Actor and singer/songwriter Jesse McCartney recently visited The Recording Academy's headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., to participate in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview. McCartney discussed touring with the Backstreet Boys, his return to music with his new single "Back Together" from his forthcoming EP and his decision to transition from a major label to an independent label, among other topics.
"There's a quiet revolution of people who are even established deciding that they don't necessarily need this major label above them to make music and to make their fans happy," said McCartney on his decision to release his new single with independent label Eight0Eight Records. "I think that was my thought process going into this. … It just seemed like the appropriate move."
Born in New York, former "All My Children" actor McCartney kicked off his music career at age 12 as a member of the boy band Dream Street, whose 2001 self-titled debut album cracked the Top 40 on the Billboard 200 in 2001. In 2004 McCartney released his first solo album, Beautiful Soul. The album attained platinum status and landed at No. 15 on the Billboard 200 on the strength of the Top 20 title-track. McCartney's next two studio albums, 2006's Right Where You Want Me and 2008's Departure, both peaked within the Top 15, with the latter album spawning the Top 10 platinum-certified hit "Leavin'." In 2008 McCartney co-wrote Leona Lewis' "Bleeding Love," which topped the Billboard 100 in 2008 and garnered two GRAMMY nominations, including Record Of The Year.
"Back Together" is McCartney's first single from his upcoming EP, which is set for release Nov. 5. McCartney recently wrapped a U.S. tour opening for the Backstreet Boys.