Jesse McCartney reminisces on success of Beautiful Soul



You may remember Jesse McCartney as the American heartthrob who emerged on to the pop music scene in 2004 and crept into the hearts of every teenage girl.

Now for the first time in 14 years, McCartney, 32, is returning down under to perform at the highly anticipated So Pop Music Festival in April 2020.

“I’m very curious to see what that reaction is going to be like after so many years,” McCartney tells 9Honey Celebrity.

Jesse McCartney during “A Cinderella Story” World Premiere. (Getty)

McCartney’s career dates back to a short stint in the American boy band Dream Street, and as a support act on Aaron Carter’s 2002 tour. But it was one particular song that put him on the map and catapulted him to instant stardom.

The 32-year-old’s debut single ‘Beautiful Soul’ hit number one on the ARIA charts and earned him numerous awards including Choice Breakout Male and Choice Male Artist at the Teen Choice Awards in 2005.

McCartney says that he’s still eternally grateful for the song that changed his life.  

“It’s the song that launched me and it’s the song that gave me a career and put me in homes around the world. I still perform it at every show, obviously, and it definitely never gets old for the audience I don’t think,” McCartney tells 9Honey Celebrity.

Jesse McCartney and Hilary Duff in 2005.
Jesse McCartney and Hilary Duff in 2005. (Getty)

“I think it was a very fresh sounding song back then and there wasn’t a lot of songs like it on the radio. It had a very positive message I think, and one of those songs that people still love.”

McCartney believes that the key to the track’s continued success is that it signifies a nostalgic moment for fans and “brings people back to when they were 16.”

But McCartney is far from being a one-trick pony. Since then, he’s released three studio albums that that have featured catchy tracks like ‘Leavin’ and more recently ‘Better With You’ in 2018.

He also happened to co-write Leona Lewis’ song ‘Bleeding Love’, which was given to her after his label turned it down.

Jesse McCartney.
Jesse McCartney. (Instagram)

“I loved the song, but the record company didn’t really connect with it very much and when it was decided that we weren’t going to use the song, Ryan Tedder —who I wrote the song with — decided to pitch it to Simon Cowell because Leona Lewis had just won The X Factor UK,” McCartney says.

“Simon loved it, and ended up cutting it and we were just thrilled to have somebody else record the song. It was just lying dormant on our catalogue and I’m glad that we did it because it ended up becoming a life-changing song for everyone involved.”

Aside from being a constant force in the music industry, McCartney has experience some personal milestones in the last year.

Former teen heart throb Jesse McCartney got engaged to his longtime girlfriend Katie Peterson.
Former teen heart throb Jesse McCartney got engaged to his longtime girlfriend Katie Peterson. (Instagram)

In September, McCartney proposed to his girlfriend Katie Peterson after seven years of dating.

“We met in a bar in LA which is kind of the old school way of meeting women, right?” McCartney says.

“We were chatting for a little bit and just ended up keeping in touch because she was going out of town the following day. So we were texting back and forth for a couple of weeks while she was gone and when she got back into town, I said I would take her out for dinner and the rest was history as they say.”

At this stage, there are no concrete wedding plans in place but McCartney is hoping to tie the knot in autumn next year.

Jesse McCartney and Katie Peterson in 2018.
Jesse McCartney and Katie Peterson in 2018. (Getty)

“We’re just trying to enjoy the engagement at this point and relish in the moment. I’m very busy with my touring so we are trying to find a time that works but I think, ideally, she would like to do it in the fall next year so we are going to try and make that happen if we can,” he says.

“We aren’t really that worried, you know, we’ve been together for seven years although she does say ‘You know, it’s taken seven years, so let’s jump on it.'”

Despite taking a short hiatus from music, McCartney has big plans to release an album in the new year.

It’s in the pipeline and it is nearly finished but we haven’t decided when the release will be but there will definitely be more music in 2020,” Jesse adds.

So Pop Australia and New Zealand music festival 2020
So Pop Australia and New Zealand music festival 2020 (Supplied)

So Pop Australia and New Zealand concert dates:  

RAC Arena, Perth — Wednesday, April 22

Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane — Friday, April 24

Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney — Saturday, April 25

Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide — Tuesday, April 28

Melbourne Arena, Melbourne — Thursday, April 30

Spark Arena, Auckland — Saturday, May 2

Horncastle Arena, Christchurch — Sunday, May 3

Pre-sale tickets on sale today, with general public tickets on sale Monday, December 9. For more details, visit at Ticketek.

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