Whitney Woerz is a longtime Jesse McCartney fan. So, when she was given the opportunity to open for him on his The Resolution Tour, she jumped at the chance.
“Oh my goodness, I’m such a fan,” says Woerz, who opens for McCartney at The Van Buren on Thursday, February 7. “It’s seriously incredible. Amazing, amazing. He’s such a genuine person. The whole crew and everybody are amazing and it’s perfect.”
In addition to joining McCartney’s tour, Woerz released a behind-the-scenes video, “The Making Of ‘Love Me Not.’” It features footage of Woerz’s time in the studio recording her Billboard-charting single that has received more than 52 million views on YouTube.
The high school student’s strength as a songwriter poignantly and accurately depicts a multitude of relevant teenage issues. She is a teen ambassador for Glenn Close’s nonprofit organization, BringChange2Mind.
“At 13, there was this girl I only knew from social media,” the 18-year-old says. “She lives in California and I reached out because she said she wanted to kill herself. I didn’t know what that meant at the age of 13.
“I called the suicide hotline and saved her life. I wrote a poem for her, put it to a melody and sent it to her that night. It inspired her to get professional help and keep going. I like writing music to let people know they’re not alone. She’s now five years clean of cutting herself.”
She hears similar stories whenever she performs. It’s moving, she says, and keeps her going as well.
At her Van Buren show, Woerz says fans will hear “a lot of new music; 80 percent unreleased music.”
“I’m also doing this drum feature,” she says enthusiastically. “I take over and play a little groove and do this stand-up thing. I play piano. It’s a really interactive, really cool set.”
Jesse McCartney w/Whitney Woerz, The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren Street, Phoenix, 480.659.1641, thevanburenphx.com, 8 p.m. Thursday, February 7, $25-$149. 13 and older.