Nick Jonas has released a new video for "Chains," the latest single from his self-titled solo album.
The clip shows him chomping on a Cuban cigar while performing at the Wynwood Walls graffiti art gallery in Miami.
The images, of course, play against the squeaky clean image Jonas had while part of the Jonas Brothers, while "Chains' " deeper urban flavor is a departure from the group's melodic pop sound.
But Jonas tells us he makes no apologies for growing and evolving as an artist:
"I think it's really important to approach this phase in my career like I'm starting over, coming with no expectations and sort of put my head down and got to work... I don't think it's a complete departure from things I've done in the past, and in a lot of ways it complements the music I've done in the past, just a growth and an evolution...'Jealous' and 'Chains' give a pretty good idea, but I think once you get even deeper in it, you see the depth."
Jonas has some unexpected time off this spring after the Iggy Azalea tour he was going to be on was postponed.
He's booked for the Boise Music Festival on June 27 in Idaho and will open nine shows for Kelly Clarkson in Canada starting October 1 in Ottawa.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.