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Kevin Jonas
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Jonas in 2010
Born
Paul Kevin Jonas II

(1987-11-05) November 5, 1987 (age 31)
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S
OccupationActor, musician, director, general contractor, entrepreneur
Spouse(s)
Danielle Deleasa (m. 2009)
Children2
Relatives
Musical career
OriginWyckoff, New Jersey, U.S
Genres
Instruments
Years active2005–present
Labels
Associated actsJonas Brothers

Paul Kevin Jonas II (born November 5, 1987)[1] is an American musician, actor, contractor, and entrepreneur. He rose to fame as a member of the pop rock band the Jonas Brothers, alongside his brothers Joe and Nick. The group released their debut studio album It's About Time through the Columbia label in 2006, which failed to achieve commercial success. After signing with Hollywood Records, the group released their self-titled second studio album in 2007, which became their breakthrough record. The band became prominent figures on the Disney Channel during this time, gaining a large following through the network: they appeared in the widely successful musical television film Camp Rock (2008) and its sequel Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam (2010) as well as two of their own series, Jonas Brothers: Living the Dream (2008–2010) and Jonas (2009–2010).

The band's third studio album, A Little Bit Longer (2008), saw continued commercial success for the group; the album's lead single "Burnin' Up" hit the top five on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Their fourth studio album, while still successful on the Billboard 200 chart, saw a decline in record sales. After the group confirmed a hiatus, Kevin appeared on his own E! reality series in 2012, Married to Jonas, with his wife Danielle. Since the Jonas Brothers officially parted ways due to creative differences, Jonas has appeared on the seventh season of The Celebrity Apprentice in 2014, founded a real-estate development and construction company called JonasWerner, and is the co-CEO of The Blu Market company, which deals with communications and plans for social media influencers. He appeared on People magazine's list of the Sexiest Men Alive in 2008 at the age of 21, by being a member of People Magazine's 21 club.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Jonas was born in Teaneck, New Jersey, 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 has three younger brothers, Joe (born 1989), Nick (born 1992), 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.[8] 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.[9] After being signed to Columbia, the brothers considered naming their group "Sons of Jonas" before settling on the name "Jonas Brothers".[10]

It's About Time, the brothers' first album, was released on August 8, 2006.[11] 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.[12] Around the same time, the brothers began appearing in GAP commercials for Baby Bottle Pops, singing the jingle. Their self-titled second album, Jonas Brothers, was released on August 7, 2007.[13] 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.[14]

On June 16, 2009, the brothers' fourth studio album, and third release under Hollywood Records, titled 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.

Acting[edit]

On August 17, 2007, Jonas and his brothers guest-starred in an episode of Hannah Montana, titled 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.[15] The episode broke basic cable records with a record 10.7 million viewers and became basic cable's most watched series telecast ever.[16]

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, June 20, 2008 in the United States, on Disney Channel, and Canada, on Family. They returned in the sequel, Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam, which premiered on September 3, 2010.

The Disney Channel reality short series, Jonas Brothers: Living the Dream, premiered on Disney Channel, May 16, 2008. The show, which ran until September 5, 2008, documented the brother's lives during 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, which premiered March 21, 2010. The second season followed the band on the European leg of their World Tour 2009.

Kevin, Joe, Nick, and Frankie starred in their own Disney Channel Original Series, Jonas, which premiered May 2, 2009.[17] The show was renewed for a second season premiering June 20, 2010 as Jonas L.A. It centered on the brothers vacationing at their summer house in Los Angeles 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 "Live with Kelly", 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.[18]

Kevin appeared in an E! reality series[19] 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 taping in spring 2014, which was filmed throughout New York City. He was fired in the second episode when his team lost the competition, during which time he'd been acting as the team leader. Kevin also made a cameo in a 2014 episode of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, working in his new role as contractor, leading the construction on Housewife Kathy Wakile's home.[20]

Other work[edit]

After parting ways with the Jonas Brothers in 2013, he founded the real-estate development, construction company called JonasWerner, and is the co-CEO of The Blu Market company, which deals with communications and plans for social media influencers.[21][22][23] In 2015, he created a food app Yood.[24] As of 2016, he is also in partnership with the video-sharing app We Heart It.[25]

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 met while vacationing with their families in the Bahamas in May 2007.[26] The couple welcomed their first child, a daughter named Alena Rose Jonas, on February 2, 2014.[27] On April 25, 2016, the couple announced via Instagram that they were expecting their second daughter.[28] Their second daughter, Valentina Angelina Jonas, was born on October 27, 2016.[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.

Jonas is also a known fan of Bush's Baked Beans with Bacon. Since 2009, he has been the head administrator of the popular Bush's Baked Beans fan forum Bush Brotherhood.[30]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2008 Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Himself
2009 Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience Himself
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Cherub (voice)
Beyond All Boundaries Mike Mervosh (voice) Documentary

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Hannah Montana Himself Episode: "Me and Mr. Jonas and Mr. Jonas and Mr. Jonas"
2008–10 Jonas Brothers: Living the Dream Himself
2008 Camp Rock Jason Gray Television film
2009–10 Jonas Kevin Percy Lucas
2010 Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam Jason Gray Television film
2012–13 Married to Jonas Himself Reality Show
2015 The Apprentice Himself

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role
2009 Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Cherub (voice)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kevin Jonas news, photos and more on". Usmagazine.com. Retrieved 2012-05-24.
  2. ^ "Kevin Jonas: A Sexy Surprise" People magazine; 2008; Accessed 2010-07-17
  3. ^ "The 21 Club : People.com". www.people.com. Retrieved 2016-03-10.
  4. ^ Sean Patrick Reily. "The Jonas Brothers: It's full scream ahead" The Los Angeles Times; February 26, 2009
  5. ^ Chebatoris, Jac. "The Boy Band Next Door" Newsweek; January 26, 2008|publisher=Allen, Kevin
  6. ^ "Jonas Brothers in overdrive". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved August 25, 2008.
  7. ^ Cotliar, Sharon (June 25, 2008). "Growing Up Jonas". People Magazine. Retrieved 2010-07-23.
  8. ^ Mikael Wood (February 20, 2007). Jonas Brothers deliver squeaky clean 'punk' music. MonstersandCritics.com. Accessed 2009-01-01.
  9. ^ "The Boy Choir & Soloist Directory: Nicholas Jonas". Retrieved 24 October 2014.
  10. ^ "MTV – The New Boy Bands". Archived from the original on 28 November 2014. Retrieved 24 October 2014.
  11. ^ Billboard Discography – Jonas Brothers – It's About Time
  12. ^ "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.
  13. ^ Billboard Discography – Jonas Brothers
  14. ^ "Jonas Brothers – A Little Bit Longer". Billboard. Retrieved 2008-08-17.
  15. ^ Gina Scarpa, "'Hannah Montana' Airs New Episode On Big Night", BuddyTV.com, August 11, 2007.
  16. ^ Joal Ryan, "High School Musical 2 Big 2 B Ignored", E! News, August 18, 2007.
  17. ^ Margaret Lyons (April 3, 2009). "Jonas Brothers's Disney Channel Show: There's got to be a Better Idea". EW.com. Retrieved 2009-05-03.
  18. ^ "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.
  19. ^ Vena, Jocelyn. "Kevin Jonas Partners With Ryan Seacrest For 'Married To Jonas'". MTV News. Retrieved 2012-04-30.
  20. ^ "Kevin Jonas is a contractor on 'The Real Housewives of New Jersey'". Fox News. 2014-09-29. Retrieved 2014-09-29.
  21. ^ "Kevin Jonas, 'Real Housewives of New Jersey': 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know". Heavy.com. September 28, 2014.
  22. ^ "Does Your Story Need a Social Influencer? Kevin Jonas Believes it Does". Inc.com. January 25, 2016.
  23. ^ "Most Creative People Kevin Jonas". Fast Company. Retrieved March 13, 2018.
  24. ^ "Kevin Jonas Discusses His App Yood And Branching Out Into World Of Tech". HuffPost. June 16, 2015.
  25. ^ "Kevin Jonas: From A Successful Music Career To Full-Time Entrepreneur". Forbes. July 28, 2016.
  26. ^ Sharon Cotlier (December 19, 2009). Kevin Jonas Marries in Fairytale Setting. People magazine. Accessed 2009-12-20.
  27. ^ Peter Gicas (February 2, 2014). Kevin Jonas and Wife Danielle Welcome Baby Girl. E news. Accessed 2014-02-02.
  28. ^ "Kevin and Danielle Jonas Expecting Second Child". Celebritybabies.people.com. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  29. ^ "Kevin and Danielle Jonas Welcome Daughter Valentina Angelina -- See Her First Photo". People.com. Retrieved 20 January 2018.
  30. ^ https://www.kevinjonas.com/bushs

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