The Jonas Brothers formed in 2005 and are, arguably, one of the most popular teenage groups of the 2000s. The boys were raised in New Jersey by a former sign language teacher and singer mother and a former ordained minister and musician father. They released their first self-titled album in 2007 and it went double platinum with the album's single "SOS" becoming No. 1 on iTunes.
The baby of the bunch, 21-year-old Nick was born in Dallas, Texas. The middle of the trio, Joe, was born in Arizona. The oldest, Kevin, is 25 and was born in New Jersey. The band was actually originally meant to be a solo project for Nick, who had already made a Broadway debut at 7 years old, but a record producer liked the sound of his brothers singing backup… and the Jonas Brothers were born.
Nick Jonas: Nick was discovered in a barbershop at age 6 and was performing on Broadway by age 7. In 2002, he wrote a song with his father, which Nick then recorded on the annual Broadway "Equity Fights AIDS" album.
Joe Jonas: Like Nick, Joe also made an early debut on Broadway. At 12 years old, he was cast in Baz Luhrmann's La Boheme. He has appeared in some Disney Channel original movies and guest starred on Hot in Cleveland. He plays keyboard, guitar, tambourine and vocals for the Jonas Brothers.
Kevin Jonas: Kevin also plays many instruments, such as the drums and mandolin. He also taught himself how to play guitar age 12 and grew up singing in a choir.
Nick Jonas: A lover of Guitar Hero and the real thing, Nick owns 12 guitars. He is addicted to Starbucks' Green Tea Frappuccinos and he loves the New York Yankees.
Joe Jonas: Before becoming a musician, he wanted to be a comedian. His favorite book is A Wrinkle in Time and his favorite dessert is chocolate marshmallow ice cream.
Kevin Jonas: His first job was mowing his neighbor's lawns in New Jersey. His real name is actually Paul — his middle name is Kevin. He's an adventurous eater and will try anything once… even fish eyes!
Nick Jonas: He works with a trainer and does a lot of circuit training. He fuels up on lean protein and has cut out most carbs. He can even do one-handed cartwheels!
Joe Jonas: Joe keeps himself buff with a dedicated fitness regime and healthy meal plan. He loves working out and his favorite exercise is running.
Kevin Jonas: The curly-haired, hazel-eyed heartthrob doesn't have a personal trainer, but like Joe, he keeps fit with his own regimen of hitting the gym and eating well. He also likes to hike Los Angeles' Runyon Canyon with his bro. Before he was home-schooled, he loved pole-vaulting at school.
Nick Jonas: When Nick was 13 years old, he was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. He developed the Change for the Children Foundation, which raises awareness and money for diabetes. He also testified in the U.S. Senate to promote funding for more research of the condition. He is also a member of the National Youth Leadership Committee.
Joe Jonas: He supports a large number of charities such as the Alzheimer's Association, H.E.L.P. Malawi, the It Gets Better Project and MusiCares.
Kevin Jonas: Also a giver to charities, he has a long list that he supports such as BID 2 BEAT AIDS, Candle's Foundation and The Salvation Army.
Nick Jonas: He has a dog named Elvis.
Joe Jonas: He had a dog named Coco, but, sadly, Coco passed away.
Kevin Jonas: He and his wife have two small dogs named Riley and Maci.
Nick Jonas: Since he was performing at such an early age, he was mostly home-schooled by his mother.
Joe Jonas: He attended Eastern Christian High School and then went on to performing full time while being home-schooled.
Kevin Jonas: He attended Eastern Christian High School and was home-schooled, too.
Nick Jonas: Nick dated Miley Cyrus for a little over a year. He then dated Selena Gomez, followed by Delta Goodrem (Australian singer) and has been coupled with Miss Universe Olivia Culpo since August.
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About Mara Marini
Mara Marini is a Canadian film, television and theater actress perhaps best known for her recurring role as Brandi Maxxxx on the hit NBC comedy series Parks and Recreation. Marini has also appeared in a number of indie comedy and horror films. In 2013, she launched a popular digital comedy video series called Inside Dating on Break.com, will soon be guest-starring on Disney's Kickin' It and shooting a politically incorrect feature comedy this fall. For more information on Mara, check out her official website www.maramarini.com, follow her on Facebook or on Twitter at @popgloss.
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