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While this shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, count Kevin Jonas as one of the many happy with the accomplishments of his younger brother Nick.

“Nick’s doing an amazing job. He’s working his ass off and having so much fun,” the oldest JoBro told me last week on the red carpet at the Garden of Dreams Talent Show inside Radio City Music Hall. “I think the music speaks for itself. Yunno, having two top 10 hits is huge, and it’s a feat all in its own.”
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The youngest of the three musicians scored success on the pop chart with “Jealous” and “Chains.” Perhaps also not surprising: it doesn’t seem Nick is stopping there.

“I’ve heard there’s more music coming as well,” revealed Kevin. “So, I’m excited for him.”

Count Kevin strictly as a cheerleader though, and not as an older brother who tries to play mentor.

“Nick’s doing his thing. Each one of us is kind of doing our own thing,” he responded when I asked him about mentoring his younger bro. I posed the question because the event we were at centers on mentorship: the Garden of Dreams Foundation partners kids facing obstacles with celebrities throughout entertainment to receive guidance leading up to the event at Radio City.

Kevin did note that as the Jonas Brothers grew up, they had a few big names and experiences to lean on themselves.

“We got to meet a lot of amazing people as we got to travel and do different things,” Jonas noted, immediately mentioning the 51st GRAMMYs performance that the boys shared with Stevie Wonder. “Talking to Paul McCartney and being able to share our stories and him actually wanting to hear what we had to say and to tell us about his life… it’s just, things like that I’ll never forget.”

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The Garden of Dreams Foundation held its annual Talent Show at Radio City Music Hall on Thursday. Children from across the tri-state area who are facing obstacles were chosen with the help of partner organizations to perform on the Great Stage at Radio City.

“People need to see the beauty in each person, no matter what situation they’re in,” Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels, one of the celebrity mentors to the kids, told “Ralphie Tonight before the show. “That’s what we do here at the Garden of Dreams.”

In addition to the celebrity mentors from across the entertainment industry that helped the performers prepare, a number of other stars showed up on Thursday to lend their support – including “Sopranos” actor Steve Schirripa, Kevin Jonas and Chef Anne Burrell.

“If you have found your path, hopefully much earlier than I did, you know what? Stick to it, and love it,” Burrell said of the advice she usually gives kids. “And if you love it, you’ll be good at it.”
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Other mentors for the show included model Damaris Lewis, The Rockettes and “Today” host Hoda Kotb. The event was hosted by MSG Networks’ Al Trautwig and Jill Martin.

There certainly was no shortage of star power, or inspiring stories. Braeden Hahn is a 14 year-old from Fredon, N.J. He was treated for severe aplastic anemia, but on Thursday when I asked him how he was feeling, that seemed to be the furthest thing from his mind. The singer and guitarist told me he was a little nervous, but excited to perform at Radio City – the largest stage he had yet to grace. Hahn chose to sing John Mayer’s “Gravity.”

“When I was in the hospital, I first heard the song and it just got to me because my sickness was trying to bring me down, just like the gravity, and I wouldn’t let it.”

“It’s exciting man,” Nick Jonas said on “Ralphie Tonight.” “It’s great to get this new music out.”

And on Monday, that new music saw the light of day. The youngest of the three that comprised the “Jonas Brothers,” Nick released a solo, self-titled album Monday through his new deal with Island Records. Chances are you knew this, as it was impossible to miss Nick on TV (“Fashion Rocks”), radio (for one, my show, which played the hit single “Jealous”) or print (you should not need a reminder about his much talk and tweeted about photo spread in Flaunt Magazine).

“Every day is a new discovery for people about who I am and what I’m willing to say; what I want to say in my music,” the 22 year-old explained. “It’s a thrilling thing to get to start over and be reintroduced to people.”

The “Jonas Brothers” were a huge success – touring the country, selling millions of albums globally, and starring in Disney movies. But as soon as the brothers parted ways with Disney and Hollywood Records, the three were able to have more control over whom they were and how they wanted to be perceived. Perhaps it was then that at least or especially from a musical standpoint, it made sense for the group to disband. They eventually went their separate ways professionally in 2013.

Now the youngest Jonas of the three is back in the spotlight, but there are a number of noticeable differences this time around. Now grown-up, Jonas wasn’t afraid to pose in his boxers for Flaunt, or cast his girlfriend, former Miss Universe Olivia Culpo, as his co-star in the music video for “Jealous.”

“There were some preconceived ideas of what I was comfortable with and who I was,” he noted. “I think just kind of trying to educate and give people a better idea is what I’ve been doing.”

In that sense, Jonas’ new project is already a success. And while his priorities may have changed (whose don’t when they grow older?), the bond with his brothers has endured.

“I played (the album) for my brothers,” Nick revealed. “They heard it and loved it.

“They more give their opinion on what they think should be singles and stuff,” Jonas continued. “It’s helpful.”

So far, the project has gone better than Jonas could have anticipated, and it’s far from over. “Jealous” is still climbing the pop radio airplay charts, and the artist is slated to perform at this year’s “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.” It is Jonas’ first time back since, you guessed it; he appeared on it with his brothers back in 2007.

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If you don’t live under a rock then there’s a good chance you already heard about Kevin Jonas popping the question to his girlfriend of two years, Danielle Deleasa. But did you see the rock?!

Not bad. Jonas helped design the 3-carat solitaire cushion-cut diamond, surrounded by 210 round brilliant-cut pave diamonds with Jacob & Co., aka Jacob the jeweler. Jacob is a jeweler- to-the-stars and has done engagement rings for celebs such as Mariah Carey.

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Ralphie still can’t believe how much Kevin Jonas’s 21st Birthday Gift is worth. Listen to the report from TMZ’s Leslie Harris to find out…

Catch Leslie on TMZ TV – Weekdays at 6 on Channel 38 – The CW

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The oldest Jonas Brother, 20 year-old Kevin, called in to The Ralphie Radio Show and talked about the band’s new CD – A Little Bit Longer, growing up near NEPA, the brothers’ hectic schedule, and the popularity of their security guard – Big Rob!

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