MACK WILDS RELEASES DEBUT ALBUM
NEW YORK: A LOVE STORY
PRODUCED BY GRAMMY-NOMINATED PRODUCER
SALAAM REMI AND RELEASED ON RE MI FA/LOUDER THAN LIFE
VIA SONY MUSIC
NATIONAL TELEVISION PERFORMANCES ON
THE WENDY WILLIAMS SHOW AND BET'S 106 & PARK
EMBARKS ON MULTI-CITY PROMOTIONAL TOUR
Mack Wilds, formerly known as actor Tristan Wilds (The Wire, 90210, Secret Lives of Bees, Red Tails), is taking the music industry by storm with his debut album, New York: A Love Story, released today, September 30, 2013.
Making the transition from acting to his first love — music, Mack Wilds was signed as the first artist to Grammy-nominated producer SalaAM ReMi’s (Amy Winehouse, Nas, The Fugees, Usher and Miguel) newly launched imprint group, Re Mi Fa/Louder Than Life, through Sony Music. The Staten Island native credits his musical influences to Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Lauryn Hill, Jay-Z and Nas, among many others.
Described as a hip-hop-centered, R&B-laced tale of love and loss, production efforts on Mack’s New York: A Love Story debut album include celebrated New York City beat architects DJ Premier, Pete Rock and Havoc, as well asSalaAM ReMiand guest vocals from Method Man, Raekwon and Doug E Fresh. The lead single, “Own It,” was co-written by Mack Wilds and R&B superstar Ne-Yo and has generated significant radio airplay and buzz, while the corresponding video has garnered impressive views on VEVO and YouTube. Follow-up singles include the recently released “Henny” and "Wild Things" featuring Method Man.
Music industry insiders and critics are already buzzing with positive reactions of Mack’s artistry. New York Daily News reporter Michael Feeney states, “The emerging R&B singer and rapper is alive and ready for his big music breakthrough.” In that same article, NYC’s Hot 97 FM radio personality Angie Martinez says, “This kid (Mack) has what it takes to be a big music superstar.” Music critic Hardeep Phull of the New York Post says, “the concept album lyrically charts a relationship through it’s first blossoming to its traumatic end” and “the tracks find Wilds switching between rapping and singing with ease.” He adds, “Wilds’ album has an unabashedly old-school kick.”
In anticipation of the album release, promotional partnerships included a 13-day countdown (for the 13 tracks on the album) with Vibe/Vibe Vixen exclusively releasing each song on the album every day as well as short videos vignettes discussing the inspirations behind the songs. On September 30, Mack will take over the Instagram and Twitter pages for F.Y.E., a leading music and entertainment retailer – where he will share his favorite photos and answer fans’ questions.
Mack will perform his signature-hit song, “Own It” on BET'S 106 & Park, airing on October 1, 2013 and The Wendy Williams Show; live on October 2, 2013. He will embark on a promotional tour in support of his debut album to major cities including Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Washington, DC.
For more information about Mack Wilds and his debut album, New York: A Love Story, please visit:www.MackWilds.com
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“Own It” music video: