Jesse McCartney was a soap-opera star as a tween (JR Chandler on All My Children), a boy-bander until he was 15 (Dream Street), and a jack-of-all-trades with Disney ( The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, Hannah Montana, the voice of Terence in the Tinker Bell films). But at 27, the pop star is most assuredly all grown up now.
McCartney co-wrote the single Bleeding Love with OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder, which became a Grammy-nominated, chart-topping smash in 2008 for British pop-R&B artist Leona Lewis, and he has forged a successful solo career on the strength of hits including Beautiful Soul, Leavin’ and How Do You Sleep?
He takes the stage Monday night at Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale in support of his fourth album, In Technicolor, which hit the streets July 22.
“We’re doing about seven or eight songs from the new album,” McCartney says. “I think this is probably the most uptempo record I’ve done — there are more songs with that funk-pop feel. And I’d say this is probably the most difficult show that I’ve ever performed, because of its length, and also because 80 percent of the show is choreographed. It’s pretty full-on, and it’s lively, so you can expect a really entertaining, upbeat, high-energy performance.”
Not that the entire night will feel like a punishing aerobics class.
“There are definitely some moments where we bring the set down and do some ballads,” McCartney says, “because I just need a chance to rest [laughs]. And then of course we’re gonna do all the oldies, the ones the fans love to hear.”
Don’t expect to hear Bleeding Love, however.
“Actually, I’ve never really performed Bleeding Love in my live show,” he says. “I’ve done a couple acoustic performances of it in the past, but I’ll leave that to Leona. I have a couple ballads of my own that I think are equally as great. There’s a song I recently wrote called The Other Guy, and I think it’s probably one of the best songs I’ve ever written. It’s from a male’s perspective, which I think is really interesting, and it’s one of my proudest musical moments.”
Like many native New Yorkers, McCartney is especially fond of Miami.
“I think that’s where everyone from New York goes when it gets too cold,” he says with a laugh. “I love Miami and have a lot of friends down there. Miami’s one of those places where you feel good once you step off the airplane, and the fans and the radio station Y-100 have always been really supportive. It’s just great.”
Jesse McCartney performs at 7 p.m. Monday at Revolution Live, 200 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-727-0950 or www.jointherevolution.net; $22.