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The grown-up sound of these former Disney Channel stars has won over a new generation of fans
The reunion of New Jersey's Jonas Brothers delighted millennial fans who fell in love with the pop group as teens on Disney movies like Camp Rock.
Growing up with musical parents, brothers Kevin, Joe and Nick Jonas all pursued artistic interests at a young age. When he was six, youngest brother Nick had already started work on Broadway, appearing in productions like Beauty and the Beast and Les Misérables.
Nick’s work on stage caught the attention of executives at Columbia Records who were keen to get the young singer to record an album. Nick wrote material for the album with his two brothers who eventually were all signed by the label in 2005.
In 2006, Jonas Brothers released their first album, It’s About Time, which climbed to the No.91 spot on the Billboard charts and became a regular play on Radio Disney. Such was their growing popularity with Disney fans, Jonas Brothers were signed by Disney-owned Hollywood Records and saw their fanbase quickly expand.
This was followed by the release of the band’s second album, Jonas Brothers, in 2007 which landed on the Billboard Hot 200 chart the week it was released. Two singles from the album were released at the same time: Hold On and the hit S.O.S. The album was supported by a US tour and saw the brothers making multiple appearances on Disney shows like Hannah Montana. Footage from the tour was also used for the Disney Channel reality series, Jonas Brothers: Living The Dream.
The group reached new levels of fame in 2008 after their appearance in the hit Disney Channel film, Camp Rock, starring alongside then-up-and-coming star, Demi Lovato. The movie helped the band launch their next single Burnin’ Up which built excitement ahead of the release of their third album, A Little Bit Longer, at the end of 2008.
Around the same time, Jonas Brothers also released the Music From The 3D Concert Experience to support their live concert film of the same name. By late 2009, the band released their fourth album, Lines, Vines And Trying Times. This would be the group’s last album before their 2019 reunion.
Jonas Brothers continued to work on TV and film projects like Jonas L.A. and Camp Rock 2 before the band took a break in 2011 to focus on solo projects. Joe worked on his debut album Fastlife, Nick headed on tour with his band Nick Jonas & The Administration, and Kevin studied music production. In 2013, they confirmed the Jonas Brothers had split, cancelling 23 tour dates and the release of their proposed fifth album due to a “deep rift within the band” over “creative differences”.
Over the next few years, Nick would go on to have a successful solo career, Joe found chart-topping success with his new band DNCE while Kevin took time away from the music industry and worked in real estate.
Joe, Nick and Kevin delighted long-time Jonas Brothers fans, as well as newer fans, in 2019 by announcing they would be reuniting with the release of their single Sucker. The song debuted at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 – a first for the band – and would also go on to be nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the Grammys. The group released Happiness Begins that same year marking their first album in 10 years. Alongside this, they also released the documentary, Chasing Happiness, which premiered on Amazon Prime. The documentary took a deeper look at their lives growing up in New Jersey, their start in the music industry and the rift that caused the band to fall apart some six years earlier.
In January 2020, the band announced a residency in Las Vegas which was ultimately cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, in 2021, the group announced they would be embarking on their 11th headlining tour across the US.