Jesse McCartney

Jesse McCartney

PUBLIC, Just Seconds Apart

Sat, July 21

8:00 pm

Roseland Theater

Portland, Oregon


Jesse McCartney
Jesse McCartney
Singer-songwriter Jesse McCartney has had the kind of career that most young artists dream for themselves. Ask the New York-born artist to recall some of the highlights and he’ll tell you about meeting two U.S. presidents (Barack Obama and George W. Bush), playing to thousands of devoted fans in Tokyo (where he watched the non-English-speaking audience sing along to every word), and meeting his musical heroes Stevie Wonder and Craig David.

All that was done before the release of his 2018 single "Better With You," his first new music since his well-received 2014 album In Technicolor. It premiered on PAPER Magazine then climbed Spotify's US and Global viral charts. The press and performance swiftly came afterwards from Z100 with Elvis Duran, Paste Magazine, MTV, SiriusXM, Billboard, Huffington Post, and V Magazine. The success thus far has helped McCartney reconnect with a feeling that he hadn't had before with his music: the freedom to write as he wishes, everything from his perspective.

The turning point from boy band pop star to serious working artist began when McCartney co-wrote the Grammy Award-winning single “Bleeding Love” with Ryan Tedder, performed by Leona Lewis. An international mega-hit, “Bleeding Love” won a Grammy Award for “Record of the Year,” reached No. 1 in 35 countries. and became the best-selling single of 2008 worldwide.

McCartney’s next single "Wasted" reveals more of thoughtful yet self-deprecating side of him that often lay dormant in his earlier, "cleaner" years. The most exciting part is that his fans are coming along for the ride. “It's nice to be able to talk about things that the fans are also going through,” he says. “I think they feel connected to me because we did basically grow up together. When I was 16, they were in high school with braces on just like me, and now here we are; they’re playing my song at their wedding.”
Cincinnati-based PUBLIC is a pop/rock trio (RIYL, Neon Trees, The Killers) of young men that have a track record of breaking down barriers and show no signs of slowing down any time soon.

The band was discovered in February 2011 – literally at a battle of the bands – by Brian Penick of The Counter Rhythm Group, an artist development company that has worked with artists like Walk The Moon, Wussy and more. "I knew from the first thirty seconds of their opening song that something was there, and by the end of the first song ("Red") I knew that it could be big," recalls Penick. The sold out crowd of 500+ seemed to agree, as the band won the competition.

PUBLIC immediately took the to studio to record Red, their debut EP, with engineer Eric Tuffendsam (The Wonder Years, Mixtapes). Regional acclaim combined with strong sales and radio airplay propelled the band to supporting national acts at practically every show, ranging from Twenty One Pilots to Civil Twilight, in addition to appearances at festivals like Bunbury and the Midpoint Music Festival. PUBLIC's fans consistently packed shows, screaming lyrics and lining up for photo/autographs until well past show curfews. With praise from local and regional press, PUBLIC now had an entire community pushing them towards the top.

The next year led to even larger strides for the band, including appearances at festivals like CMJ, SXSW, CMW and more, in addition to supporting acts like Walk The Moon, Family of the Year and Pacific Air. Shows began to continually grow as they moved into larger rooms and local press labeled PUBLIC as the next act to break into the national scene. With the stream-only release of the band's next four singles, the music industry soon caught on, opening up conversations with managers, booking agents and labels for their next release. PUBLIC's hard work and fan support had put them in the perfect position.

PUBLIC is now aligning their dream team surrounding their next release, ready to hit the ground running. With a history built on community support, the band hopes to give back all that they can to their fans. PUBLIC's journey will be nothing short of amazing, and they want to share the experience with you.