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You're the one I wanna chase, you're the one I wanna hold...

Jesse Abraham Arthur McCartney (born April 9, 1987 in Ardsley, New York) is a Teen Idol, formerly of the Boy Band Dream Street. He released his first solo album in 2004. "Beautiful Soul" is regarded as the song that shot him to fame. He's also an actor and voice actor.

He achieved fame in the late 1990s on the daytime drama All My Children as JR Chandler. He later joined boy band Dream Street, and eventually branched out into a solo musical career.

Additionally, he has appeared on shows such as Summerland and Greek. He also is known for lending his voice as Theodore in Alvin and the Chipmunks and its sequels, as well as voicing the characters Roxas and Ventus in the Kingdom Hearts video game series, developed by Square Enix. He then voiced Robin/Nightwing for Young Justice.

Known for songs such as "Leavin'", "Beautiful Soul", "How Do You Sleep", "She's No You" "Shake" and "Right Where You Want Me".


His first album was known for its blue-eyed soul/pop vibe. His second album had some very Maroon 5 themes and chords, and his third album had some very Justin Timberlake vibes in it.

No relation to Paul McCartney.


  • Beautiful Soul (2004)
  • Right Where You Want Me (2006)
  • Departure (2008)
  • Have It All (2012)
  • In Technicolor (2014)

His acting credits include:

Tropes that apply to him:

  • Break-Up Song: "It's Over", "How Do You Sleep?", "Runnin", "Not Your Enemy", "Anybody", "Just Go".
  • Celebrity Voice Actor: Still counts as one to some degree, even though he's been doing it semi-regularly for years now.
  • Cover Version: The Stupid Things originally by Thicke
  • Darker and Edgier: He plays a pretty messed up and creepy person in his Law and Order episode. And his character on Fear the Walking Dead isn't exactly pleasant, to put it mildly.
  • Development Hell: AND HOW. His fourth album Have It All went through this
  • Ink-Suit Actor: What he more or less is for Terence in the Disney Fairies movies.
  • Intercourse with You: Present in albums second and third. All subtlety goes out the window on "Into Ya."
  • In Da Club: Get Your Shine On, Rock You, My Baby, Freaky...
  • Living Emotional Crutch: "Because You Live" is a sweet example.
    "Because you live
    I live..."
  • Love at First Sight: "What's Your Name?"
  • Love Is a Drug: "Relapse", "In My Veins".
  • Long Title: "Right Where You Want Me," "Why Is Love So Hard To Find?," "Why Don't You Kiss Her," "The Best Day of My Life"
  • New Sound Album / Genre Shift: "Departure" has an RNB edge none of his other albums have.
  • Obsession Song: Most of his first album is this.
  • Re-release the Song: 'Beautiful Soul' cleaned up for A Cinderella Story.
  • Refuge in Audacity: "Into Ya" throws all subtlety out the window for a hilarious result.
  • Silly Love Songs: Several, but one that is still pretty well-remembered is "Beautiful Soul."
  • Shout-Out:
    • His song 'The Stupid Things' has a line, "And feeling two feet small," a most likely nod to The Beatles' song, 'You've Got to Hide Your Love Away.'
    • The music video for 'Beautiful Soul' is heavily influenced by the film Y tu mamá también directed by Alfonso Cuarón. The video features several scenes that are lifted from Cuarón's film.
  • Signature Song: In his Teen Idol days, he was known mostly for just "Beautiful Soul". He was also the cowriter for Leona Lewis's signature song "Bleeding Love" and recorded a demo of it.
  • Star-Making Role: The Kingdom Hearts series reminded fans that he was a promising actor before hitting it big in the music scene.
  • Unplugged Version: He does extremely well live with just a guitar.
  • Updated Re-release: Departure was rereleased with five bonus tracks and called Recharged...

Don't want a minute to go to waste, I want you and your beautiful soul...


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