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Herald Sun - Hit - - THE HIT LIST - with JOE JONAS

JOE Jonas is in a happy place. The 28-year-old mu­sic star is all smiles af­ter his re­cent en­gage­ment to Game Of Thrones’ Sansa Stark, UK ac­tor So­phie Turner.

Jonas, who is best known as one third of the chart-top­ping Jonas Broth­ers, is shin­ing pro­fes­sion­ally as well.

Jonas’s band DNCE scored big with de­but sin­gle Cake By the Ocean and re­cently re­leased new song Dance. Add his new gig as a coach on The Voice in Aus­tralia into the mix and there is plenty to cel­e­brate.

Jonas started dat­ing 22year-old Turner in 2016 and the pair be­came en­gaged in Oc­to­ber last year. Past flames had in­cluded Tay­lor Swift, Camilla Belle and Demi Lo­vato.

“I am very happy ob­vi­ously,” Jonas says. “Every­body at some point in their life … you just know (who is right for you).

“I don’t plan on chang­ing too much in my life. She (Turner) is work­ing too. We have this mu­tual re­spect of each other’s busy sched­ules. We have an un­der­stand­ing that this is the time in our lives, when we are still young, to take full ad­van­tage of our ca­reers.”

Jonas was a men­tor on US ver­sion of The Voice last year and says it was a no-brainer to join Boy George, Delta Goodrem and Kelly Row­land for this year’s sea­son of The Voice in Aus­tralia.

“What won me over was Aus­tralia, to be hon­est,” Jonas says. “I’ve been here a bunch of times. I used to come here on va­ca­tion. Then I toured here two years ago. I think it could be a sec­ond home.”

Jonas comes to The Voice with plenty of pedi­gree. The Jonas Broth­ers — Joe, older brother Kevin and younger brother Nick — went dou­ble plat­inum in Amer­ica with their self-ti­tled sec­ond al­bum.

Third al­bum A Lit­tle Bit Longer and fol­low-up Lines, Vines and Try­ing Times de­buted at No.1 on the Bill­board charts.

The Jonas Broth­ers hit big on tele­vi­sion with Camp Rock and re­al­ity show Jonas Broth­ers: Liv­ing the Dream.

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Ex­pe­ri­ence is one of the high­est gross­ing con­cert movies of all time. But by 2013 the band had splin­tered. A pro­posed fifth al­bum, V, was scrapped. A tour was can­celled.

“When I was with my broth­ers for years and we de­cided to stop, it felt like the rug had been pulled from un­der­neath me,” Jonas says. “I didn’t know where I was. I took time to fig­ure it out.” One thing Jonas didn’t want to do was re­visit the sort of mu­sic he did on 2011 solo al­bum Fastlife. Jonas wanted to go in a funk di­rec­tion, but his record la­bel in­sisted that he try to ape Justin Tim­ber­lake.

“One of the things I would tell my younger self is to be con­fi­dent enough to know what sort of mu­sic to do,” Jonas says.

“When I did the solo thing there were a lot of peo­ple telling me the vibe I should go for and the mu­sic sound, and I knew all along but I just didn’t have the guts to take a leap of faith and try it.

“There were a lot of cooks in the kitchen and I didn’t ex­press my­self as an artist. I felt like I lived years of that sex sym­bol thing and I thought ‘I love rock and funk mu­sic and be­ing sur­rounded by great mu­si­cians so I’m go­ing to call my bud­dies and see if they want to do it’ and it worked out (with DNCE).”

Jonas plans to pass those lessons on to his team dur­ing The Voice.

“I am the new guy but I’ve been lucky enough to work with so many dif­fer­ent artists — ev­ery­one from Rod Ste­wart to Nicki Mi­naj,” Jonas says.

“I bring ex­pe­ri­ence to The Voice that the con­tes­tant may not re­alise — pro­duc­ing, song­writ­ing as well as do­ing it young and grow­ing into it as an adult and then start­ing a new ca­reer.

“I’ve also worked with artists that aren’t nec­es­sar­ily my genre. My dad was a coun­try singer and I grew up singing gospel in church so there are a lot of things I bring to the ta­ble.”

Jonas says he is still close to Nick, who fa­mously dated Goodrem for 10 months be­fore split­ting in Fe­bru­ary 2012.

“Me and my younger brother are re­ally close. He came out here (to Aus­tralia) for a week to visit and that was re­ally fun.

“I’m re­ally com­fort­able per­form­ing on stage but be­ing on The Voice is dif­fer­ent. When you sit in that chair and hear those voices and you hit that but­ton and some­body else does too, you have to pitch re­ally hard.

“That is the ma­jor thing I didn’t ex­pect — it is a sell­ing bat­tle and you will do what­ever it takes. You will name drop. It gets re­ally com­pet­i­tive.”

To take time to have fun and smell the roses is an­other thing Jonas has learnt the hard way.

“An­other thing I’d tell my younger self is to stop and en­joy life a bit more,” Jonas says.

“If I can pass my knowl­edge on to the next su­per­star, I will feel pretty good.”

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Colin Vick­ery


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