Jesse McCartney

Jesse McCartney

PUBLIC, Just Seconds Apart

Sat, July 21

8:00 pm

Roseland Theater

Portland, Oregon


Jesse McCartney
Jesse McCartney
With the release of Jesse McCartney’s new single “Better With You” — his first new music since his well-received 2014 album ‘In Technicolor’ — it’s worth noting that the New York-born singer, songwriter, producer, and actor has had the kind of career that most young artists aspire to. With multiple platinum-selling tracks and a songwriting credit on Leona Lewis’s “Bleeding Love” under his belt, McCartney is ready to introduce his fans to who he is today.

His fans have been waiting almost four years since ‘In Technicolor,’ one of Spin Magazine’s Top Pop Albums of 2014. "It was a transitional time where I just let myself have some space from my career and get some perspective on life, something I really hadn’t had the freedom to do since I was 10. Then, a friend invited me to come to Nashville to do a songwriting camp for other artists,” McCartney recollects. “It triggered a huge surge in creative energy that led me to put this project and team together.” Now that he’s moving, McCartney has no intention of slowing down. He plans to release more music throughout 2018 and bring his dedicated fans along for the ride.

The deliberate attention McCartney pays to his craft is evident in the new songs he is gearing up to release this year, including “Better With You,” which he co-wrote with Brandyn Burnette, Molly Moore, and producer Rob Knox (Justin Timberlake, Rihanna). The acoustic-guitar-driven pop song is more sonically organic than the stylized, ’80s-inspired songs on In Technicolor and McCartney has re-vamped his visuals with art direction by Dewey Saunders (Anderson .Paak, Bridgit Mendler). “It feels fresh to me,” McCartney says. “This is a really strange time,” he says. “Things are contentious. I think a song about finding a safe place with a partner is an uplifting message.”
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.