Jonas Brothers

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The Jonas Brothers are an American pop-rock band from Wyckoff, New Jersey made up of three brothers: Kevin, Joe, and Nick Jonas. They have released two albums - It's About Time in 2006, and Jonas Brothers in 2007, and will release A Little Bit Longer in 2008.

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Band biography


Nick Jonas: Discovery and solo album (1999-2005)

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The band started as a solo project of Nicholas Jonas. When Nick was 6 years old, he was discovered while singing at a barber shop and was referred to a professional show business manager. At the age of 7, Nicholas began performing on Broadway. He had acted in several plays, including A Christmas Carol (in 2000 as Tiny Tim and Scrooge at eight), Annie Get Your Gun (in 2001 as Little Jake), Beauty and the Beast (in 2002 as Chip), and Les Misérables (in 2003 as Gavroche). After Les Misérables closed, he performed in The Sound of Music (as Kurt) at the Paper Mill Playhouse.

In 2002 while performing in Beauty and the Beast, Nicholas had written a song with his father called "Joy To The World (A Christmas Prayer)." With background vocals from the Beauty and the Beast cast, Nick performed the song on the 2002 annual Broadway "Equity Fights AIDS" album, Broadway's Greatest Gifts: Carols for a Cure, Vol. 4. In November 2003, INO Records received a demo copy of "Joy To The World (A Christmas Prayer)." The label released the song to Christian radio, where it quickly became popular on Record & Radio's Christian Adult Contemporary Chart. While Nicholas was working on his solo project, Joseph followed in his footsteps to Broadway, appearing in Baz Lurhmann's production of La Boheme.

By September 2004, an executive at Columbia Records found out about Nick's song. Nick was soon jointly signed to INO Records and Columbia Records and released the single "Dear God." A second single, "Joy To The World (A Christmas Prayer)" (a new solo recording), was released on November 16. It was supposed to be followed by a December release of a self-titled solo album, but the album had been pushed back; it did, however, get a limited release. Nick, along with Kevin and Joe, had written several other songs for the album.

In early 2005, Columbia Records' new president, Steve Greenberg, listened to Nick's record. While Greenberg did not like the album, he did like Nick's voice. After meeting with Nick and hearing the song, "Please Be Mine," written and performed by the brothers, Daylight/Columbia Records had decided to sign the three as a group act. However, on May 17, 2005, one song from the original album, "Crazy Kind of Crush on You," was released on the Darcy's Wild Life soundtrack.

Track listing of Nicholas Jonas's solo album:

  1. "Dear God" - 3:12
  2. "Time for Me to Fly" (Nick's Version) - 3:31
  3. "Appreciate" - 3:08
  4. "When You Look Me In the Eyes" (First Version) - 4:01
  5. "Higher Love" - 3:54
  6. "Please Be Mine" (Nick's Version) - 4:04
  7. "I Will Be the Light" - 4:16
  8. "Don't Walk Away" - 3:35
  9. "Joy to the World (A Christmas Prayer)" - 3:58
  10. "Crazy Kind of Crush On You" - 2:54
  11. "Wrong Again" - 3:55

It's About Time (2005-2006)

After being signed to Columbia, the brothers considered naming their group "Sons of Jonas" before settling on the name "Jonas Brothers."

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Throughout 2005, the Jonas Brothers went on several tours, including Kelly Clarkson, Jesse McCartney, the Backstreet Boys, and The Click Five. They spent the latter portion of the year on an anti-drug tour with Aly & AJ and The Cheetah Girls. Additionally, they opened for The Veronicas in early 2006.

For the album, titled It's About Time, the band collaborated with several writers, including Adam Schlesinger (Fountains of Wayne), Michael Mangini (Joss Stone), Desmond Child (Aerosmith, Bon Jovi), Billy Mann (Destiny's Child, Jessica Simpson) and Steve Greenberg (Joss Stone, Hanson). The album was initially supposed to be released in February 2006, but was pushed back several times. The delay was due to executive changes at Sony (the parent company of Columbia) and the executives' desire to have "another lead single" on the album. For the album, the Jonas Brothers covered two hit songs by UK band Busted - "Year 3000" and "What I Go to School For".

The Jonas Brothers' first single, "Mandy," was released on December 27, 2005. Its music video was shown on MTV's Total Request Live on February 22, 2006 and reached number four. Another song, "Time for Me to Fly," was released on the Aquamarine soundtrack, also in February. In March, "Mandy" was featured in the Nickelodeon television film Zoey 101: Spring Break-Up and the Zoey 101: Music Mix soundtrack album, with Nicholas Jonas listed as the artist name. The group's music was also featured on Cartoon Network's Cartoon Cartoon Fridays. The band covered "Yo Ho (A Pirate's Life for Me)" from Pirates of the Caribbean for the DisneyMania 4 album, released on April 4, 2006. Over the summer of 2006, the Jonas Brothers went on tour with Aly & AJ. The Jonas Brothers also created the theme song for the second season of American Dragon Jake Long, airing from June 2006 to September 2007 on the Disney Channel.

It's About Time was finally released on August 8, 2006. According to the band's manager, it was only a "limited release" of 50,000 copies. Because Sony was not interested in further promoting the band, the Jonas Brothers then considered switching labels.

On October 3, 2006, Nick's 2004 solo single, "Joy to the World (A Christmas Prayer)", was re-released on Joy to the World: The Ultimate Christmas Collection. Also in October, the Jonas Brothers covered "Poor Unfortunate Souls" from The Little Mermaid. Along with a music video, the song was released on a two-disk special-edition release of The Little Mermaid soundtrack. The second single from It's About Time was "Year 3000." The song became popular on Radio Disney, and the music video debuted on Disney Channel in January 2007.

The band was ultimately dropped by Columbia Records in early 2007.

Jonas Brothers (2007-2008)

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After shortly being without a label, the Jonas Brothers signed with Hollywood Records in February 2007. Around the same time, brothers began appearing in commercials for Baby Bottle Pops, singing the jingle. On March 24, two additional songs on two different albums were released: "Kids of the Future" from the Meet the Robinson's soundtrack (Based on Kim Wilde's "Kids in America"), and "I Wanna Be like You" from DisneyMania 5.

Their self-titled second album, Jonas Brothers, was released on August 7, 2007. It reached number five on the Billboard Hot 200 chart in its first week. Two singles with music videos were also released around this time - "Hold On" two weeks before, and "SOS" just after the release of the album.

In August, the Jonas Brothers made several appearances on television. On August 17, they guest-starred in an episode of the Disney Channel show Hannah Montana titled "Me and Mr. Jonas and Mr. Jonas and Mr. Jonas". They also performed "We Got the Party" with Miley Cyrus in the episode, which premiered after High School Musical 2 and was viewed by 10.7 million people that night. On August 24, the Jonas Brothers performed two songs at the Miss Teen USA contest. The following day, the closing ceremonies of the Disney Channel Games was aired, featuring a performance from the Jonas Brothers. The games were taped on April 27, 2007 in Orlando, Florida. On August 26, the Jonas Brothers co-presented an award with Miley Cyrus at the Teen Choice Awards. They also performed at the American Music Awards on November 18, 2007, performing the song "SOS."

On November 22, 2007, the brothers appeared in the 81st annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. For their final performance of 2007, the three brothers performed their singles "Hold On" and "SOS" at Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve.

The Jonas Brothers kicked off their Look Me In The Eyes Tour on January 31, 2008 in Tucson, Arizona. They performed several new songs on the tour that will be on their 3rd studio album, A Little Bit Longer.

A Little Bit Longer (2008-present)

The Jonas Brothers third studio album, A Little Bit Longer, is set to be released in the United States on August 12, 2008.

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After the Look Me In The Eyes Tour had ended on March 22, 2008, the Jonas Brothers announced that they will be opening up for Avril Lavigne along with Boys Like Girls, but will only be going for the second leg of the tour in Europe.

The band had filmed a film for Disney Channel, called Camp Rock, where they play a band called "Connect Three." Joe plays the lead role, "Shane Gray," love interest of Demi Lovato; Nick plays the role of "Nate"; and Kevin plays "Jason." A soundtrack for the movie was released on June 17, 2008. The movie will premiere on June 20 in the USA on Disney Channel and Canada on Family Channel. It will air around the world throughout the summer.

Their Disney Channel reality short series, Jonas Brothers: Living the Dream, premiered on Disney Channel on May 16, 2008 and documents their lives on the Look Me In The Eyes Tour.

In the summer, the Jonas Brothers will start their North American tour, the Burning Up Tour, promoting A Little Bit Longer. The tour kicks off July 4, 2008 at Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto, Ontario. A Disney Digital 3D production crew will be filming the two shows in Anaheim, CA on July 13 and 14, which will be made into a theatrical movie and will be released in theatres as a 3D concert movie in late January or early February 2009.

The track "Burnin' Up" was picked lead the album's promotion and planned to officially drop it via radio outlets on June 20. The single's music video is also scheduled to air that same day after the premiere of Camp Rock on the Disney Channel.

Touring


Jonas Brothers Fall 2005 Promo Tour

Jonas Brothers's first tour, Jonas Brothers Fall 2005 Promo Tour, began on November 5, 2005 and ended on December 17, 2005.

Jonas Brothers American Club Tour

From January 28, 2006 to March 3, 2006, the Jonas Brothers were on their Jonas Brothers American Club Tour, promoting their debut album with Columbia Records, titled It's About Time.

Marvelous Party Tour

On June 25, 2007, the Jonas Brothers began their prom-themed tour, Marvelous Party Tour in Lodi, NJ. The tour lasted for several months, ending on October 21 in Columbia, South Carolina.

Best of Both Worlds Tour

From October 18, 2007 to January 9, 2008, the Jonas Brothers opened for Miley Cyrus on her 54-date Best of Both Worlds Tour. The brothers started in St. Louis, Missouri and ended in Albany, New York.

The Jonas Brothers also appeared in the Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert film which was released on February 1, 2008. In the 3D movie, the brothers performed When You Look Me In the Eyes, Year 3000, and their duet with Hannah Montana, We Got the Party.

Look Me In the Eyes Tour

The Look Me In The Eyes Tour kicked off on January 31, 2008 at the Tucson Convention Center Music Hall in Tucson, Arizona and finished on March 22, 2008 at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey. At the end of the last show, the Jonas Brothers brought their family, friends, the opening bands, and crew members from the tour out on stage and sang Queen's "We Are the Champions." Opening acts included Rooney for every show, and Valora and/or Menudo for select shows.

Burning Up Tour

The Jonas Brothers will start their Burning Up Tour, on which they will be promoting their third studio album A Little Bit Longer, on July 4, 2008 at Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto, Ontario.

Future projects


Because of their major success with Disney and Hollywood Records, Disney has signed the brothers to a movie (Camp Rock - premieres June 20, 2008), two Disney Channel Original Series', a 3D concert movie, and a behind-the-scenes book.

  • Their Disney Channel Original Series, entitled J.O.N.A.S! (Junior Operatives Networking As Spies), stars the trio as a group of government hired spies. The show is expected to debut on Disney Channel in the fall of 2008.
  • Their second Disney Channel Original Series, Jonas Brothers: Living the Dream premiered on May 16, 2008 and follows the brothers on their Look Me In The Eyes Tour.
  • A Disney Digital 3D production crew will be filming the two Burning Up Tour shows in Anaheim, CA on July 13 and 14, which will be made into a theatrical movie and will be released in theatres as a 3D concert movie in late January or early February 2009.
  • The Disney Book Group will publish an exclusive behind-the-scenes book from the Jonas Brothers that will share never-before-seen photos along with exclusive commentary. The book will be published in fall 2008 and will give fans a backstage glimpse at the brothers.

Band In a Bus

Band In A Bus shows footage of the Jonas Brothers recording their third album, A Little Bit Longer, on their Gibson tour bus on the Best of Both Worlds Tour. It was said to be released as a DVD sometime in spring of 2008, though there has been no more indications since.

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The three Jonas Brothers - Nick, Joe, and Kevin, all wear purity rings on their left-hand ring fingers, signifying their promise to stay pure until marriage. They all started wearing the rings when their parents asked them if they wanted to. The brothers were interviewed by Details Magazine and Joe quoted that the rings are "promises to ourselves and to God that we'll stay pure 'til marriage." Nick stated the rings are "just one of our ways of being different than everybody else out there."

Charity


The Jonas Brothers earned about $12 million total in 2007. They have been donating 10% of their earnings to Nick's charity, Change for the Children Foundation.

Members


Current members

The brothers

  • Paul Kevin "Kevin" Jonas Jr. (born November 5, 1987) - lead guitar (usually a Gibson Les Paul) and background vocals. Kevin is the eldest of the band. Goes by Kevin rather than Paul. Kevin helped produce the bands' self-titled CD Jonas Brothers.
  • Joseph Adam "Joe" Jonas (also known as Lightning, or DJ Danger/Danger) (August 15, 1989) - lead vocals, tambourine, guitar in the song "A Little Bit Longer." Joe is the "middle Jonas." He originally had no intention of becoming a singer; he wanted to be a comedian and work on the show All That.
  • Nicholas Jerry "Nick" Jonas (born September 16, 1992) - lead vocals, guitar (usually a Gibson SG in the original red stain color), piano in the songs "When You Look Me in the Eyes" and "A Little Bit Longer", and drums in the song "Australia". Nick is the youngest brother in the band. On November 16, 2005 he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

Backup band

  • John Taylor - guitar. Helps produce for the boys as well as plays lead guitar. Resident of LA.
  • Greg "Garbo" Garbowsky - bass guitar. Been with the brothers since they started. Born and raised in New Jersey. Keeps a blog of life on the road with the boys.[57]
  • Jack Lawless (also known as "Flawless Lawless") - drums. Joined the band in early 2007. Born and raised in Monmouth County New Jersey.

Former members

Discography


  • 2005: Nicholas Jonas
  • 2006: It's About Time
  • 2007: Jonas Brothers
  • 2008: A Little Bit Longer

Filmography


Year Title Joe's Role Nick's Role Kevin's Role Notes
2007 Hannah Montana Joe Nick Kevin Guest appearance
2008 Disney Channel Games 2008 Joe Nick Kevin Themselves
2008 Best of Both Worlds Concert (3D) Joe Nick Kevin Main Role
2008 Jonas Brothers: Living the Dream Joe Nick Kevin Main Role
2008 Camp Rock Shane Gray Nate Jason TV Movie
2008 Band In A Bus Joe Nick Kevin DVD
2008 J.O.N.A.S! Joe Nick Kevin Main Role

Guest Appearances

Year Show Role Notes
2008 Live with Regis and Kelly Guest Interview and performance
2008 American Idol Guest Performance
2008 Rachael Ray Guest Denise Jonas (Mom) appeared
2008 C-SPAN Guest Presidential Dinner
2008 The Oprah Winfrey Show Guest Interview and performance
2008 The Ellen DeGeneres Show Guest Interview and performance
2008 Dancing with the Stars (US) Guest Performance
2008 Access Hollywood Guest Interview
2008 Kid's Choice Awards Guest Won "Best Group" Award
2008 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Guest Performance
2008 The Early Show Guest Performance
2008 Jimmy Kimmel Live Guest Interview and performance
2007 Yo on E! Guest Interview
2007 What Perez Sez Guest Won an Award
2007 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Guest Performance
2007 The Ellen DeGeneres Show Guest Interview and performance
2007 Walt Disney Day Parade Guest Performance
2007 Live with Regis and Kelly Guest Interview and performance
2007 Access Hollywood Guest Interview
2007 Good Morning America Guest Interview and performance
2007 Total Request Live Guest Interview
2007 New Year's Rockin' Eve 2008 Guest Performance
2007 Early Show Guest Performance
2007 Teen Choice Awards Guest Presented an award
2007 American Music Awards 2007 Guest Performance
2006 Total Request Live Guest Performance
2004 Early Show Guest Performance

Awards and nominations


  • Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Award 2008: Favorite Music Group Winner
  • What Perez Sez on VH1: Hottest Teen Sensation of 2007 Winner

Nominations

  • Poptastic! Awards: announced in May 2008 issue; winner TBA

External Links


Official Site
Official Fan Club
Official Myspace
Official Youtube Channel
Old Band in a Bus Site
Breakfast Breaks
RIAA Certification Database

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