Mack Wilds, singer formerly known as actor Tristan Wilds, rocks first ever Live Performance

mack-wilds-wale-jemblog-dot-comIt’s official: the artist formerly known as actor Tristan Wilds can sing.
Now known by his stage name, Mack Wilds, the 24-year-old fledgling R&B crooner owned the crowd in his first ever performance Monday night.
Wilds, an established actor from the Stapleton Houses in Staten Island, was among performers at a concert to kick off the 10th anniversary of Advertising Week.
And he thinks he did pretty well considering it was his first ever showcase since hitting the pause button on his rising acting career.

“Backstage, I was a little nervous,” Wilds told the Daily News, noting that the New York crowds are known for being tough. “But once I got up there and we started rocking, I got really comfortable, especially when I saw the crowd rocking with me.”
Wilds, who starred in “Red Tails” and “The Secret Life of Bees,” admits the night was all a blur afterwards.
“It was pretty damn good. I surprised myself,” Wilds said, adding that he rehearsed nonstop for his debut. “The crowd rocked with it, that was the craziest part. This was my first show, period.”
Wilds, who is best known for his roles on “The Wire” and “90210,” turned up the crowd at the Best Buy Theater by giving them a taste of many new songs from his upcoming album, “New York: A Love Story.” His debut album, produced by Salaam Remi, is set to drop on Sept. 30.

Wilds performed album tracks including “Henny,” “Wild Things,” “My Crib” and a cover of Michael Jackson’s hit “Remember the Time.”
The cover of the King of Pop’s classic was the highlight for his father, who was watching from the crowd, along with Wilds’ brother and sister.
“It was fantastic,” the elder Wilds said. “He’s just accomplishing all of his goals.
“He really took control of the audience,” the proud father added. “I’m really proud of him.”

But it was Wilds’ performance of his hit single, “Own It,” that sent the crowd into full party mode. The song has gotten heavy radio play in New York City, especially on Hot 97.
DJ Funkmaster Flex, who was the first to play the record on Hot 97, said he enjoyed the performance, and predicted a bright future for the rising music sensation.
“His crowd control is good,” Flex said. “He was very comfortable and confident for someone who is new. I think he has what it takes to sell albums and be a star.”
The most important critics were also impressed.
“I thought his performance was good,” said concert-goer Angela Mayfield, 26, of midtown. “I know him from his TV shows, and it was great to see him perform.”

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