind"). McCartney has also had a successful acting career, appearing on the hit TV shows Summerland and All My Children and the forthcoming film Keith.
In-depth Biography Pop singer and actor Jesse McCartney was a child performer dynamo, singing on Broadway and landing an acting gig on All My Children before even joining his first boy band, a feat that came at the age of 12. Teen poppers Dream Street scored a platinum album with their self-titled debut before spinning off the careers of Chris Trousdale and McCartney himself, who started contributing music to children's films like Cinderella Story ("The Best Day of My Life"), Stuck in the Suburbs ("Good Life"), and Ella Enchanted, for which he performed a version of Elton John's "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" with star Anne Hathaway. McCartney returned to acting in 2004 with a role on the WB teen drama Summerland. He also finished up work on his first solo full-length. "Beautiful Soul" was the album's title track and lead single, and its smooth blend of pop/rock sensibilities punched up with R&B inflections and danceable beats proved to be a template for the record itself. Beautiful Soul was issued in September 2004 and eventually peaked at number 15 on the Billboard 200. McCartney returned in 2005 with a live album documenting his Soul tour. Right Where You Want Me, McCartney's proper sophomore effort, arrived in fall 2006. After co-writing with such in-demand producers as Sean Garrett, J.R. Rotem, the Clutch, and others, McCartney released his third album, Departure, in 2008. He also co-wrote Leona Lewis' mega-hit "Bleeding Love" alongside Ryan Tedder, the frontman of OneRepublic. ~ Johnny Loftus, Rovi