Celebrity Then And Now
Publication: Albany Daily News. Posted by Lexi Schwartz
Celebrity Then And Now
Posted by Lexi Schwartz
Member of The Jonas Brothers
Currently Known For:
Restarted Music Career
2005 - Present
November 5, 1987
Member of The Jonas Brothers
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For a little while there during the late 2000s and early 2010s, there wasn’t a group that was more popular with the younger crowd than the Jonas Brothers. Along with his brothers Nick and Joe, Kevin Jonas was part of some pretty big hits and also television movies on the Disney Channel that became massively successful for the network. Once the Jonas Brothers had broken up, it seemed that Kevin went by the wayside for a little while, but has since returned in a big way. Now it looks like Jonas has plenty left to offer in the coming years.Advertisements:
Kevin Jonas was born on November 5, 1987 in Teaneck, New Jersey with his two performing brothers, as well as another brother named Frankie. Kevin is the oldest of the Jonas clan, but wasn’t the expected performer while growing up. Rather, it was Nick that was supposed to be the solo star, but couldn’t land a recording deal during his early years. Instead, it was suggested that the three brothers perform together, and it allowed them to release their first album, but it wasn’t a success.
After changing up their style a bit and getting dropped from their first label, the Jonas Brothers finally found their footing. After their next album started to gain a little traction, the Jonas Brothers got a massive boost in popularity when they were featured on the Disney Channel for the first time, guest starring on “Hannah Montana”. The trio then landed their own original movie with “Camp Rock”, along with a sequel, and then had their own television series.
When he got to his mid 20s, Kevin had found that he wanted to switch lifestyles, which was documented with a reality series called “Married to Jonas” that centered on himself and his wife, Danielle. Shortly after the show debuted in 2012, Kevin decided that he wanted to leave the music business and get into more traditional work. “After the Jonas Brothers, I was like, ‘What is next?’” He asked, but with that, Jonas started a handful of business ventures.
Jonas operated a construction company, as well as multiple tech companies and was developing real estate. Jonas was living a normal life away from the spotlight, and started a family at the same time. Jonas has had two daughters since leaving music, born in 2014 and 2016, respectively. “I’ve always had a passion for the tech industry and I like to help build interesting products,” Kevin said.
As for how music had helped Kevin in the business world, he said that “Being in a band is very much like a startup (business). You start in a garage. You hope to get interest from investors, like a major record label. Once you get an investor on your side, you work your (rear) off building the product, like recording an album. And then you need to sell it, hope the audience likes it and ultimately buys it. It’s pretty much the same thing as a start up.”
Then, in an unexpected twist, the Jonas Brothers announced that they were reuniting. In March of 2019, they released the single “Sucker” that debuted at the top of the Billboard Hot 100, as well as the number one spot in several other countries like Australia and Canada.
Not even the Jonas Brothers were expecting to reunite for a music career. They were filming a documentary about their careers, and things just sort of happened. “We spent a lot of time filming again, and then I think we realized that there was a magic there we missed,” Nick Jonas said. “I sort of began the conversation about doing this again and after a few more conversations they came around.” Kevin added that it “was great because we had to have real conversations and not hold back. So for us, it worked out in a good way.”
It was being able to establish lives of their own and settle in that allowed the Jonas Brothers the time to start making music again. “This is really about saying we’re not taking ourselves too seriously this round,” Nick said. “We’re so thrilled that we’re in a healthy place as a family and we want to include everyone in that.”
Kevin was the first one of the Jonas Brothers to get married, and now all three from the band have tied the knot with Joe marrying “Game of Thrones” star Sophie Turner while Nick married Indian actress Priyanka Chopra. “There’s a lot of great, family fun events on the horizon,” Kevin said. “They gave me such a hard time when I was planning my wedding with Danielle. I totally became a groomzilla, but they totally get it now. They understand the excitement and the level of stress and all the stuff I was dealing with...It’s pretty exciting. I can just attend and hang out. It will be great.”
Talking about his marriage to Danielle, Kevin says that things are going great. “It’s still new and fresh every day,” he said. “There are times where you are the happiest you can be, and there are times where you’re just in a mood. But somehow it always works out - you work it out together. Now that we have (daughters), life does change rapidly. But it’s been a lot of fun.”
As for the music, it’s still all fresh for the Jonas Brothers. “We’re growing and learning together,” he said. “And it is important for us to stay true to the family that we are.”