At age 16, Jesse released his first solo album, Beautiful Soul, which sold over 1.8 million copies. In 2008, he co-wrote smash hit "Bleeding Love" with Ryan Tedder of One Republic for singer Leona Lewis which was a #1 hit in 34 countries – the only song in over a decade to achieve this. The song was nominated for a GRAMMY AWARD and in 2009 won ASCAP's song of the year. His single “Leavin’” from his third album, Departure, was #1 for five weeks and was Top 40 Radio's most played song of that year.
McCartney’s film credits include the teen cult classic, Keith, which won five international film festival awards, Beware The Gonzo, and Chernobyl Diaries, produced by Oren Peli, creator of the Paranormal Activity franchise. McCartney has also voiced characters for animated films, video games, and television series, including all three Alvin and the Chipmunks films, Horton Hears a Who, Kingdom Hearts, and Young Justice. On television, McCartney starred in the series Summerland, one of the the highest rated show on the WB during its 2 year run, and guest starred on Greek, Law & Order SVU, and CSI: Las Vegas. Jesse was twice nominated for an Emmy® for his work on All My Children.
McCartney is featured this season on the hit series Army Wives. He continues to write and record music with some of the biggest names in pop music.