After weeks of speculation and unconfirmed reports that made national news, the word has now officially come from the group themselves. The Jonas Brothers, at least for now, are breaking up. The trio opened up to People.com and ABC’s Good Morning America about what was described as “a deep rift within the band” that lead to the cancellation of their tour, and ultimately their break up. People’s exclusive reveals that this decision came after a meeting on Oct. 3. During that meeting Nick Jonas confessed to his brothers that he had serious concerns about the future of the band.
“I was feeling kind of trapped,” he said. “I needed to share my heart with my brothers.”
“It was a unanimous decision,” says Joe.
It’s over for now,” Kevin Jonas says.
“It’s really hard to say ‘forever,’ ” says Nick. “We’re closing a chapter, for sure.”
Whatever the reason for the rift, the Jonas brothers have dedicated much of their lives to the craft of performing, and they made a huge impact on a generation of very loyal and devoted fans. For the Jonas’ that journey began when Nick was 7 years old. According to the band’s bio, the family’s relationship with the entertainment world began with young Nick performing on Broadway. He worked as a child actor in plays like A Christmas Carol, Annie Get Your Gun, Beauty and the Beast and many more. During his time working in the role of Chip in the Beauty and the Beast cast, Nick wrote “Joy To The World (A Christmas Prayer)” with his father. Writing that song lead to him performing it with the Beauty and the Beast cast singing background on the 2002 edition of the “Equity Fight AIDS” album Broadway’s Greatest Gift: Carols For A Cure Vol. 4. That recording was then given to Christian label INO Records, who helped it become a hit on Christian radio airplay charts.
That success soon lead to Nick writing with his brother Joe, who followed Nick’s path of performing success as part of the cast of La Boheme, in a play produced by Baz Luhrmann, know better now for his association with films like Romeo +Juliet, Moulin Rougel, and the 2013 version of The Great Gatsby. While this was happening Nick’s success with INO Records was noticed by execs at Columbia Records, who signed him to a joint venture deal with INO and their subsidiary Daylight Records in 2004.
During his solo time with Columbia Records, Nick released “Dear God”, and a reworked solo version of “Joy To The World (A Christmas Prayer)” as part of his first solo album, which was also called Nick Jonas. Although an executive shake up at Columbia forced the album to be pushed back, and eventually only get limited release, the extra time allowed the 3 brothers to write songs for that album that would impress the label’s incoming leadership. That impression convinced Columbia Records’ then president Steve Greenberg to sign the whole trio to Daylight/Columbia Records as the act we know them as today. While with Columbia the bros toured with standout acts like Kelly Clarkson, Jesse McCartney, Backstreet Boys, and several others. They also released their first single “Mandy”, which was successfully promoted by several mainstream TV outlets like Nickelodeon, and MTV’s TRL. However, to Columbia’s eventual loss, industry politics continued, and according to the band’s manager, their debut album It’s About Time was forcibly limited to 50 thousand copies when released in August of 2006. Changes at Columbia, and mixed opinions on single choices created what was described as lack of interest in promoting the band. They were officially dropped by Columbia in early 2007.
“Joy To The World (A Christmas Prayer)”
From: It’s About Time
They found themselves in need of new record deal around the same time that the Disney Channel exclusively premiered their music video for “Year 3000.” Naturally because of the established relationship, it made sense for Disney to step in and sign them to Hollywood Records in February of 2007.
From: It’s About Time/Jonas Brothers
They rose to fame under Disney’s wing, and Hollywood helped them reach the potential they’d been striving for. They finished working the material that was started with Columbia strongly, and planed to follow it with a much more focused second effort called Jonas Bothers. This time, in addition to the hard work of the boys, the focus also came from Disney maximizing them as one of the company’s s biggest music related priorities of that era Within months they went from needing a new record deal to being teen Pop standouts, appearing on Disney’s Meet The Robinsons soundtrack with “Kids Of The Future” and Disney Mania 5, performing their rendition of the Jungle Book classic, “I Wanna Be Like You.” By the time they released their self titled Hollywood Records debut on August 7th, 2007, they were household names to teens and tweens across the country. Jonas Brothers was able to reached number 5 on the Billboard 200 chart in its first week, marking a new beginning for the band’s music career, and elevating them to star status.
“Kids Of The Future”
From: Meet The Robinsons Soundtrack
Walt Disney Records
That stardom, which was first acknowledged with their own specially tailored episode of Disney Channel’s hit show Hannah Montana, called “Me and Mr. Jonas, And Mr. Jonas, And Mr. Jonas”, launched a fast paced lifestyle of celebrity that presented the trio with record breaking opportunities for their music. Thanks to the right mix proper planning, and a collection of well-written songs ready to go, the guys were able to begin releasing a steady flow of singles and albums consistently from 2007-2011. During their peak the bros starred in Camp Rock, (2008), and Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam (2010) with Demi Lovato. That franchise became the second most successful in Disney Channel’s history, behind only High School Musical. Within that time they sold a combined 20 million units worldwide, earned over 40 Gold and Platinum record certifications and set the Guinness World Record for “Most Singles to Enter Straight into the U.S. Top 20 in a Year by a Group.”
Hanna Montana Featuring Jonas Brothers
“We Got The Party With Us”
From Hanna Montana 2/ Meet Miley Cyrus
Walt Disney/Hollywood Records
Some of their hits to come out of this steady stream of material include “S.O.S.”, “Burnin’ Up,” and “Love Bug.” Through it all the brothers handled fame with what appeared to be a collected awareness of their privileged position, and publically transitioned into young adulthood rather seamlessly. Like many of their fans, we were disappointed to hear of their split. “Pom Poms” came off as fresh, and the “For The First Time’s” video was one of the best-expressed pieces of media to come from their post Disney career. We had great respect for the dedication they showed to doing what they did well, and hoped one day to interview them about it all in a layered discussion.
Demi Lovato & Joe Jonas
“This Is Me”
From: Camp Rock Soundtrack
Walt Disney Records
From: Jonas Brothers
From: A Little Bit Longer
Jonas Brothers Recording
“For The First Time”
Jonas Brothers Recording
Sadly, at least for now, it doesn’t look like that will happen. But maybe that is for the best. All 3 brothers are 25 or younger, and they’ve already lived a lifetime of achievements and responsibilities that most of us never see. Especially if you consider the commitment and maturity they’ve continually projected, even in their break up, it’s easy to assume that the reason for this separating must be significant.
We look forward to Nick and Joe continuing the respected solo careers they already started in 2010. Hopefully they will provide us with plenty of stuff to cover on Clizbeats for years to come. And oh yeah, if Kevin and fam want to invite us back to the Married To Jonas set again, we’re down! Check out the Jonas Brothers’ parting words on Good Morning America below.
Jonas Brothers Discuss Break up
On Good Morning America
In closing, we wanted to share one of their videos that is without a doubt one of our favorites. “When You Look Me In The Eyes” is a song that the 3 of them wrote with their father that was originally released on Nick’s first solo album. It was re-recorded with all three of them singing on it for their Hollywood Records debut. If you ever needed to pick one music video to summarize the qualities that made them great, to us it would be this one. It shows them in their prime as three brothers working together with ease, making quality music for grateful young fan base, and handling the unique experience as a family that is on an adventure and enjoying life. At the risk of sounding corny, we find it kind of heart warming. Take a look and see if you agree.
Our hats are off to you Jonas Bothers! Thank you for the music!
“When You Look Me In The Eyes”
From: Jonas Brothers