A few years ago, after some rather intense self-examination, the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival® decided that it needed to re-double its efforts to appeal to the broadest possible spectrum of Bloom fans; and, most especially to its younger fans…..the future of the Bloom Nation…..its “lifelong-fans-in-the-making.” In recent years, the Festival has made several attempts to bring in Disney Channel-related acts; but, for a multitude of reasons, has not been able to complete a deal. In this year, when the Festival’s year-after-year persistence has paid off several times already, it seems only natural that Festival President, Jim Douglas, is able to proudly announce that Kevin Jonas, oldest brother of the fabulous Jonas Brothers, has accepted the Festival’s invitation to serve as the 2015 White House® Foods Grand Marshal.
Kevin Jonas first received recognition in the entertainment industry as guitarist and back-ground vocalist for the Grammy-nominated band, Jonas Brothers, alongside his brothers Nick and Joe. He has since proved to have just as much energy off the stage as on, while continuing to establish himself as a talented musician and savvy businessman. As a key member of the pop/rock band, Jonas Brothers, Kevin and his brothers received numerous coveted musical honors and awards; picked up multiple platinum album certifications; and, toured the world time and time again. In 2008, Jonas Brothers made SoundScan history as the only artist to hold three titles in the Top 10, with their third album, “A Little Bit Longer,” at #1 (which sold 525,000 units in the first week); the “Camp Rock” soundtrack at #8 (which sold over 2.5 million copies worldwide); and, their sophomore album, “Jonas Brothers,” at #10 on the Billboard Top 200. Their fourth album, “Lines, Vines and Trying Times,” debuted at #1 and was one of 2009’s top album debuts. After taking some time away from the band to pursue individual ventures, in the spring of 2013, the Jonas Brothers returned to release their single, “Pom Poms,” which hit #1 on iTunes in 14 countries. They followed with the release of “First Time”, a song that quickly became one of the band’s most popular songs on radio. Both singles were debut tracks off of the group’s fifth studio album, “V;” however, the group disbanded on amicable terms before the album’s fall 2013 release.
In addition to his musical accomplishments, Kevin launched his acting career in 2008 with a role alongside his brothers in the Disney Channel Original Movie “Camp Rock,” which was 2008’s #1 cable TV entertainment telecast in Total Viewers (10.1 million). Following the success of “Camp Rock,” Disney Channel launched the original series “JONAS L.A.” in 2009, which immediately became the networks’ #1 ranked show. Kevin has also co-hosted a number of nationally syndicated shows including: “Live! with Kelly,” “Access Hollywood Live” on NBC, and “E! News.” In 2012, he and his wife, Danielle, welcomed cameras into their home to film the television series, “Married to Jonas,” which debuted on “E!” and chronicles their personal lives, with plots centered around Kevin and Danielle’s two families coming together as one.
Kevin has always been devoted to giving back to those in need through Jonas Brothers’ Change for the Children Foundation. He supports Volunteer Text Program to encourage community volunteerism, among other charities. Kevin is also an ambassador for Disney’s Friends for Change program, a multiplatform environmental initiative that helps kids help the planet. The start of 2014 has already proven to be their most exciting year yet, as Kevin and his wife welcomed their baby girl, Alena Rose. Recently, Kevin was a contestant on Season 14 of NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice;” and, continues to invest himself in a number of innovative ventures that span across many industries, which will only better establish him as a player in the start-up and tech worlds. He developed and launched his first app, Yood!, a food-on-demand discovery application last November, and has 3 more apps in development now.
Kevin Jonas will be coming to the Apple Capital from his home in the New York City area. The public’s best chance to see Kevin will be along the Grand Feature Parade Route, the aptly named “Trail of Pink Petals,” on Saturday afternoon, May 2nd. The main body of the Grand Feature Parade steps off at 1:30pm. The Festival has street-level chair seating along Cork Street and Braddock Street, with a Chair Riser on Piccadilly Street at the Handley Library. The Festival’s premium seating is along Handley Boulevard in the vicinity of the Queen’s Reviewing Stand. The Festival gratefully thanks White House® Foods and David and Paige Gum for Title-Sponsoring the Festival’s 2015 Grand Marshal.