10 of the Best Quotes From Nick Jonas

Nick Jonas has a storied career. He’s been a floppy-haired and cherub-voiced vocalist in the Jonas Brothers. He’s been a less floppy-haired and more gruff vocalist in the Jonas Brothers. He’s been a soulful solo artist and a seasoned actor. Over the last decade or so, Jonas has proven his chops as a multifaceted artist–both alongside his brothers and on his own.

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The youngest member of the Jonas Brothers has shelled out countless morsels of noteworthy advice. Find 15 of his best soundbites, below.

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1. “It sounds funny, but my biggest fear is that I’m not perfect. I’m a perfectionist, and I get upset when things go wrong or when I don’t do well.”

2. “My faith plays a big part in who I am: a Christian guy playing pop-rock music. I’m in a pop-rock band, not a Christian band.”

3. “People who are feeling bullied and people who feel like outsiders should talk to their parents and guardians about finding a place with likeminded people where they can feel accepted. That’s what I needed, and that’s what I found with musical theater.”

4. “I’ve been blessed to have acting opportunities in movies, television, as well as Broadway, and definitely want to continue to do so.”

5. “My real musical discovery started when I was 10 with Stevie Wonder and the Jackson 5, and acts that I connected with because they were young when they were doing it, like me. Then I kind of came into my own a couple of years later; I found new artists that shaped my musical landscape. For instance, Kings of Leon played a big part in that.”

6. “I’m not one of these Disney haters. I’m really appreciative of the foundation it laid for me.”

7. “The one mentality I’ve always tried to have is that no matter what stage in your career that you are in as a musician or a performer or a songwriter or whatever, there’s always more to learn.”

8. “I think we wanted there to be a cohesive nature to the sound of the record. We were really leaning into that Laurel Canyon, Americana, Eagles-influenced sound, and also making sure the themes were all things that were relevant to us. A lot of the time was spent with [singer/songwriter] Jon [Bellion], just talking about where we were at that point in our lives, as people, and how we could effectively tell those stories in the music”

9. “If there are songs that don’t immediately feel like they fit perfectly in the collection of songs you’re building, then maybe take a [break] and just observe the overall vision. You can always change your mind and go down a different path that’s feeling right in that moment.”

10. “The world of music is changing so dramatically every day, the way people hear music. It’s different. It’s a new day and requires new thinking.”

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