Jesse McCartney, known for his many roles on Disney Channel and albums released in 2004, is now crossing into a new generation.
McCartney is coming to The Van Buren on Thursday, February 7, to perform for longtime fans and those who are just getting to know him.
On The Resolution Tour, McCartney calls his show “an hour and 20 minutes of straight fun” with a slew of oldies.
“There are fans who are young moms who are in their early thirties who were definitely there during the ‘Beautiful Soul’ days… and now those moms are bringing their 3- or 4-year-olds.”
In 2014, McCartney pressed pause on music and focused on his acting career. Specifically, he guest starred on AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead and Freeform’s Young & Hungry. Although acting demanded much of his time, McCartney says he was never fully removed from the music industry. “I definitely was still writing, I just wasn’t releasing music,” McCartney says.
In 2018, the 31-year-old singer, songwriter and actor made his musical comeback with the singles “Better with You” and “Wasted.”
Even with 20-plus years in the entertainment industry, McCartney was a bit nervous to return and debut his new music.
“I definitely was skeptical about what the reaction was. I wasn’t sure if the fanbase had moved on or if they just weren’t really interested.”
Now, “Better with You” has more than 10 million streams on Spotify and “Wasted” reaching over 3 million.
Explaining “Better with You,” McCartney says the condition of the United States government inspired the lyrics behind his charting song.
“It came at a time when there was a lot going on in the country. There was a lot of contentiousness, there was a lot of division with the election going on and it just felt like the song’s timing really, I think had a lot to do with it, too.”
McCartney says the song resembles the sound of “Beautiful Soul,” but with “a fresh contemporary sound.” “Wasted,” McCartney’s latest release, is about “wanting more from a girl than just being a booty call.”
He has finished a couple songs and half the album.
“I’m going to release one or two (singles) at a time, coming up in the next few months just to keep everybody on the line.”
Overall, McCartney’s new project has no central theme, but he says “it’s really going to speak to my personality. At the end of the day, I’m really lighthearted and a goofball.”
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.