- 1 Who is Jonah Marais?
- 2 Untold Truth of Jonah Marais
- 3 Career Beginning
- 4 Creation of the Why Don’t We and Debut Release
- 5 Rise to Stardom
- 6 “8 Letters” and Newest Endeavors
- 7 Awards and Honors
- 8 Jonah Marais Net Worth, Height, Weight, and Appearance
- 9 Jonah Marais Personal Life, Dating, Girlfriend, Is He Single
Who is Jonah Marais?
Jonah Marais is an American musician and pop singer, who is best known to the world as a member of the boy band Why Don’t We, often stylized WDW. With other members, Zach Herron, Daniel Seavey, Jack Avery and Corbyn Besson he has become popular thanks to songs such as “What Am I”, “These Girls”, and others.
Untold Truth of Jonah Marais
Jonah Marais Roth Frantzich was born on the 16th June 1998, in Stillwater, Minnesota; he is the son of Tim Frantzich, a musician and a teacher, and his wife, Carrie, who is a midwife. Jonah is one of their four children, with siblings Zebulon, Esther Grace, and Svea.
From an early age, Jonah began expressing interest in poetry and music, but before launching his music career he would attend poetry festivals with his family during summer, a practice he has continued following his musical breakthrough. He has left school since he started pursuing music, though his mother hopes that he will enroll into college in the future.
Jonah was involved in music way before he joined Why Don’t We; he started online with the YouNow platform, and soon caught the attention of Chad Grier, the father of internet sensations Nash and Hayes Grier.
With them, he went on a DigiTour through the US, visiting such cities as Los Angeles, Memphis, Dallas and others. His popularity increased, and he was able to land some record deals. His first single came out in 2015, entitled “I Meant It”, and the same year he released a second song, “Night Changes”, and the following year his third single – “Next Ex-Girlfriend – followed by his debut EP “When the Daylight’s Gone”, which received positive reviews by both fans and critics.
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— Jonah • WHY DON’T WE (@JonahMarais) December 18, 2019
Creation of the Why Don’t We and Debut Release
Jonah, like other musicians who started uploading videos on social media platforms, got in touch with Zach Herron, Daniel Seavey, Jack Avery, and Corbyn Besson, and they began collaborating together in 2015, which eventually gave birth to the new boy band Why Don’t We, finally announced in September 2016. The debut single came out in October 2016, entitled “Taking You”. The band continued to work on new music and their debut EP came out on the 25th November 2016, entitled “Only the Beginning”, peaking at No. 5 on the Top Heatseekers chart.
Rise to Stardom
The next year, Jonah and the rest went on their first tour – “Taking You” – before in April 2017 releasing their second EP “Something Different”, which was followed by another headlining tour, “Something Different Tour”. Just two months later, Why Don’t We released their third EP “Why Don’t We Just”, which at the time became their highest rated release as it reached No. 2 on the Top Heatseekers chart.
Thanks to the success of their music, they were noticed by several record labels, and in September 2017 signed their first contract with a major label Atlantic Records.
The following month their next EP live, entitled “Invitation”, came out, their first release to reach the Billboard 200 chart, at No. 113, while it again peaked at No. 2 on the Top Heatseekers chart. Their next EP – “A Why Don’t We Christmas” – actually reached No. 1 on the Top Heatseekers chart.
“8 Letters” and Newest Endeavors
Before they started working on their debut studio album, the five went on a tour in support of the EP “Invitation”, and they also collaborated with YouTube sensation, Logan Paul.
Logan helped the band film several music videos, including for the song which they did as a collaboration -“Help Me Help You”. Their debut album “8 Letters” was released on the 31st August 2018 to negative reviews, but it still reached No. 8 on the US Billboard 200 chart, while in Australia it climbed to No. 10. The titular song achieved gold status in the US and Canada, and the album spawned hits such as “Trust Fund Baby”, “Hooked”, and “Talk”. Since then, they’ve also released their sixth EP – “Spotify Singles” – and are working on another album which will be released late in 2020.
Meantime, Why Don’t We have continued to release a song each month, and for now there are 10, including “Mad at You”, “What Am I”, “Chills”, “I Don’t Belong in This Club”, and “Big Plans”.
Awards and Honors
The band has been nominated for numerous awards, and they took some awards with them. Back in 2018, they won the International New Artist award given by BreakTudo Awards, while in 2019 they were the winners of the Teen Choice Award in the category for Choice Music Group. Also, they have a few MTV Music Award nominations, such as the Best Group for 2019, among other recognitions.
Jonah Marais Net Worth, Height, Weight, and Appearance
Jonah is the oldest member of the group, and his part-time solo career has also benefited his wealth. According to authoritative sources, Marais’ net worth is as high as $4 million, as of early 2020.
Jonah stands at 6ft 1in (1.86m) tall, while he weighs approximately 154lbs ~ 70kgs, and his vital statistics are 40-31-13. He has blue eyes and dark brown hair, and is known for his palm tree tattoo on his arm.
Jonah Marais Personal Life, Dating, Girlfriend, Is He Single
Jonah is noted for several high profile relationships since entering the entertainment industry. His first girlfriend was the singer Dani Cimorelli – the two dated from August to October of 2014, and according to some reports, the song “Before October’s Gone” was inspired by their romance. His next lover was Alyssa Shouse, a singer and songwriter and their relationship lasted from 2014 until late 2015. In 2018 he started a romance with model Tatum Dahl, and they are still together.