Fame And Family

The Jonas Brothers rocketed out of New Jersey when they made an enormous splash with their debut effort, "It's About Time."

A normal day for The Jonas Brothers

With Ear Candy hits "S.O.S." and "Year 3000," the three brothers, Kevin, Nick and Joseph Jonas caught the eye and ear of a certain Hannah Montana. Before they knew it they were opening up for Miley Cyrus on her phenomenally successful world tour. Nick was even Cyrus' boyfriend for period.

As soon as Cyrus' audience grabbed a hold of the brothers Jonas, everything went from chaotically exciting to off-the-charts international sensations.

With their new album not due until August, the boys are generating some serious heat, long before any tracks even hit the singles-driven radio charts or a title has been released.

For a moment, Kevin, 20, Joseph, 18, and Nick, 15, stepped out of the storm of swelling popularity to discuss the finer points of music superstardom with SheKnows.

Entering hurricane Jonas

SheKnows:You guys were obviously all drawn to music, how did it work out that the three of you picked up instruments that worked for you guys to even become a band in the first place?

Kevin:It was definitely something where we grew into what we love. I started messing around with instruments when I was younger, drums, bass, everything. But I found when I picked up the guitar it really connected and I really felt at home there. Nick started to play piano and guitar and drums, because he's super talented on all of them, the same thing with Joseph.

SheKnows:Coming from New Jersey and being the shadow of New York City, what was it like during that very first trip to New York for the family where the visit was for you to be on TRL?

Kevin:It was an amazing. It really was. We had so much fun even just going up there to TRL. We were going to Times Square to be on TRL. (They all laugh)

Joseph:We have great fans who vote for us, so we'll probably be back.

SheKnows:I would think MTV might make room for you guys. Did it strike you at the time about the artists that have walked through that studio?

Nick:Oh yeah, definitely. We've seen the TRL birthday where the 18-wheelers unload in the middle of Times Square and a million people come out. That first visit to TRL was definitely a moment in our lives.

Their Father's Day present is success

SheKnows:The thing that struck me the most about your music is the harmony. Part of that could be that you all come from the same place, but even so, priceless harmony is a rare find. Is that something that occurred to you guys right away that you sang well together?

Kevin: We grew up in church choirs and things like that. We had to learn specific harmonies. My dad is a harmonic expert. We grew up with my dad teaching us how to sing. It is amazing thing. We have him on the road with us and he helps us out. He's there at rehearsals listening. He makes sure it's happening.

The family that plays together stays together

SheKnows:That leads me to my next question, is again, how rare it is that siblings would grow up and be so talented as you guys are together, were your parents musicians?

Joseph:Our parents are very musical, especially our dad. He's an amazing musician. Our mom has amazing vocals. We always grew up around music and around music people.

SheKnows:Nick, you all seem so grounded, even with the swirl that has got to be your lives, is it your parents to credit for that as well?

Nick:We have such a strong family core. It helps to have people that are musically refined as well.

Kevin:We grew up in my parent's van traveling across the country doing music with our church and stuff. My parents would go to churches all around the country singing. Now, they're traveling with us across the country in our tour bus. It's pretty awesome.

In the beginning, The Jonas Brothers first album cover

The undefinable Jonas sound

SheKnows:Individually, you each bring something different to your sound. You each like different genres of music. What did each of you listen to growing up that fueled this very unique blend that seems to be a little bit of everything?

Kevin:My first tape I ever bought, it was a tape, which is funny, was MXPX record. Punk rock band, I loved rock n' roll music, we all do. Then, I started playing acoustic a lot more. Then I got to like John Meyer. It was an evolution of what I loved and learned to love over time. It's just good music. My dad was always playing The Beatles and Al Green for us, Earth, Wind and Fire, everything.

SheKnows:It's kind of hard not to appreciate everything with those guys as your models.

Jonas Brothers in unison:Definitely.

The brothers Jonas' iTunes moment

SheKnows: As a fan of iTunes, what was it first like when you opened up that iTunes store, and you were number one?

Joseph:It was crazy. We were watching it every day cheering it up. 'Come on, one more!' (laughs) It was amazing. The artists around us at the time are some of the biggest out there.

SheKnows:Is it me, or does it seem that the brother bands of the past didn't get along, Oasis, Black Crowes, so you guys are the exception. Was that again, a credit to your parents teaching you respect? I mean, you're in a tour bus all day, nerves will be frayed.

Kevin: We have an amazing family base. We rarely ever fight. We've learned how to deal with being together so much. Everything we do is together. (laughs)

Nick: We've become a really solid, tight band. We have learned how to play well together.

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Comments on "The Jonas Brothers and the family business"

simran July 20, 2009 | 7:27 AM

i love u joe. you r so cute!!!

yosha July 15, 2009 | 10:53 PM

i like to watch the jonas brothers on clips and listening to their song i'm just a fan of the jonas brothers.KEEP ON ROCKING JONAS BROTHERS YOU ROCK

eMiss March 13, 2009 | 10:00 PM

i love JONAS!

Dakota Brannam January 07, 2009 | 1:01 PM

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Lilly December 23, 2008 | 3:47 PM

I love the jonas Brothers! Especially NiCK,not only cuz he's good looking but he's very sinsitive and nice

MIA :) July 10, 2008 | 1:52 AM

Omj i love the jonas brothers :) i love joe joe is hot!!! Xoxo i love joe

Molly =] June 28, 2008 | 7:06 PM

hey guys.. ur music is pretty awesome nd ur all pretty cute too. i love how ur family is so close nd stuff.. u always hear about how celebrities' fams are like all messed up. i admire u guys and hope to be a musician someday too. nd i loved camp rock.. ~Molly =]

Luda June 26, 2008 | 6:44 AM

hey im a huge fan of the joe bros but i think nicks the hottest and then joe and then kevin but joe and kevin are to old for me so i guess nick is the one i have to love but joe and i luv ya guys to but i wanted to thank u guys 4 actuly makin music we could listen to thts good i luv ya guys ♥ and ill c ya guys at ur hersey consert i think i spelled tht wrong 'o' well. but i luv the joe bros

Celina June 23, 2008 | 1:35 PM

If I could switch places with Joe, I would go to my house then ask myself to marry me. Then if he says no, I wouldask Nick!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BUT I LOVE JOE EVEN MOR THAN NICK AND KEVIN!! ALSO, THATS NOT KEVINS REAL NAME, ITS PAUL KEVIN JONAS!!!

cassy June 22, 2008 | 7:13 PM


kaycie June 22, 2008 | 8:53 AM

Nick how old aer you really! i have brwon really curly wavy hair and hazel green eyes and im 131 just wanted to say hi.

brooke June 21, 2008 | 6:30 AM

omg give the boys a break their cool n all but their only human and girls dont you think you have to get to know the person before you jump into marriage

Ragan June 19, 2008 | 1:14 PM

I love JB!! OMG and I especially love Nick!! He is so funny and cute who wouldnt love him for that? I LOVE NICK JONAS 4EVA!! And he loves me!! JK I wish!! I love you NICK!! Keep up the good work!! xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox from your #1 fan! keep on rockin'!

help! June 17, 2008 | 4:40 PM

wats the fourth brothers!! name!!!

Kacie June 17, 2008 | 12:21 PM

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darZieH June 17, 2008 | 12:27 AM

i loVe joNas bRothers!!

kristina June 16, 2008 | 7:58 PM

nick you are so cute

Alex June 16, 2008 | 5:23 AM

the jonas brothers are anyone a everyone! they can sing, dance, act, play guitars there totall hotties! theres nothing bad you can say about those cuties!!! i dont like kevin. i luv nick and joe is good too jonas brothers rule!!!

Jordan June 15, 2008 | 7:06 PM


Kirby June 14, 2008 | 6:08 PM

They are such amazing role models! Even though have the fans like them only for their looks, they are so much more beautiful deep down. Even though some celebrities say it doesnt go to their head, You can really tell with these amazing boys. They are all sweet hearts and I have been a fan since the begining and always will.

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