Nick Jonas wanted to talk baseball when he was approached by the Cubs’ Ryan Dempster and Randy Wells during his morning visit to Wrigley Field Monday. The Cubs pitchers, however, had something else in mind.
“It was more them asking me questions about what it is I do,” Jonas said. “That’s the way it always goes. Baseball players want to be musicians and musicians want to be baseball players.”
Besides talking music with Dempster and Wells — the latter having once co-written a song with country singer Stoney LaRue — the 18-year-old member of the Jonas Brothers toured Wrigley and took part in batting practice.
“It’s a beautiful park with a lot of history,” said Jonas, sporting batting gloves and a No. 2 Cubs jersey with his last name on the back. “It’s fun to come here and take a few swings. This is my first time here.”
Afterward, Jonas visited Navy Pier to promote the Quaker Chewy Superstar Search — a nationwide singing competition for children ages 8-14. The winner of the competition will earn a contract with Jonas Group Management and record a song produced by Jonas.
Jonas himself has been through the audition process before. He attended a casting call for the TV show “America’s Most Talented Kid” in his home state of New Jersey when he was younger. “I didn’t make it,” Jonas said, “but it was fun trying out.”
Although he’s still a teenager, Jonas believes he is experienced enough to help guide his contest’s winner.
“I think I’ve learned a lot in my 11 years of doing this,” said Jonas, who began performing on Broadway at the age of 7. “I can give them advice on how to follow their dreams.”
The youngest member of the Jonas Brothers wrote and co-wrote every song on 2010’s “Who I Am,” the debut album of his side project, Nick Jonas & The Administration. He also wrote two songs with “American Idol” champ Lee DeWyze for the Mount Prospect native’s next album.
“I want to make writing and producing my main focus,” Jonas said.
Is he interested in producing a Jonas Brothers album or his brothers’ side projects?
“I don’t know,” Jonas said. “As far as writing and producing, it’s moreso for other people. I enjoy doing that and providing new ideas and concepts. When it comes to projects my brothers are doing or we might do together, we’ll see what happens.”Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun