While his brothers spent their spring break on vacation, Nick Jonas went to work: He headed to Nashville’s Blackbird Studio with three former members of Prince’s New Power Generation, recording a set of new songs “that weren’t good for the Jonas Brothers,” the 17-year-old pop star says.
In just eight days, Jonas and his new backing band – called the Administration, in reference to his nickname, Mr. President – crafted Jonas’ solo debut. The 10-track disc marks a sharp departure from the sprightly power pop he writes with the Jonas Brothers: Songs like, “In the End” and “Olive and the Arrow” explore Seventies blue-eyed soul, while loose, noodly R&B tunes such as “Rose Garden” echo John Mayor. “It’s very much like a Sixties or Seventies thing – we played together as a band and recorded with very few overdubs,” says Jonas, who cites classic soul acts like Bill Withers and Stevie Wonder, along with young artists such as Johnny Lang, as big influences on the record. And Jonas is hoping to road-test the material for a short tour to promote the disc. “I hope that when people listen to it,” he says, “they listen with unbiased ears.”