Nick Jonas Biography


Nicholas Jonas was born on September 16, 1992, in Dallas, Texas. He has been singing ever since he was little and has starred in several Broadway musicals. Some of them include Beauty and the Beast and A Christmas Carol. His band, the Jonas Brothers, include two of his brothers, Kevin and Joe. The band actually started as a solo project of his.

The Jonas Brothers started as a solo project of the youngest member and second youngest brother, Nick Jonas. Once the recording company became aware that he had two other musically talented brothers (Kevin and Joe), they were quickly signed to Columbia Records.[1] The brothers considered naming their group “Sons of Jonas,” before settling on the name the “Jonas Brothers”. Their father manages the group, and was in charge of getting the band’s record deals. The Jonas Brothers released their first album, It’s About Time, on August 8, 2006. After switching labels to Hollywood Records, their self-titled second album, Jonas Brothers was released on August 7th 2007.

The Jonas Brothers have been featured on MTV’s Total Request Live, with their music video for “Mandy” reaching number four.[2] The Jonas Brothers made number 2 in TRL’s top ten with their video “Hold On” from their second album. The group’s music has also been featured in the Nickelodeon television film Zoey 101: Spring Break-Up and on the Cartoon Network’s Cartoon Cartoon Fridays program. They have also reached the top of Radio Disney’s chart with their song “Year 3000″, followed by “Mandy”, “Hold On”, “Kids of the Future”, and “Poor Unfortunate Souls”. The brothers’ full names are Paul Kevin Jonas II, Joseph Adam Jonas, and Nicholas Jerry Jonas. There’s a fourth Jonas, Frankie Nathaniel Jonas, is also known as the ‘Bonus Jonas’ or ‘Frank the Tank’.

Ask the Jonas Brothers who they’re hoping to turn into fans with their new self-titled CD and they won’t say “everybody.” But that’s precisely what they’ll mean. “We’re aiming for people our age,” says 17-year-old Joe. “But we also wanna get kids younger than us,” adds 14-year-old Nick. “And older people, too,” 19-year-old Kevin pipes up.

The highly anticipated follow-up to the New Jersey siblings’ 2006 debut—which featured the TRL hit “Mandy”—The Jonas Brothers is sure to make good on the band’s goal: It’s a high-energy pop-punk disc overflowing with insanely catchy hooks, muscular guitar fuzz and mature songwriting that reveals just how much growing up the boys have done since we last heard from them.

Talk about something for everyone: In “S.O.S.” they attack a fierce dance-rock groove, while in “Hello Beautiful” they go soulful and acoustic. “Games” rides a laidback reggae groove the Police would envy, then switches gears into a zippy Ramones-style rave-up. “Hollywood” pairs a tricky funk beat with divebombing guitar lines,” and “When You Look Me in the Eyes” builds to a power-ballad crescendo. In “Goodnight and Goodbye,” the album’s most ambitious cut, they combine Warped Tour-style punk with musical-theatre trimmings inspired by Nick’s years on Broadway in Les Misérables and Beauty and the Beast. Throughout the album, the boys reflect on a variety of emotional hardships without losing their grip on the positive vibe that underpins all their music.

Remarkably eclectic yet bound together by the brothers’ trademark harmony vocals, the CD is the natural result of the wild times the Jonases have experienced lately. After spending much of 2006 supporting their debut on the road with tween-scene heavyweights such as Jesse McCartney, the Veronicas and Aly & AJ, the brothers found themselves reaching a new audience earlier this year when the Disney Channel put the band’s “Year 3000” video into heavy rotation. “As soon as that happened, the song entered the Top 10 on iTunes and our MySpace comments doubled,” Kevin marvels. “It was almost impossible to keep up with the new friend requests!”

It didn’t get any easier: The band’s profile continued to rise over the next few months thanks to appearances on Radio Disney and the Meet the Robinsons soundtrack, where the Jonases remade Kim Wilde’s “Kids in America” as “Kids of the Future.”

Eager to provide their quickly expanding fanbase with new music, the band entered L.A.’s Seedy Underbelly studio in February with producer John Fields, whose work on Switchfoot’s The Beautiful Letdown had made the boys huge fans of his. “John lives rock music,” Joe says of the producer, who’s also worked with Rooney and Pink. “We always thought it would be so cool to work with him.”

They worked quickly, recording the album from beginning to end in a mere 21 days, a feat they accomplished in part because they knew the material so well: Where their debut featured work by a handful of professional songwriters, The Jonas Brothers only contains songs penned by the Jonas Brothers themselves, with occasional assists by pals like Bleu (“That’s Just the Way We Roll”), P.J. Bianco (“When You Look Me in the Eyes”) and the boys’ own backing band (“Games”). “As brothers, we just know how to work together,” Nick explains.

“When we signed to Hollywood,” Kevin remembers, “we told the label, ‘Hey, we have some demos of songs we’ve been writing for the past year and a half.’ We thought it’d be so funny to just record those songs for the album to see what we could get away with. But those turned out to be the songs on the record!”

The brothers say their writing reveals a lifetime of influences—everything from My Chemical Romance to the Backstreet Boys to Weird Al Yankovic (with whom the band recently shared the stage at New Jersey’s Bamboozle festival). Still, what you really hear on The Jonas Brothers is the sound of three young musicians finding their own voice—their own distinctive blend of Nick’s way with an R&B vocal, Joe’s love of danceable beats and Kevin’s obsession with guitar solos.

“This album is so us,” says Joe. “The first one was us kind of coming into what the Jonas Brothers could be,” Kevin adds. “Whereas this one really shows off where we’re at right now.” The youngest Jonas but perhaps the wisest, Nick concludes thus: “We love what we’re doing and we want to do it for a while.”

Nicholas Jonas is a talented singer, dancer, songwriter, actor, and performer. At the tender age of eleven he has already starred in four Broadway shows, numerous commercials, and a variety of recorded works. He is a passionate performer. His vocal ability has been compared to a young Stevie Wonder and Donny Osmond. He wrote many of the songs he performs in concert.

His Broadway credits include performing in the role of Gavroche in Les Miserables. He was the last person to play the role of Gavroche in the Tony Award winning production. He also starred as Chip in Beauty and the Beast, Little Jake in Annie Get Your Gun with Reba McEntire and Crystal Bernard, and Tiny Tim and the Young Scrooge in A Christmas Carol ? the Musical at Madison Square Garden. His vocal and performing abilities have been highlighted in Broadway showcases, including yearly Easter Bonnets, Gypsy of the Year Events, outdoor performances, and a special Broadway Christmas recording, which included a song he wrote with his father. He is currently starring in the Papermill Playhouse version of The Sound of Music.

Nicholas is the founder of The Nicholas Jonas Change For The Children Foundation, a non-profit organization devoted to the needs of abused, homeless, and terminally ill children. He started this effort after seeing a homeless family on the streets of New York City. His heart is to see children touched through the efforts of other children, including his talented friends in the child-acting Broadway community.

Nicholas comes from a talented family. His mother and father are both singer/songwriters. His older brothers, Kevin and Joseph, are gifted actors, performers, and musicians. Joseph recently starred in the Broadway version of La Boheme. They are a wonderful team.

For Jonas Brothers, the last year has been all whirlwind, all the time. Yet somehow, on the road to becoming a pop culture phenomenon, the trio never broke a sweat – other than on the stage, giving their all, and living their dream. If anything, Jonas Brothers have embodied the calm within the storm. And since the release of their 2007 self-titled platinum CD, Kevin, Joe and Nick have used their time wisely. As they prove on their new Hollywood Records CD, “A Little Bit Longer,” Jonas Brothers have grown exponentially as songwriters, musicians and recording artists.

“The lyrical content has gotten more in-depth,” says Nick Jonas of the new album. “It’s about who we are as people and our personal lives, things we’ve gone through in the past 12 months.” That year was about much more than simply handling a media frenzy with grace and humor. The brothers also took stock of themselves. In the new album’s 12 songs – all written by Jonas Brothers – they put their feelings on the line, while still rocking the house as only they can.

Produced by John Fields (with Jon Lind and Kevin Jonas, Sr., serving as executive producers), “A Little Bit Longer” covers much musical and emotional ground, kicking off with the joyful jam “BB Good.” Says Joe of the track, “It’s a big sing-along song, and it’s fun.” The funky and danceable debut single, “Burnin’ Up,” keeps the party going, with Big Rob, the brothers’ hefty security guard, rapping midtrack. “It’s about this girl,” adds Joe. “Maybe she’s at a party, and you feel that immediate connection. You both know it’s there.”

Though relentlessly upbeat, most songs on “A Little Bit Longer” explore star-crossed standoffs and missed romantic opportunities. Songs like “Shelf,” the hard-rocking “Pushin’ Me Away” and “One Man Show” survey love’s unequal playing field, bad break-ups and the defiant isolation that follows. “‘Shelf’ is one my favorite songs on the record,” says Nick. “Basically, it’s about a girl that has a gallery of hearts.”

Other songs take a light-hearted look at the craziness of fame and fortune. “Video Girl” paints a portrait of the shallow wannabees dotting the entertainment landscape (” Move to L.A., got no talent/Not even like you won a Miss Teen pageant”), while “Love Bug” starts out as sweet-tempered acoustic love song before ending up a crashing Queen-like rocker.

Of course, the brothers made sure the album breathes. The power ballad “Sorry” features classic JB harmonies and an eternal message of forgiveness. But the song that will have people talking is “A Little Bit Longer,” Nick’s stunning account of his struggle with diabetes. With strings underscoring a plaintive piano/vocal, he sings about his battle (“A little bit longer and I’ll be fine/Waitin’ on a cure/But none of them are sure”). Recalls Nick, “I was having one of those days where I was discouraged. So I went into this empty hotel ballroom and wrote this song.” Adds brother Kevin, “Nick sings this song every night and it brings people to tears. It’s amazing.”

Considering the impact Jonas Brothers have had on music and culture recently, maybe it’s not so amazing. In the past 12 months, Jonas Brothers guest-starred on Disney Channel’s “Hannah Montana” before joining the show’s star, Miley Cyrus, on her sold-out $36 million-grossing “Best of Both Worlds” tour. They rung in the New Year performing live in New York’s Times Square on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rocking Eve, collected their RIAA-platinum plaques on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” sang from a White House balcony as guests of the President at the annual Easter Egg Roll, and even played on the hit shows “Dancing With the Stars” and the season finale of “American Idol.”

Sure, they had a blast with all of it. But bottom line: The Wycoff, N.J., natives are musical soul brothers every bit as much as they are blood brothers. For them, it has always been about the music.

Their first performances came years ago, in the family basement, when the three – usually led by Nick – would mount their own impromptu concerts. Encouraged by their always-supportive parents, they started getting commercial gigs, with Nick landing roles in Broadway musicals like “Les Miserables,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “A Christmas Carol – The Musical,” and “Annie Get Your Gun.” Joe auditioned, too, and landed a part in “La Boheme.” In 2005, the trio finally signed their first label deal, but it took a second time around, signing with Hollywood Records in 2006, for all the pieces of the puzzle to fit.

With the August 2007 release of their Hollywood debut, nothing more stood in their way. Their premiere single, “S.O.S.,” quickly hit 1 on iTunes. In most cities on their “Look Me In The Eyes” headline tour, concerts sold out in minutes. They shot their own reality TV series, “Jonas Brothers – Living the Dream.” Coming up, the brothers star in the Disney Channel original movie, “Camp Rock,” as well as their own Disney Channel comedy series this fall, titled “J.O.N.A.S.”

Up first, though, the release of “A Little Bit Longer” (complete with interactive CDVU+ interactive technology) and the brothers’ 46-date “Burnin’ Up” North American tour, as part of their multi-million dollar Live Nation deal. It may seem like a tall order to take on so much, but so far, Jonas Brothers have hit it out of the park every single at bat. Not hard to do when you’re young, talented and enjoying every minute of life. “We wake up every morning excited,” Kevin says, “because we get to do what we love.”


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