- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Nick Jonas knew it was time to move on. After achieving fame with his brothers, Joe and Kevin, Mr. Jonas struck out on his own. 

“I think the biggest difference is that it really is just my vision, which feels liberating,” Mr. Jonas told The Washington Times ahead of performing at The Fillmore in Silver Spring, Maryland, Tuesday. “I enjoyed the work I got to do with my brothers and kind of wish we could get together to make music, but I really care [about] what I’m saying [now].”

Mr. Jonas has been pursuing rock stardom of a different kind away from the stage lately as well. Pairing up with the Staples initiative called Think It Up, Mr. Jonas has been acting an ambassador for the program launched by The Entertainment Industry Foundation. In his capacity, Mr. Jonas works tireless to help inspire young students achieve success via student-teacher learning projects. 

In a recent PSA, Mr. Jonas spoke of the need to continue such learning projects for young people in a collaborative process with educators for innovative teaching methodology. 

“I’m excited to serve as the Think It Up Ambassador and team up with Staples to empower students and teachers across the country,” Mr. Jonas recently told Market Watch. “Through Think It Up, we can all help students play a more active role in their education. We should all follow our passions to create our futures.”

Mr. Jonas, whose influences range from classic rock to hip-hop, said that his writing style and subject matter have become more adult as he has grown and matured. He said his current tour, which takes him to smaller venues such as The Fillmore, allows him a chance to more intimately connect with his fans.

“We worked on really high-quality video concepts just to bring this live experience to life in the music, and what I’m saying in the music and the scale of these venues,” he said. “And I can see the reaction of the fans and overall just the passion behind this next phase of my life and career.”

Mr. Jonas lit up the celebrity buzz sphere over the weekend when TMZ published photos of him with Kate Hudson together in Florida. Mr. Jonas, 23, and Miss Hudson, 36, were photographed at Disney World, and Miss Hudson was also seen in the crowd at Mr. Jonas‘ show at the House of Blues in Orlando on Saturday evening. 

Keeping things professional, Mr. Jonas will not say definitively if the two are in fact dating.

“I try to keep my personal life as quiet as possible. Just so that there are things to be kept to yourself,” he said. “I’m very happy at the moment, just kind of live my life and being single. I’m definitely trying to keep my personal life kind of in a private way.”   

However, he is quick to discuss his ongoing musical and acting efforts, including on television shows “Kingdom” and “Scream Queens.”

“Between the two of those I feel like I have my hands pretty full,” he said. “Timing is really key, and building in the time to do many different things that I want to do. I really hope acting can be an equal part with music in my career and something I really hope to continue going into over the next couple years.”

If trapped on a desert island, Mr. Jonas said the albums he would definitely have on hand include Stevie Wonder’s greatest hits, Carole King’s “Tapestry” and Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” (Mr. Jonas was privileged to perform with Mr. Wonder at the Grammys alongside his brothers.)

While he won’t release a new album until the spring, Mr. Jonas continues to have his hands full with touring and his philanthropic efforts raising diabetes awareness. Mr. Jonas, who was diagnosed with Type I diabetes as a teenager, instructs others on how to manage the condition through his nonprofit organization, Beyond Type 1. 

When asked if he might ever perform with his brothers again, Mr. Jonas replied, “Never say never.” 

“My time with [my brothers] was perfect for what it was,” the singer said. “I think that I’m really happy to be on my own, and the success I’ve seen now with the solo music has been incredible.”

 


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