For Departure, McCartney sought out many of today's biggest hitmaking producers. "Leavin'" was produced by Tricky and The-Dream (Rihanna's "Umbrella"), while other producers rounding out the album include Sean Garrett (Chris Brown, Usher), J.R. Rotem (Sean Kingston, Rihanna), The Clutch (Ciara, Mary J. Blige), and Eric Hudson (Kanye West), who Jesse describes as a young Quincy Jones. The chemistry between Jesse and Sean Garrett inspired the anthemic "Rock You," which features Sean Garrett's vocals on the track. Indeed, the sonically new and edgier pop/R&B sound is the perfect soundtrack to Jesse's growth as a songwriter and young man. The songs on Departure explore several facets of growing pains and interpersonal relationships. The UK and the US recently experienced a taste of McCartney's poignant songwriting with "Bleeding Love," a song he co-wrote with One Republic's Ryan Tedder for Brit Award nominee and X-Factor winner Leona Lewis. "Bleeding Love" became the top selling single in the UK in 2007.
Since releasing his debut solo album, Beautiful Soul in 2004, McCartney quickly went multi-platinum, racking up #1 chart positions all over the world, from Australia to Italy to Japan. McCartney garnered countless award nominations including an American Music Award for Best New Artist, an MTV Award for Best Pop Video, as well as several Kid's Choice and Teen Choice wins. As an actor, Jesse garnered two Emmy nominations, starred in the hit TV show "Summerland", and recently lent his voice to Theodore in the box office smash "Alvin & The Chipmunks."