There were 40,000 people, and we needed to get a helicopter in order to make it to the show because the traffic was so bad.I remember sitting in that helicopter, flying over all those cars, and thinking, This is really happening. They’ve done it with so many pop stars and young actors, from Hilary Duff to the High School Musical crew.
I didn’t even notice whatever else was happening onstage. We eventually left our church, Assembly of God, when I was 14.
A scandal had erupted involving stolen money, and it caused a big rift in the church.
I went to school until about seventh grade, before my parents decided to homeschool us. Was pretty good with science, and I was great at music class. When Nick was 7, he began singing everywhere—in the house, in the hair salon even, which is where he was discovered.
We never really had an idea of making music together, but years later when Nick was working on his debut album, Nicholas Jonas, Kevin and I genuinely wanted to write with him.
So we wrote a song together in the living room called “Please Be Mine,” which we thought would just be for Nick.
But when our dad heard us, he said we should play it for David Massey, who was A&R-ing Nick’s project at the time.We got a sitcom called Jonas in which we played characters named Kevin, Joe, and Nick Lucas, members of an already-famous band.But the thing about the show was that some of the writing on it was terrible.For a few years, my two brothers, our father, our backup band, and I drove around in a van from city to city, playing any venue that would have us—schools, churches, bat mitzvahs—while our mother stayed at home to take care of our youngest brother, Frankie. We opened up for the Veronicas, who had a club crowd, and we had to prove to those crowds that we could really play. It was always a struggle because every single night we were walking into hate.Sometimes people flipped us off, threw water bottles at us.We even did a Good Housekeeping story with our mom where we were wearing these horrible pastels. Disney made us more famous than we ever knew we could be.