Nick Jonas reflects on his Golden Globe nomination and songwriting journey: 'I wrote my first song when I was 8'

Nick Jonas has been dreaming of this moment for almost his entire life.

The 25-year-old performer received his first-ever Golden Globe nomination earlier this week for "Home," which he co-wrote with Justin Tranter and Nick Monson for "Ferdinand," and he told AOL Entertainment that he's "still riding the high" of the achievement days after it was announced.

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"I have these moments where I’m sitting there and staring off into space thinking to myself, ‘Is this real? This doesn't feel real!’" he said. "I’d be lying if I said that I hadn’t thought about this moment and being recognized in this way for as long as I’ve been writing music. It’s a really special thing and I’m trying to savor it all."

Jonas, who told us that he feels "honored" to be nominated alongside "icons" Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey and Raphael Saadiq, has been known for his songwriting since his early days as a member of the Jonas Brothers. The youngest of the three-person group, Nick was largely considered to be the most involved in the band's songwriting, like when he penned "A Little Bit Longer" in 2008 about having type 1 diabetes. 

He looks back on his years-long songwriting journey with both pride and disbelief that he's reached this milestone.

"I don’t know if I can fully express in words what [the nomination] means, because it’s so incredibly special," Jonas reflected. "I wrote my first song when I was eight years old coming back from doing a Broadway show in New York City my dad, and it became a part of why our chemistry as a father and son was so strong, and eventually what made my brothers and I become so close. And I’ve made some of the greatest friendships of my life through the experience of being able to walk in a room, take a life experience or idea and turn it into a song."

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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 31: Nick Jonas attends 'The Minefield Girl' Audio Visual Book Launch at Lightbox on January 31, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 08: Nick Jonas shows off his Ultimate Tour Bus featured on the Booking.com 'Book the U.S.' List on March 8, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Booking.com)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 31: Nick Jonas seen walking in the Flatiron District on January 31, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Recording artist Nick Jonas attends the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Recording artists Nick Jonas (L) and Alessia Cara attend the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARAS)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 27: Nick Jonas attends John Varvatos SS18 ad campaign launch party at The Angel Orensanz Foundation on January 27, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jimi Celeste/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 27: Singer Nick Jonas attends the 2018 Roc Nation Pre-Grammy Brunch at One World Trade Center on January 27, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ferdman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 27: Singer Nick Jonas seen at Roc Nation Brunch on January 27, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 11: Nick Jonas attends the 23rd Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 11, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
HONOLULU, HI - JANUARY 10: Singer Nick Jonas looks on during the pro-am tournament prior to the Sony Open In Hawaii at Waialae Country Club on January 10, 2018 in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26: Kevin Jonas, Joe Jonas and Nick Jonas and Thomas Rhett attend the John Varvatos Fall/Winter 2018 Show - Front Row at The Angel Orensanz Foundation on January 26, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Bruinooge/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 07: Nick Jonas attends The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 07: Singer Nick Jonas celebrates The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards with Moet & Chandon at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Moet & Chandon)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 06: Nick Jonas attends The BAFTA Los Angeles Tea Party at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on January 6, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)
DICK CLARKS NEW YEARS ROCKIN EVE WITH RYAN SEACREST 2018 Live performances from Times Square in the heart of New York City, are featured on Americas biggest celebration of the year, DICK CLARKS NEW YEARS ROCKIN EVE WITH RYAN SEACREST 2018, airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Heidi Gutman/ABC via Getty Images) NICK JONAS
SUNRISE, FL - DECEMBER 17: Nick Jonas arrives at the IHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2017 at BB&T Center on December 17, 2017 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Jason Koerner/WireImage)
TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 16: Nick Jonas performs onstage during 93.3 FLZ's Jingle Ball 2017 at Amalie Arena on December 16, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for iHeartMedia )

Nick Jonas surprised shoppers at Chase Pay Village in the Oculus in NYC with a pop-up concert of holiday classics and original songs, including his Golden Globe-nominated hit "Home."

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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 14: Nick Jonas attends the Build Series at Build Studio on December 14, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 13: Nick Jonas arrives for 'The Late Show With Stephen Colbert' at Ed Sullivan Theater on December 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Karl Moor/GC Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 11: Nick Jonas and brother Joe Jonas attend the Los Angeles Premiere 'Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle' at the TCL Chinese Theatre on December 11, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 10: Actor / Singer Nick Jonas attends the screening of 'Ferdinand' at The Zanuck Theater at 20th Century Fox Lot on December 10, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - DECEMBER 09: Nick Jonas attends CCPX 2017 SP Expo Imigrantes/SP Brazil on December 9, 2017 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Francisco Cepeda/Getty Images for Sony Pictures)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 07: Nick Jonas attends the 'Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle UK premiere held at Vue West End on December 7, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
BERLIN, GERMANY - DECEMBER 06: Nick Jonas arrives at the German premiere of 'Jumanji: Willkommen im Dschungel' at Sony Centre on December 6, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Brian Dowling/WireImage)
PARIS, FRANCE - DECEMBER 05: Actor Nick Jonas attends the 'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle' Premiere at Le Grand Rex on December 5, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/GC Images)
CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA - NOVEMBER 16: Nick Jonas performs in concert aboard the cruise ship Carnival Liberty on November 16, 2017 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. (Photo by Gary Miller/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Nick Jonas (C) performs onstage during the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/AMA2017/FilmMagic for dcp)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Nick Jonas arrives at the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 20: Nick Jonas is seen at LAX on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Niceguy/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 05: Beyond Type 1 Co-Founder Nick Jonas attends the Beyond LA Cocktail Party Benefiting Beyond Type 1 at Avenue LA on May 5, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Beyond Type 1)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas attend the 'Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between' Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: Nick Jonas attends the 'Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between' Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images For Entertainment Weekly)
DISNEY CHANNEL PRESENTS THE 2017 RADIO DISNEY MUSIC AWARDS - Multiplatinum recording artist, songwriter, actor and philanthropist Nick Jonas was honored with the 2017 RDMA 'Hero' Award. Jonas is being recognized for his philanthropic work with Beyond Type 1, a non-profit organization he founded which leverages the power of social media and technology to provide resources for those living with Type 1 diabetes, and provides funding for research, education, advocacy and programs to improve the lives of those living with Type 1 diabetes. 'Disney Channel Presents the 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards' airs Sunday, April 30 (7:00 p.m. EDT). (Image Group LA/Disney Channel via Getty Images) NICK JONAS
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 29: Nick Jonas attends the 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on April 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 05: Singer/songwriter Nick Jonas attends 'Los Angeles Confidential celebrates cover star Nick Jonas' at Catch LA on April 5, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Los Angeles Confidential)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 02: Nick Jonas arrives at the Daily Front Row's 3rd Annual Fashion Los Angeles Awards at the Sunset Tower Hotel on April 2, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 02: (L-R) Host Nick Jonas, Kim Kardashian West, Mert Alas, with his award for Creative of the Year, Nicki Minaj, with her award for Fashion Rebel and Fergie attend the Daily Front Row's 3rd Annual Fashion Los Angeles Awards at Sunset Tower Hotel on April 2, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 27: Actor/singer Nick Jonas attends a photo call for Columbia Pictures' 'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle' during CinemaCon at Caesars Palace on March 27, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/WireImage)
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 06: Nick Jonas attends FENTY PUMA by Rihanna Fall / Winter 2017 Collection at Bibliotheque Nationale de France on March 6, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Victor Boyko/Getty Images for Fenty Puma)
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 02: Nick Jonas attends the Balmain show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2017/2018 on March 2, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Nick Jonas is seen at LAX on February 28, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by starzfly/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Nick Jonas attends the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 26, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 14: Nick Jonas performs onstage during the Stayin' Alive: A GRAMMY Salute To The Music Of The Bee Gees held at Microsoft Theater on February 14, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 26: (EXCLUSIVE ACCESS, SPECIAL RATES APPLY) (From 2nd L) Joe Jonas, Demi Lovato, and Nick Jonas attend the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 26, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/VF17/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 14: Singer Nick Jonas performs onstage during 'Stayin' Alive: A GRAMMY Salute To The Music Of The Bee Gees' on February 14, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Singer-songriter Nick Jonas (L) and Margaret Corden pose during The 59th GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on February 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for NARAS)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Singer Nick Jonas arrives at the 59th GRAMMY Awards at the Staples Center on February 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 11: Nick Jonas attends Roc Nation's Pre-GRAMMY Brunch on February 11, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 11: Artists Mike Posner (L) and Nick Jonas attend Island Records Pre-Grammy Party presented by Foursquare, with additional partners Young Living, Ultimate Ears, and Equinox at STK on February 11, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Island Records)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 11: Singer Nick Jonas attends Nick Jonas and Creative Recreation's 1410 Collection launch at Nordstrom at the Grove on February 11, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vincent Sandoval/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 30: Nick Jonas is seen on January 30, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by wowcelebritytv/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 29: Entertainer Nick Jonas singing before the 2017 NHL All-Star Championship Game played on January 29, 2017 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by John Cordes/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 14: Nick Jonas, Richard Madden and Edward Holcroft attend the Emporio Armani show during Milan Men's Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2017/18 on January 14, 2017 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Jacopo Raule/Getty Images)
HONOLULU, HI - JANUARY 11: Singer-songwriter Nick Jonas reacts to his putt on the first hole during the Pro-Am round for the Sony Open in Honolulu, Hawaii at Waialae Country Club on January 11, 2017 in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Photo by Stan Badz/PGA TOUR)
Nick Jonas from DirecTV's 'Kingdom' poses in the Getty Images Portrait Studio at the 2017 Winter Television Critics Association press tour at the Langham Hotel on January 5, 2016 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Maarten de Boer/Contour by Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 05: Actors Nick Jonas (L) and Jonathan Tucker of AT&T's Original Series 'Kingdom' speaks onstage during AT&T AUDIENCE Network Presents at 2017 Winter TCA at Langham Hotel on January 5, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for DIRECTV)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 07: Recording artist/Beyond Type 1 co-founder Nick Jonas (L) and Beyond Type 1 co-founder Sarah Lucas attend the 6th Annual Sean Penn & Friends HAITI RISING Gala Benefiting J/P Haitian Relief Organizationat Montage Hotel on January 7, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for J/P Haitian Relief Organization )
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 09: Nick Jonas attends Billboard Women In Music 2016 on December 9, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/WireImage)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 05: Actor Nick Jonas of AT&T's Original Series 'Kingdom' attends AT&T AUDIENCE 2017 Winter TCA Presentation at Langham Hotel on January 5, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for DIRECTV)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 09: Shania Twain and Nick Jonas attend the Billboard Women in Music 2016 event on December 9, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Billboard Magazine)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 08: Singer Nick Jonas attends the GQ Men of the Year party at Chateau Marmont on December 8, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
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And as the world continues to rehash and remake old ideas through film, song and television, the "Jealous" hitmaker considers songwriting to be one of the last remaining opportunities to truly create something new. 

"I love this idea that there are so few things left in the world that you can still make and leave that day with something," he explained. "I get to do that, and it’s really special. I’ve written probably three or four thousand songs that have gone unnoticed, so to have just one that does [get noticed] in this way and to be a part of a film as incredible as ‘Ferdinard’ makes me feel really grateful." 

When tasked with writing a song for the animated film, Jonas said he was given guidelines on what the song should be about, which put a totally new spin on his process of crafting a song.

"12 or 13 years into my songwriting career, I’m having a first experience," Jonas explained. "It’s about staying as fresh as possible and pushing yourself to have these new opportunities and knowing that something good can come of stepping outside of your comfort zone."

Another new experience that the "Jumanji" actor had this week was a surprise performance at Chase Pay Village in the Oculus in New York City, where he shocked fans and passersby with a set of holiday tunes and original songs.

"I get to combine two of my favorite things," Jonas told AOL Entertainment ahead of the performance. "Music and shopping! We're creating a really great holiday experience for my fans, and it's really unique. The Chase Pay Village is a great shopping experience. This time of year is stressful for people, so having the convenience of the mobile wallet and Chase Pay as a tool will be very helpful."

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