Buzz on Jonas' self-titled debut is building with its first single, Dear God, a powerful prayer sung from a child's heart concerning the many troubles happening in our world today with the hope that is found in bringing our concerns to God. The song, which will be released to Christian AC radio on October 1st and went to mainstream AC and CHR/Pop formats September 21st, has already received several spins on the popular syndicated radio show Delilah. There is early success on other AC stations as well.
Jonas will perform on CBS' Early Show on November 13th singing multiple songs as well as on the highly rated WB's morning show in New York City on October 11th. He was recently asked to perform the song before 600 United Nations delegates during a symposium on world healing in the age of terrorism.
Jeff Moseley, the President of INO Records, was admittedly nervous about signing someone so young. In a press release, Jeff said, "I entered into the idea of working with a 12-year old with fear and in trepidation. My fears have quickly resolved after realizing just how purposeful he is about what God has called him to do. He has an amazing sense of acuity when it comes to goals and dreams."Moseley continues, "In today's age with pre-manufactured pop, even as young as he is, Nicholas is a breath of fresh air as he has the ability to 'voice' his projects through his singing and songwriting."
Already being compared to a young Stevie Wonder, Jonas' debut also features his family. He wrote eight of the songs along with his father and two brothers, Kevin (17) and Joseph (15). Making it a true family affair, his brothers join as backup on several songs. The project was produced by Carl Sturken and Evan Rogers (N*Sync, Jessica Simpson).
"This is my first record, so I'm very excited about this new experience and I am so blessed to have a family that is so loving and supportive of what I'm doing," comments Jonas. "I hope this record touches a lot of people and I've been praying that the Lord will use it in a big way. The hope of this record is to make people feel good and happy inside. I'm excited to see what comes next."
A passionate and talented singer, songwriter, actor, dancer and performer, Jonas has already starred in four Broadway shows, including the last person to play role of Gavroche in Les Miserables, as Chip in Beauty and the Beast, Little Jake in Annie Get Your Gun with Reba McEntire and Crystal Bernard, and Tiny Tim and the Young Scrooge in A Christmas Carol - the Musical at Madison Square Garden. He has also appeared in numerous commercials.
Jonas' vocal and performing abilities have also been highlighted in Broadway showcases, a special Broadway Christmas recording which included a song he wrote with his father, and starring in the Papermill Playhouse version of The Sound of Music.
Jonas is also the founder of The Nicholas Jonas Change For The Children Foundation, a non-profit organization devoted to the needs of abused, homeless, and terminally ill children. He started this effort after seeing a homeless family on the streets of New York City. His heart is to see children touched through the efforts of other children, including his talented friends in the child-acting Broadway community.