Jonas Brothers: Snapshot

With their curly fros and catchy tunes, the Jonas Brothers have revived the fading genre of boy bands. No, they don't dance, but the triple threat from New Jersey – Kevin, Joe and Nick – have seared their rocking siblinghood into pop-culture consciousness.

The trio, who wooed the likes of Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift and Demi Lovato, has crafted hits that have millennial tweens screaming in unison. It's no surprise, then, that they've released two No. 1 albums in 10 months (2008's A Little Bit Longer, 2009's Lines, Vines and Trying Times), graced two Rolling Stone covers, and eventually spun off Nick and Joe into solo careers.

Though the band was set to reunite in 2013, "creative differences" led to the cancellation of their tour, with Joe preferring to focus on acting and Kevin preparing for the arrival of his first child – a girl – with wife Danielle.

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Jonas Brothers: Five Fun Facts

  1. The Jonas Brothers wear purity rings as a symbol of their mutual pact to remain celibate until marriage. "It's a personal decision," Nick told PEOPLE in the magazine's Jonas Brothers Special Collector's Edition. "It's another way for us to be different."
  2. As a kid, Nick Jonas "had this Batman costume that I wore all the time," he told PEOPLE. "It was awesome. I would run around in my backyard and be Batman."
  3. The Jonas Brothers' youngest brother, Frankie, is often referred to as "the Bonus Jonas." But the littlest JoBro – who has his own band, Webline – is nicknamed, "Frank the Tank." "I have it engraved on a brass ring I got at Disney World," he told PEOPLE.
  4. Joe Jonas' favorite fan gift is a hippo. "Someone adopted it for us at a wildlife reserve," he told PEOPLE. "It's named Jonas Brothers."
  5. As a kid, Kevin Jonas was teased about his ears. "They made fun of my Spock ears," he told PEOPLE. "I was such a dork." He also revealed that he has "freckles in the form of a star" on his neck.

Jonas Brothers: Biography

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Growing Up Jonas

As sons of musical parents, the brothers grow up doing sing-alongs around the family piano. Each also begins playing guitar, keyboard and/or drums, and the three oldest boys perform in a series of commercials for Burger King, Clorox, and Lego. "We kind of always grew up into music and making music with my dad," Joe Jonas tells the Houston Chronicle in 2008. "He was part of record labels and things like that. My mom's an amazing singer. We kind of grew into it."


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A Standout Nick

Six-year-old Nick nabs an audition with a talent agent. Soon, he is singing on Broadway in shows such as Les Miserables and Beauty and the Beast. "Broadway was really great training for what we're doing now," Nick tells Minneapolis' Star-Tribune. In 2002, he cowrites a holiday tune with his dad, Kevin, called "Joy to the World (A Christmas Prayer)," helping Nick land a solo deal with Daylight/INO/Columbia Records, which releases his solo debut album in 2004.


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One Becomes Three

Nick asks brothers Kevin and Joe to rehearse with him at home. The resulting sound prompts the boys' decision to form a trio. "We knew we could do this," Kevin tells the New Haven Register. "The pieces started falling into place." After performing their song, "Please Be Mine," for Columbia Records exec Steve Greenberg (who discovered Hanson), they sign with the label. "I liked the idea of putting together this little garage-rock band," Greenberg tells Billboard. They go on to open for the likes of Kelly Clarkson and the Cheetah Girls.

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Photo Credits

Top Left: Bob D'Amico

BIOGRAPHY (top to bottom): Courtesy of The Jonas Brothers;; Gary Gershoff/WireImage

Edited by Julia Wang

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