Nicholas Jerry "Nick" Jonas (born September 16, 1989)[3] is an American singer, songwriter and actor, best known as one of the Jonas Brothers, a pop rock band he formed with his brothers Kevin and Joe. The Jonas Brothers originally started as an attempted solo singing career for Nick Jonas, but the record producer liked the sound when his brothers sang backup for him. Nick starred in the Disney Channel original movies Camp Rock and Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam, as well as the TV series Jonas L.A., alongside his brothers. He formed the band Nick Jonas & The Administration, which released its first album in 2010.

Jonas currently stars in the DirectTV drama series Kingdom which premiered on the Audience Network in the fall of 2014. He released his self-titled studio album the same year, preceded by the single "Jealous". In the fall of 2015, Jonas was also cast in a recurring role on the first season of the Fox horror comedy anthology series Scream Queens. His next album, Last Year Was Complicated, was released on June 10, 2016.

Life and career

1992–99: Early life

Nicholas Jerry Jonas was born in Dallas, Texas.[4] His mother, Denise (née Miller), is a former sign language teacher and singer, and his father, Paul Kevin Jonas, Sr., is a songwriter, musician, and former ordained minister at an Assemblies of God church.[5][6][7] He was raised in Wyckoff, New Jersey and homeschooled by his mother. Nick is of Italian (from a great-grandfather), German, English, Irish, Scottish, Cherokee, and French-Canadian descent.[8][9][10] He has two older brothers, Kevin (born 1987), Joe (born 1989) and a younger brother, Frankie (born 2000).

2000–05: Career beginnings and Nicholas Jonas

Jonas's career started when he was discovered at the age of six in a barber shop, while his mother was getting her hair cut and was referred to a professional show business manager.[11] At the age of 7, he 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).[12][13][14] After Les Misérables closed, he performed in The Sound of Music (as Kurt) at the Paper Mill Playhouse.[15]

In 2002, while performing in Beauty and the Beast, Jonas wrote a song with his father called "Joy to the World (A Christmas Prayer)." With background vocals from the Beauty and the Beast cast, Nick recorded 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)".[16] The label released the song to Christian radio, where it quickly became popular on Record & Radio's Christian Adult Contemporary Chart.

By September 2004, an executive at Columbia Records discovered Jonas' song. He was soon jointly signed to INO Records and Columbia Records and released the single "Dear God".[17] A second single, "Joy to the World (A Christmas Prayer)" (a re-recorded version), was released on November 16. It was supposed to be followed by a December release of a self-titled solo album Nicholas Jonas, but the album was pushed back.[18] It did, however, get a limited release.[19] Nick, along with his brothers, Kevin and Joe, co-wrote songs for the album. In early 2005, Columbia Records' new president, Steve Greenberg, heard Jonas' record. While Greenberg did not like the album, he did like Nick's voice.[21]

2005–10: Jonas Brothers

After meeting with Jonas and hearing the song, "Please Be Mine", written and performed by the brothers, Daylight/Columbia Records decided to sign the three as a group act.[22] After being signed to Columbia, the brothers considered naming their group "Sons of Jonas" before settling on the name "Jonas Brothers."[3] It's About Time, the brothers' first album was released on August 8, 2006. According to the band's manager, it was only a "limited release" of a little over 50,000 copies. Because Sony was not interested in further promoting the band, the Jonas Brothers considered switching labels. The band was ultimately dropped by Columbia Records in early 2007.

After shortly being without a label, the Jonas Brothers signed with Hollywood Records in February 2007.[3] Around the same time, brothers began appearing in commercials for Baby Bottle Pops, singing the jingle. Their self-titled second album, Jonas Brothers, was released on August 7, 2007. It reached number five on the Billboard 200 chart in its first week. It has since sold over three million copies worldwide. On August 17, 2007, Jonas, along with his brothers, guest starred in an episode of Hannah Montana, which aired after the premiere of High School Musical 2 and the Disney Channel show Phineas and Ferb.[3]

The reality short series, Jonas Brothers: Living the Dream, premiered on Disney Channel on May 16, 2008. The show, which ran until September 5, 2008, documents the brothers' lives on the Look Me in the Eyes Tour. The name was inspired by the band's hit song "When You Look Me in the Eyes". The series was renewed for a second season, which premiered on March 21, 2010.[3] The second season follows the band on the European leg of their World Tour 2009. Jonas and his brothers filmed a Disney Channel Original Movie called Camp Rock where they play a band called "Connect Three." Joe plays the lead male role as lead singer "Shane Gray"; Nick plays the role of "Nate," a guitarist; and Kevin plays the role of "Jason," also a guitarist. A soundtrack for the movie was released on June 17, 2008. The movie premiered on June 20, 2008, in the USA on Disney Channel, and Canada on Family. Production began on the sequel, Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam in September 2009 and it premiered during the summer of 2010.

The Jonas Brothers' third studio album, A Little Bit Longer, was released in the United States on August 12, 2008. It sold over 2 million copies worldwide. The Jonas Brothers were listed number 9 on the richest pop acts of 2008. Jonas and his brothers starred in the Disney Channel Original Series JONAS about a pop band trying to live a normal life, which premiered May 2, 2009 and concluded on March 14, 2010. Filming for the second season began in February 2010. The second season was renamed Jonas L.A., and premiered on June 20, 2010. On November 8, 2010, it was announced that the series had been cancelled.[3] The Jonas Brothers' fourth studio album, Lines, Vines and Trying Times, was released in the United States in June 2009.

2010–12: Solo projects

Jonas' side project from the Jonas Brothers called Nick Jonas & the Administration released their debut album Who I Am on February 2, 2010. In January 2010, Jonas embarked on the Who I Am Tour with the Administration.[29] The tour consisted of 22 dates that began on January 2, 2010, in Dallas, Texas and concluded on January 30, 2010, in Berkeley, California. Jonas also toured with his brothers again in 2010. In September 2011 and October 2011, Nick Jonas & The Administration began touring through South America in support of their debut album, Who I Am.[30]

On June 21, 2010, Jonas made his West End debut performing in Les Misérables for the second time, but this time as the role of Marius Pontmercy.[31] Jonas was originally supposed to play the role for only three weeks, but was able to extend his run until July 24, 2010, because of changes in the Jonas Brothers tour schedule.[3] He also appeared in the 25th Anniversary Concert at The O2 Arena on October 3, 2010, again playing the role of Marius Pontmercy.[4] From August 5–7, 2011, Jonas performed in the musical Hairspray as Link Larkin at the Hollywood Bowl.[34] Jonas appeared in the 2011 series Mr. Sunshine; he played Eli White, an up-and-coming singer who wants everything his way before he performs at the Sunshine Center.[35] He also plays the role of Ryan on the sitcom Last Man Standing.[4][4]

In February 2012, he appeared in episode of Smash in the role of Lyle West, a young musician and television star backing a promising Broadway musical;[4][4] Jonas will reprise the role of Lyle West in the show's season finale on May 14.[40] Nick had a cameo appearance in the last episode of the second season of the comedy web series Submissions Only.[41] Jonas was to perform in the musical "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" as J. Pierrepont Finch[42] from January 24 till July 1, 2012.[43] However, the musical ended its run on May 20.[44][45] Jonas recorded 5 songs for the How To Succeed in Business soundtrack.[46][47]

2012–13: Jonas Brothers reunion and split

On March 6, 2012, the Jonas Brothers released a video on Twitter of them in their home studio, along with the hashtag "#JonasBrothers2012", suggesting that a reunion was occurring.[48] Starting on August 19, 2012, the eldest Jonas brother will appear in an E! reality series[49] alongside his wife Danielle and brothers Nick and Joe. "Married to Jonas" will document the young couple's domestic life as well as the brothers' recording efforts as they prepare to release their newest group album.[50]

On May 1, 2012, it was announced that after 6 years with Hollywood Records, the Jonas Brothers had parted ways with their label. The band has bought back the rights to their master recordings, merchandising, and publishing, and plans to release their upcoming fifth album with a new label.[51]

On July 4, 2012, Jonas joined his brother, Joe Jonas on stage and performed a collection of Jonas Brothers songs toghter at Philly's Fourth of July Jam.[52] On July 18, 2012, he joined Demi Lovato in Los Angeles on stage at the Greek Theatre during her Summer Tour 2012 and performed the songs "Don't Forget" and "Catch Me" with her.[6]

On July 30, 2012, Jonas was reportedly in final negotiations to join the judging panel in the twelfth season of Fox's American Idol.[6][6][6][6][6] On August 4, 2012, he released a statement that he considered the judging role. However, on August 27, 2012, it was reported that he had signed a deal with Fox to be a guest mentor next to Demi Lovato on The X Factor after she chose the four people that would continue on in the contest.[6]

On May 21, 2013 it was announced that on June 16 Nick would co-host the Miss USA 2013 competition on NBC. He also joined his brothers for a performance during the show. On August 13 he announced that he would play a guest role as an computer hacker on a fall episode of the fourth season of the TV series Hawaii Five-0.[60][61]

On October 9, 2013, the group cancelled their highly anticipated comeback tour days before it was slated to start, citing a "deep rift within the band" over "creative differences".[6] Following the tour cancellation, the Jonas Brothers Twitter page went offline and the brothers' individual accounts became temporarily obsolete, causing several media outlets to report that a break-up was imminent. However, on October 23, 2013, Joe and Nick tweeted that they were "getting [ther] shit together" and asked fans to "bear with [them]".[63][64] On 29 October 2013, the Jonas Brothers officially confirmed their split.[65]

2013–14: Nick Jonas and other projects

On March 18, 2013, it was revealed that Nick would star in the thriller film Careful What You Wish For, which was released in 2014.

On February 4, 2014, it was announced that he would be working as the musical and creative director for the tour. In an interview with Rolling Stones, Nick stated "I'm overseeing video content, wardrobe, lighting and staging, and then I'm extending into the musical side of things, which includes creating the arrangements for the songs. I'm building what Demi wanted, which is a show without stops and starts. Demi and I have the same manager, so I was immediately excited when I was offered the position. The relationship that Demi and I had over eight years really gives me the insight into how to best communicate with her and her team."I've been in rehearsals with the band for the last two weeks. The biggest challenge has been just trying to rethink some of the music and see how we could compliment it with lights and video. I sat down with the band and said to them, 'You need to step into this like it's a new gig. None of these arrangements are going to sound like the originals, so you need to have an open mind.'"

He joined Demi Lovato on stage during select dates of the Neon Lights Tour and performed the songs "Stop the World", "Here We Go Again" and "Catch Me" with her.[66][67]

During the same interview with Rolling Stone he also said that once the tour gets off the ground, he will turn his attention towards his upcoming solo project. "Some of it is done and ready to be released," he says. "I've got a lot of things in the pipeline right now and I'm waiting to release some news about my music and my next steps. It isn't quite locked in yet, but I have started making some music and now it's all about lining up the pieces."

On February 18, it was announced that Nick would play the role of Nate Henderson in the new drama series Navy St.[68] On March 13 he announced that he was filming a second episode of Hawaii Five-0.[69][70] On June 23, it was announced that the series Navy St. had been renamed Kingdom.[71] On June 25, 2014, Nick posted a snippet of a possible new song on Instagram. On June 28, 2014, he shot a music video for an upcoming single. On July 24, Jonas released the single, entitled "Chains", to the internet without any true promotion. The song was released to iTunes, and its video premiered on MTV on July 30, 2014, via Jonas' new label Island Records. In August he announced that his upcoming will be self-titled and will be released in late October or early November. He also revealed that the second single "Jealous" would be released on September 7.[8] During the fashion week in New York he announced that he's signed by Wilhelmina Models.[2] On October 8, 2014, Kingdom premiered on DirecTV's Audience Network, and was renewed for two more seasons two weeks later.[8]

In 2015 he will appear as a guest mentor for Christina Aguilera's team on The Voice Season 8 during The Battle Rounds.[74] On January 26, 2015 it was announced that he will recur on Horror/Comedy Scream Queens.[75] He's also set to star in the upcoming movie Goat.[76]

2015: Touring, Safehouse Records

Jonas opened up for Maroon 5 for their Maroon V Tour.[77][77] He was scheduled to open up for Kelly Clarkson in Canada on her Piece by Piece Tour in October 2015 but the dates were cancelled due to Clarkson being put on vocal rest by her doctors.[78][79] On May 18, 2015, just one day after the 2015 Billboard Music Awards, where he performed his Double Platinum hit song "Jealous", Jonas announced a new tour across North America to support his eponymous studio album.[8]

In May 2015, Billboard revealed that Jonas was in the process of starting an "artist-centric" new record label, Safehouse Records, of which he will be co-owner. The label will be a partnership between himself, Demi Lovato, and Lovato's manager Phil McIntyre, and will form part of a new collaborative arrangement between UMG record labels Island Records (Jonas' Label) and Lovato's own long-term label Hollywood.[82] The following month, Jonas opened up to Entertainment Weekly about the prospect of re-releasing his self-titled debut album with some additional tracks. He revealed, "I feel like the next step is just going to be getting a collection of a few more songs and maybe repackaging the album. [...] I still feel like there’s some life left on the record I released last year." Jonas also promised the release of a new album, due out in the final months of 2015 or sometime in the new year.[9] On August 5, 2015, Jonas debuted and performed a new song, "Under You", at the iHeartRadio Music Summit.[9] He revealed on August 13, that his new single would be called Levels and that it would be released on August 21.[86] Jonas performed the song live for the first time at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards pre-show.[9] It's self-titled album was re-released on November 20, 2015, under the title Nick Jonas X2, including three new tracks and four remixes.

2016: Last Year Was Complicated

On March 24, 2016, Jonas announced the title of his third studio album, "Last Year Was Complicated", along with the tracklist. It was released on June 10, 2016. The lead single, "Close", featuring vocals from Swedish singer Tove Lo, was released on March 25, 2016. The song was produced by Mattman & Robin.

Personal life

Health and relationships

Jonas was diagnosed with Type I diabetes at the age of thirteen and uses an insulin pump to help him manage his condition.[9] He has developed the Change for the Children Foundation. Partnering with five different charities, their goal is to raise money and awareness for diabetes.[9] He also developed a public service announcement with the Washington Nationals to support diabetes care at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.[9]

Singer and actress Miley Cyrus has stated that she dated Jonas from June 2006 to December 2007. Cyrus claimed they were "in love" and began dating soon after they first met.[90][9] Jonas dated musician Selena Gomez in 2008.[9] Jonas began dating Australian actress and singer Delta Goodrem in May 2011.[10][10] They broke up in February 2012; Goodrem has said that it was a genuine love.[10]

As of August 2013, he was dating Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo, whom he met at the 2013 Miss USA competition.[10] In June 2015, he announced they had broken up.[10]

Philanthropy

Since August 6, 2008, Bayer Diabetes Care has partnered with Jonas as a diabetes ambassador to promote the idea for young people to manage their diabetes.[10] Jonas testified in the U.S. Senate to promote more research funding for the condition.[10] In 2010, Nick further volunteered his efforts for Do Something by offering his time as a prize to teens who donated jeans to Do Something and Aeropostale's "Teens for Jeans" campaign.[10] Further, Nick filmed another PSA, this one in support of Do Something's "Battle of the Bands" campaign, for the advancement of music education in schools.[10] Nick is also a member of the National Youth Leadership Committee for the Ronald Reagan Centennial Celebration, along with Jordin Sparks, Genevieve Ryan, and Brodi Conover.[10][107][108]

Discography

Filmography

Film
YearTitleRoleNotes
2008Best of Both Worlds ConcertHimselfConcert film
2009Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert ExperienceHimselfConcert film
2009Night at the Museum: Battle of the SmithsonianCherub (Voice) 
2010Les Misérables: 25th Anniversary ConcertMarius Pontmercy 
2011Jonas Brothers: The JourneyHimselfUnauthorized documentary[110]
2016Careful What You Wish ForDoug Martin 
2016GoatBrett LandCompleted
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
2007Hannah MontanaHimselfEpisode: "Me and Mr. Jonas and Mr. Jonas and Mr. Jonas"
2008Camp RockNate GrayTelevision film
2009–2010JONAS/Jonas L.A.Nick LucasSeries regular; 33 episodes
2010Camp Rock 2: The Final JamNate GrayTelevision film
2011Mr. SunshineEli WhiteEpisode: "Employee of the Year"
2011Last Man StandingRyan VogelsonEpisode: "Last Christmas Standing"
2012SmashLyle West2 episodes
2012Submissions OnlyLonely DancerEpisode: "Another Interruption"
2013–2015Hawaii Five-0Ian Wright3 episodes
2014–presentKingdomNate KulinaSeries regular
2015Scream QueensBoone Clemens5 episodes
Reality television
YearTitleRoleNotes
2008–2010Jonas Brothers: Living the DreamHimselfReality series
2009Band in a BusHimselfReality DVD
2012The X Factor USAHimselfSeason 2[111] (Judges Houses) 1, 2, 3 (October 10–11 & October 17)
2012–2013Married to JonasHimself[50][112][113]Docu-soap
2015The VoiceHimselfSeason 8[74] (The Battle Round)
2016CMT CrossroadsHimself [114]Summer 2016 performance with Thomas Rhett
2016Running Wild with Bear GryllsHimself [115]Location: Sierra Nevada
Guest appearances
YearTitleArtistNotes
2008Studio DC: Almost LiveHimselfSecond show
2008Extreme Makeover: Home EditionHimself"The Akers Family" (Season 6, Episode 2)
2009Saturday Night LiveHimselfFebruary 14, 2009 episode
2010Live! with Regis and KellyHimself (Host)January 8, 2010 episode
2010Minute to Win ItHimselfMay 12, 2010 episode
2010I Get That a LotHimselfMay 19, 2010 episode
2010Extreme Makeover: Home EditionHimself"The Heathcock Family" (Season 7, Episode 17)
2010The Biggest LoserHimselfSeason 10, Episode 13[116]
2011Dancing with the StarsHimselfAudience Member
2012Empire Girls: Julissa and AdrienneHimselfEpisode[12]
2012Opening ActHimselfNick Jonas & Patrick Tanner[12]
2013Miss USA 2013Himself (Co-host and performer)Host and performer with Jonas Brothers
2015Miss Universe 2014Himself (Performer)Performed "Chains", "Jealous" and "Teacher" (January 25, 2015)[12]
20152015 Kids' Choice AwardsHimself (Host)First time hosting an awards show[12]
20152015 MTV Video Music AwardsHimself (Performer)Performed Levels[12]
2015American Music Awards of 2015Himself (Performer)Performed Chains, Levels, Jealous[12]
2016Saturday Night LiveHimself (Performer)/VariousPerformed "Champagne Problems" and "Close" and appeared in the Huge Jewelry and Pool Boy sketches.
2016Maya & MartyHimselfJune 14, 2016 episode
2016Watch What Happens LiveHimselfJune 15, 2016 episode
Music video appearance
YearTitleArtistNotes
2011"My Time"[12]Gabrielle GiguereProducer, cameo
2015"OXO" (Lyric Video)[12]Olivia SomerlynCameo
Theatre
YearTitleRoleNotes
2000A Christmas CarolTiny Tim 
2001Annie Get Your GunLittle Jake 
2002Beauty and the BeastChip 
2003Les MisérablesGavroche 
2003The Sound of MusicKurt 
2010Les MisérablesMarius PontmercyJune 21, 2010–July 24, 2010; October 3, 2010 (25th Anniversary Concert)
2011HairsprayLink LarkinAugust 5–7, 2011 at the Hollywood Bowl
2012How to Succeed in Business Without Really TryingJ. Pierrepont Finch[42]January 24–May 20, 2012[43][44]

Tours

In January 2010, Nick Jonas & The Administration began touring in support of their debut album, Who I Am.[29] Apart from guest appearances at specific events, it marks the first time Nick has toured without his brothers, Kevin and Joe. In September 2011 and October 2011, Nick Jonas & The Administration began touring through South America in support of their debut album, Who I Am.[30]

Awards and nominations

YearTitleAwardNominated workResult
2009Los Premios MTV LatinoaméricaBest Fashionista (Most Fashionable)HimselfWon
2010Nickelodeon Kids' Choice AwardsFavorite TV ActorHimselfNominated
Nickelodeon Mexico Kids' Choice AwardsFavorite International Character Male [131][132]HimselfNominated
Teen Choice AwardsChoice Music: Love Song"Stay"Nominated
Teen Choice AwardsChoice Breakout Artist: MaleNick Jonas & The AdministrationNominated
Young Hollywood AwardsYoung Hollywood Artist of the Year[13]HimselfWon
2011Nickelodeon Kids' Choice AwardsFavorite TV Actor[13]HimselfNominated
DRLCDREAM Award[13][14]HimselfWon
2012Broadway Beacon Awards 2012"Contributions to the theater community"[14][14]Himself[14]Won
2013Teen Choice AwardsAcuvue Inspire AwardHimselfWon
2014Young Hollywood AwardsCoolest Crossover Artist[14]HimselfWon
MTV European Music Awards[14]Artist on the RiseHimselfNominated
2015Nickelodeon Kids' Choice AwardsFavorite Male Singer[14]HimselfWon
Radio Disney Music AwardsHe's The One - Best Male Artist[14]HimselfNominated
XOXO - Best Crush Song[14]JealousNominated
Much Music Video AwardsFavorite International Artist[14]HimselfNominated
Teen Choice Awards[15]Choice Male ArtistHimselfNominated
Choice Song: Male Artist"Jealous"Nominated
2015 MTV Video Music AwardsBest Male Video [15]"Chains"Nominated
2015 MTV Europe Music AwardsBest US Act [15]HimselfNominated
American Music Awards of 2015Favorite Male Artist – Pop/Rock [15]HimselfNominated
2016People’s Choice Awards 2016 [15]Favorite Premium Cable TV ActorHimselfNominated
Favorite Male ArtistHimselfNominated
2016 Kids' Choice Awards[15]Favorite Male SingerHimselfNominated
Radio Disney Music AwardsHe's The One - Best Male Artist[15]HimselfNominated
3rd iHeartRadio Music AwardsTriple Threat Artist[15]HimselfNominated
BMI AwardsPop Songwriter[15]JealousWon
2016 iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards[15][16]iHeartRadio International Artist of the Year [16]Himself - CloseWon
Most Buzzworthy International Artist or GroupNominated
2016 Teen Choice Awards[16][16][16]Choice Music: Male ArtistHimselfNominated
Choice Music Single: Male"Close" – Nick Jonas featuring Tove LoNominated
Choice Music: Love Song"Close" – Nick Jonas featuring Tove LoNominated
Choice Summer Music Star: MaleHimselfNominated
Choice Summer Tour"Future Now Tour" – Demi Lovato and Nick JonasNominated
Choice Style: MaleHimselfWon

Rankings

YearTitleRank
2015People's Sexiest Men Alive 2015[16]10th

Achievements

As a songwriter Nick Jonas will be honored on June 9, 2016 with the Hal David Starlight Award in the Songwriters Hall of Fame.[16]