About Kevin Jonas growing up and dealing with his success:
Born on November 5th, 1987 in Teaneck, New Jersey, Paul Kevin Jonas, II, was the first of what would be four sons by 2000 for Paul and Denise Jonas. Going by his middle name, Kevin Jonas, 24, is best known alongside his brothers, Joseph, 23, and Nick, 20, in their band, “The Jonas Brothers.” Though not part of the band, Frankie, 12, is the youngest son. Kevin is part Irish, Italian, German and Cherokee Indian.
Kevin is the lead guitarist for the band (and does the background vocals, as well). It has been known that Kevin taught himself how to play the guitar at age twelve while home sick from school for a week – instead of watching the “Price is Right” continuously – and hasn’t put the guitar down since.
Kevin has been involved in many wonderful charity efforts. He has traveled several times to Mexico and Indonesia to help build hospitals, schools and churches. He lived among, played, fed and sung to the orphans in those countries while he was there.
The Jonas Brothers band: Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness:
The “Jonas Brothers” have sold over 8 million albums worldwide and are working to release another album later this year. The band originally started out as a solo project for the youngest in the band, Nick Jonas, but it quickly stemmed into “The Jonas Brothers” (they initially called themselves the “Sons of Jonas”) and, came to include Kevin on guitar and Joe both as vocals (sharing them with Nick) and on the keyboard.
Their first record (attached to the Columbia Records© label) took three years to produce and was finally released on August 8th, 2006. Unfortunately for the band, the record only sold 30,000 copies and peaked on the Billboard Top 200 at #91. From lack of record sales, the brothers were dropped by Columbia Records© in January of 2007 (announced on January 18th, 2007). Hollywood Records© (part of the Walt Disney Company©) quickly picked up the band and Kevin, Joseph and Nick set to work on a new record right away.
Their second album was released on August 7th, 2007. It sold 200,000 copies and reached #5 on the Billboard Top 200. According to Nielsen SoundScan, the album has sold 875,000 units in the United States. Kevin, Joseph and Nick had the album recorded fully in 21 days, during which the three brothers were in complete lock-down at the studio in order to stay focused (a choice of theirs, probably due in part to the lag of their first album’s creation and release).
Their third album was released on August 12, 2008 and sold 1.6 million copies in the US. Most of it was recorded while on the road during the “Best of Both Worlds” tour with Miley Cyrus. The brothers had their own Gibson tour bus which traveled with them and invited fans to come out and be part of this “Band in a Bus” event. The guys finished the album at a studio in Los Angeles. Producer John Fields, who produced the album, described their songs as “getting a little darker” but “still super pop hits.” Kevin agreed, saying, “We’re a bit older. We’ve had some painful moments in the last year. A lot of friends stab you in the back. And girlfriends break up with you, or you break up with a girl — it’s terrible what the road will do to you.”
Their fourth album was commercially successful, and is the last album they released before their recording hiatus in 2011.
Married Life with Kevin Jonas:
In a new reality TV series that debuted August 19, 2012, Kevin and his wife Danielle (a former hairdresser in New Jersey) invite cameras into their private world as they balance marriage, worldwide fame and their contrastingly different families. Kevin met Danielle while on a family vacation in the Bahamas. After tying the knot in 2009, the young couple is finally ready to settle down and establish a happy suburban life, despite the colliding points of view between Dani’s outspoken Italian family and the Hollywood life of the Jonas clan, including Kevin’s brothers Joe and Nick. But with the Jonas Brothers heading back to the studio to record new music, finding the right mix of normal and superstardom isn’t going to be easy.