Nick Jonas Interview: ‘Ferdinand’ songwriter
“There was a moment where I thought I can’t do this,” reveals Nick Jonas about writing the original song “Home for the animated feature “Ferdinand.” In our recent webchat (watch the exclusive video above), he adds, “So much of my creative process depends on my personal life and just writing about whatever I feel like that day. But with this, each session that I went into to collaborate on the song, I just didn’t feel I was getting it. It wasn’t until I reached that point of frustration and went into a room with Justin Tranter, and we started talking about what home means to us. Home is everything from your family to your loved ones to the place you come from to your favorite food. Home is the place you feel you belong.
Earlier this month, Jonas received his first ever Golden Globe nomination. He competes for Best Original Song against tunes from “Coco,” “The Greatest Showman,” “Mudbound,” and “The Star.” Regarding that announcement, he says, “I tried not to think about the Golden Globes the night before as to not stress myself out… It’s a really special feeling when you’re recognized for songwriting; for me the thing I’ve been doing longest is writing music. From my first song I wrote with my dad, which was probably pretty terrible when I was about 11 years old, to this one, it feels really good.”
As part of The Jonas Brothers, he received his other major awards nomination in his career: for Best New Artist at the Grammy Awards in 2009. They lost the category against Adele alongside Duffy, Lady Antebellum, and Jazmine Sullivan.
He has been branching off more into the acting world in recent years. Jonas was a series regular on “Kingdom” for the Audience Network, had a recurring role on “Scream Queens,” and now stars in the blockbuster film “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” with Dwayne Johnson and Jack Black. Upcoming will be the feature film “Chaos Walking,” directed by Doug Liman and starring Tom Holland, Daisy Ridley, and Mads Mikkelsen.