Kevin Jonas

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Kevin Jonas
Kevin Jonas cropped.jpg
Jonas in September 2008
Born (1987-11-05) November 5, 1987 (age 27)
Teaneck, New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation Actor, musician, director, contractor
Spouse(s) Danielle Jonas Deleasa (m. 2009)
Children 1
Musical career
Genres Pop rock, teen pop
Instruments Vocals, guitar, mandolin, piano, drums
Years active 2005–present
Labels Columbia, Hollywood, Jonas
Associated acts Jonas Brothers, Demi Lovato
Notable instruments
Gibson Explorer
Gibson Les Paul

Paul Kevin Jonas II (born November 5, 1987),[1] better known as Kevin Jonas and K2, is an American musician and actor. He is the oldest member of the Jonas Brothers, a pop rock band he created with his younger brothers Joe and Nick. In 2008, he appeared on People magazine's list of the Sexiest Men Alive.[2] On December 19, 2009, he married Danielle Deleasa, whom he had met in the Bahamas in summer of 2007. Jonas and his wife later starred in their own E! reality series, Married to Jonas. In early May 2014, he announced a small 5 month tour around the United States with younger brother Joe.

Early life[edit]

Kevin Jonas was born in Teaneck, New Jersey,[3] and grew up in Wyckoff. His mother, Denise Marie (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.[4][5][6][7] He is of Italian (from a great-grandfather), German, English, Irish, Scottish, Cherokee, Greek and French-Canadian descent.[3][8][9][10] He has three younger brothers, Joe (born 1989), Nick (born 1992) and Frankie (born 2000).

Career[edit]

Music[edit]

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.[11] After hearing the song "Please Be Mine", written and performed by all the brothers, Daylight/Columbia Records decided to sign the three as a group act.[12] After being signed to Columbia, the brothers considered naming their group "Sons of Jonas" before settling on the name "Jonas Brothers".[13]

It's About Time, the brothers' first album, was released on August 8, 2006.[14] 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 then 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.[15][16] Around the same time, the brothers began appearing in GAP commercials for Baby Bottle Pops, singing the jingle.[16] Their self-titled second album, Jonas Brothers, was released on August 7, 2007.[17] It reached number five on the Billboard Hot 200 chart in its first week.

The Jonas Brothers' third studio album, A Little Bit Longer, was released in the United States on August 12, 2008 and peaked at #1 on the Billboard 200.[18]

On June 16, 2009, the brothers' fourth studio album, and third release under Hollywood Records, entitled Lines, Vines, and Trying Times was released. The album peaked at number 1 on the Billboard 200 with 247,000 copies sold. It was announced on May 1, 2012, that the Jonas Brothers parted ways with their record label Hollywood Records, and bought the rights to their music.[19][20]

Acting[edit]

On August 17, 2007, Jonas and his brothers guest-starred in an episode of Hannah Montana entitled Me and Mr. Jonas and Mr. Jonas and Mr. Jonas. The episode debuted alongside the television film High School Musical 2 and a sneak peek of the new Disney Channel show Phineas and Ferb.[21] The episode broke basic cable records with a record 10.7 million viewers and became basic cable's most watched series telecast ever.[22]

Jonas and his brothers filmed the Disney Channel Original Movie Camp Rock, where they played a band called "Connect 3". Kevin played Jason, a guitarist; Nick played Nate, also a guitarist; and Joe played the lead male role and lead singer, Shane Gray. A soundtrack for the movie was released on June 17, 2008. The film premiered on June 20, 2008 in the United States, on Disney Channel, and Canada, on Family. He returned in the sequel, Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam, premiered on September 3, 2010.

The Disney Channel reality short series, Jonas Brothers: Living the Dream, premiered on Disney Channel on May 16, 2008. The show, which ran until September 5, 2008, documented the brothers' lives on the Look Me in the Eyes Tour. The name was inspired by their hit song When You Look Me in the Eyes. The series was renewed for a second season that premiered on March 21, 2010.[23] The second season followed the band on the European leg of their World Tour 2009.

He and Joe, Nick, and Frankie starred in their own Disney Channel Original Series, JONAS, which premiered May 2, 2009.[24] The show was renewed for a second season that premiered on June 20, 2010 as Jonas L.A., centering on the three brothers on summer vacation, in their Los Angeles vacation house with Stella and Macy.

Jonas appeared on MTV's fourth episode of When I Was 17 (Season 1), talking about his memories from when he was seventeen.

Kevin Jonas guest hosted on "Live with Kelly" on December 13, 2011 making him the second brother besides Nick to have the honor of doing so. He co-hosted the show a second time on July 4, 2012.[25]

Kevin appeared in an E! reality series[26] alongside his wife Danielle and brothers Nick and Joe, which premiered on August 19, 2012. Produced by Ryan Seacrest, Married to Jonas documented the young couple's domestic life as well as the brothers' recording efforts as they prepared to release their fifth studio album. However, the band split and the show was put on hiatus.

Kevin was part of the seventh season of Celebrity Apprentice tapings in spring 2014, which were filmed across New York City. Kevin also made a cameo on a 2014 episode of The Real Housewives of New Jersey in his new role as contractor, leading construction on Housewife Kathy Wakile's home.[27]

Personal life[edit]

Jonas married Danielle Deleasa, a former hairdresser, at Oheka Castle on December 19, 2009, with his brothers Joe and Nick as his best men. The couple first met while on vacation with their families in The Bahamas in May 2007.[28] They have one daughter, Alena Rose Jonas, born on February 2, 2014.[29]

Shortly after their wedding, the couple starred in their own reality show Married to Jonas, which aired on the E! Network. The final episode of the second season aired on May 26, 2013.

Filmography[edit]

Film
Date Film Role Notes
2008 Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Himself 3D Concert film
Camp Rock Jason Gray Disney Channel Original Movie (acting debut)
2009 Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience Himself 3D concert film
Band in a Bus Jonas Kevin Reality DVD
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Cherub Feature Film
2010 Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam Jason Gray Disney Channel Original Movie.
2011 Jonas Brothers: The Journey Himself Unauthorized documentary
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2007 Hannah Montana Himself "Me and Mr. Jonas and Mr. Jonas and Mr. Jonas" (Season 2, Episode 16)
2008, 2010 Jonas Brothers: Living the Dream Himself Reality series
2009–2010 JONAS/Jonas L.A. Kevin Percy Lucas Co-lead role; Disney Channel Original Series. Season 1 of the show was branded as JONAS, while Season 2 was branded as Jonas L.A.
2012–2013 Married to Jonas Himself Docu-soap[30][31][32]
Guest appearances
Year Title Role Notes
2008 Studio DC: Almost Live Himself, performer (with Jonas Brothers) "First Episode" (August 3, 2008)
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Himself "The Akers Family" (Season 6, Episode 2)
2009 Saturday Night Live Himself/musical guest (with Jonas Brothers) Alec Baldwin/Jonas Brothers (Season 34, Episode 16)
2010 Minute to Win It Himself (contestant) May 12, 2010
Kevin won $250,000 for his charity despite failing the ninth challenge
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Himself "The Heathcock Family" (Season 7, Episode 17)
When I Was 17 Himself Documentary; featured performer
2011 Spike Video Game Awards Himself
Live with Kelly Guest co-host Season 24,Episode 71
2012 Live with Kelly

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Kevin Jonas: A Sexy Surprise" People magazine; 2008; Accessed 2010-07-17
  3. ^ a b "The Jonas Brothers talk purity rings & their Irish roots". Movies.ie via YouTube. May 19, 2009. Retrieved 2010-07-17.  At 4:01.
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  11. ^ Mikael Wood (February 20, 2007). Jonas Brothers deliver squeaky clean 'punk' music. MonstersandCritics.com. Accessed 2009-01-01.
  12. ^ "The Boy Choir & Soloist Directory: Nicholas Jonas". Retrieved 24 October 2014. 
  13. ^ "MTV – The New Boy Bands". Retrieved 24 October 2014. 
  14. ^ Billboard Discography – Jonas Brothers – It's About Time[dead link]
  15. ^ "The Jonas Brothers Sign Record Deal With Disney's Hollywood Records" (Press release). Hollywood Records. February 8, 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-02-13. Retrieved 2008-07-16. 
  16. ^ a b Topps' Baby Bottle Pop Sweetens Its Effort
  17. ^ Billboard Discography – Jonas Brothers[dead link]
  18. ^ "Jonas Brothers – A Little Bit Longer". Billboard. Retrieved 2008-08-17. [dead link]
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  21. ^ Gina Scarpa, "'Hannah Montana' Airs New Episode On Big Night", BuddyTV.com, August 11, 2007.
  22. ^ Joal Ryan, "High School Musical 2 Big 2 B Ignored", E! News, August 18, 2007.
  23. ^ AHN
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  25. ^ "Breaking News - Michael Strahan, Kevin Jonas, Carrie Ann Inaba & Mark Feuerstein to Co-Host "Live! With Kelly" for the Week of July 2-6, 2012 - TheFutonCritic.com". Retrieved 24 October 2014. 
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  27. ^ "Kevin Jonas is a contractor on 'The Real Housewives of New Jersey'". Fox News. 2014-09-29. Retrieved 2014-09-29. 
  28. ^ Sharon Cotlier (December 19, 2009). Kevin Jonas Marries in Fairytale Setting. People magazine. Accessed 2009-12-20.
  29. ^ Peter Gicas (February 2, 2014). Kevin Jonas and Wife Danielle Welcome Baby Girl. E news. Accessed 2014-02-02.
  30. ^ Shaw, Jessica. "Jonas brother lands E! reality show | Inside TV | EW.com". Insidetv.ew.com. Retrieved 2012-05-24. 
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