Jesse McCartney's 'beautiful soul' to perform at Emens

Jesse McCartney performs in concert in Raleigh, North Carolina, August 20, 2013. (Scott Sharpe/Raleigh News & Observer/MCT)
Jesse McCartney performs in concert in Raleigh, North Carolina, August 20, 2013. (Scott Sharpe/Raleigh News & Observer/MCT)

The wait is over — at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, singer, songwriter and actor Jesse McCartney will be performing in John R. Emens auditorium.

With a diverse set of skills and talents, McCartney’s career has taken him from singing to composing and acting. His works have ranged from four studio albums, acting in films such as “Alvin and the Chipmunks” and making several appearances on hit TV shows such as “Law and Order,” “Law and Order SVU,” “CSI" and "All My Children."

Because of the name he has made for himself and how well known he is to so many, the buildup to this event has created quite the buzz at Ball State.

“We are excited about the positive response Jesse McCartney’s performance has received from the campus and community,” said Kristi Chambers, assistant director of marketing and communications for Emens Auditorium.

For many students here, he represents a part of their childhood after seeing him on perform on hit Disney Channel shows such as “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody” and “Hannah Montana.”

Those who attend may be hit with a sense of nostalgia, or as sophomore speech language pathology major Sydney Susaraba put it, “a blast from the past.”

“I wanted to go to this concert because it is like a blast from the past. I listened to Jesse when I was in middle school and I knew all of his songs,” Susaraba said. “Even to this day, I know all the words to the songs even though I haven't listened to them in forever.”

Even as his fans get older, they still can’t get his catchy songs out of their heads and they are filled with just as much joy as if they would have seen him live when they were kids.

“I want to see Jesse McCartney because I loved when I was a kid and grew up listening to his music,” said Maddie Kupiainen, a sophomore elementary and special education major.

McCartney’s hits include songs such as “Beautiful Soul,” “Leavin'” and “She’s No You,” which are all throwbacks both Susaraba and Kupiainen hope he will perform.

Not only does his music make students think about the good old days, but for some, his songs can also have sentimental value.

“Even my boyfriend and I say that we have a couple of his songs that are 'our songs,'” Susaraba said.

Although McCartney will only be here one night, Emens works hard in order to provide Ball State students and those in the community with other exciting and talented performances that are all listed on its website.

“There are many performances each season, much of which we hope will generate the same excitement seen by the campus and community for McCartney’s performance,” Chambers said.

Other performances this semester include The Wailin' Jennys, Cirque Mechanics: Pedal Punk, the GuGu Drum Group of Shanghai and a performances of the broadway musical "Mamma Mia!"

For more information on upcoming shows and performances, check out the Emens webpage.

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