Folk, rock, blues, southern rock, and R and B styles

Jesse's wide range of musical influences has created a well rounded sound, for his solo act, with a large and diverse repertoire. Jesse caters to almost any audience, adapting the material and ambience to suit the mood and occasion - this is a well presented solo act that really knows how to entertain, relating to the audience with humorous good taste banter and active involvement.

Jesse Wilde has played an impressive list of Auckland, out of town and overseas venues plus a wide range of festivals and private functions.

Jesse Wilde is keen to play for you.

Ideal for: background with a bit of dancing for wedding reception, private party, corporate function, club or restaurant

Jesse’s background

Jesse Wilde, singer / songwriter, was born 37 years ago in Auckland, New Zealand.
He was raised on the music of the Stones, the Beatles, Paul Simon, Bob Seger, and Fleetwood Mac – to name the more prominent artists in his parent’s record collection.
From a young age Jesse was in the process of creating a "sound"; blending these international influences with his own unique Alternative Country Rock flavour.

Jesse went on to develop his own musical interests including the sounds of popular Rock and Southern Rock artists such as Springsteen, Mellencamp, and Dylan and the vibrant up tempo alternative country rock beat of Steve Earle & the Dukes. By the age of fourteen Jessie had been playing guitar for two years and was in his first garage band. Three years later he had been performing regularly with a number of bands as a singer / guitarist, and at the same time completing studies in Architectural Quantity Surveying, Construction Project Management / Cost Engineering.

Jesse's first major band was the well known Auckland 'Folk, Rock & Blues' combo, Acoustic Attitude. Acoustic Attitude played a very successful mix of popular covers and original songs, many written by him. Before calling it quits in 1994, Acoustic Attitude had played many residencies around the Auckland area, attracting a very large and loyal following.
The secret of the Attitude's success was the accessible repertoire: a mix of folk, rock, blues, southern rock, and R & B which appealed to a wide selection of audiences at many popular venues including The Nag's Head, Water Jump, The Horse & Trap, Java Jive, The Gluepot, Pier 21 and at many private parties. They were in demand, fully professional and fully booked every week.

It is the vitality and energy behind this success that Jesse Wilde has brought into his solo career.
After Acoustic Attitude, Jessie went solo and has recorded various singles his first solo album titled, "Aron Wild – I’m Still Looking" which includes ten of his own original compositions. This was his third recording project since Acoustic Attitudes "Live Attitude" at Auckland's infamous venue The Gluepot, during a packed concert in 1993.

Jesse has also toured extensively overseas where he visited the UK, Europe and North America on a "Rock Pilgrimage" of his musical influences. Along the way he met and played with John "Cougar" Mellencamp, Bob Seger and Steve Earle. One of his songs was also selected by the Don Williams Music Publishing Group at the Los Angeles Songwriters Showcase.

During this first US trip, Jesse ‘sounded out’ record labels, visited Mellencamp's recording studio a number of times, and met both John Mellencamp’s and Steve Earle’s bands.

Upon returning from his first US trip, Jesse Wilde based himself back in Auckland and formed a new band ‘Fiesta Drive’ which has been enjoying much success in New Zealand, playing a large number of successful gigs all over the country.

Off stage, Jesse has built his own professional ‘state of the art’ recording studio. It was in this studio that Jesse mixed the audio for Fiesta Drive’s first DVD, filmed live at the ‘Kings Arms’ on the 7th of April 2004. This is also where he recorded and produced the self titled ‘Aron Wild’ album, his second solo studio album, as well as various projects for other popular New Zealand artists.

Jesse Wilde spent six months in the USA in 2005 writing and performing in LA, Texas, New York, Chicago and Nashville. He also co-wrote the song ‘Ghost Town Road’ with Rick Beresford who has a gold record for a song he wrote for George Jones titled ‘If Drinking Doesn’t Kill Me her Memory will.

You'll Accompany Me - Bob Seger
Cherry Bomb - John Mellencamp
The Weight - The Band
Against The Wind - Bob Seger
Jack and Diane - John Mellencamp
Knocking' On Heavens Door - Bob Dylan
Cool Change - Little River Band
Ooh La La - The Faces
Small Town - John Mellencamp
What I Got - Sublime
Call Me Al - Paul Simon
Sweet Home Alabama - Lynard Skynard
Hey Soul Sister - Train
Copperhead Road - Steve Earle
Take It Easy - The Eagles
Pink Houses - John Mellencamp
The Joker - Steve Miller
Rock This Town - The Stray Cats
Whaling - Dave Dobbyn
Night Moves - Bob Seger
That's Alright Mama - Elvis Presley
Khe Sahn - Cold Chisel
Already Gone - The Eagles
Gloria - Ian Morrison
Rock In The USA - John Mellencamp
You Can't Always Get - The Rolling Stones
New York New York - Ryan Adams
Tangled Up In Blue - Bob Dylan
Rain On The Scarecrow - John Mellencamp
Who'll Stop The Rain - Credence Clearwater Revival
Second Hand News - Fleetwood Mac
Running Down A Dream - Tom Petty
Turn The Page - Bob Seger
The First Cut is the deepest - Cat Stevens
Queen Of Hearts - Juice Newton
I Won't Back Down - Tom Petty
Loyal - Dave Dobbyn
Midnight Special - Credence Clearwater Revival
Who Do You Love - Bo Didley / George Thorogood
Not Fade Away - Buddy Holly / The Rolling Stones
3AM - Matchbox 20
Whole Lotta Shakin' - Jerry Lee Lewis
It's All Over Now - Rolling Stones
Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
Late In the Evening - Paul Simon
Peaceful Easy Feeling - The Eagles
Like a Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan
Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash
Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes - Paul Simon
Through Your Hands - John Hiatt
Big Legged Woman - Jerry Lee Lewis
Romeo & Juliet - Dire Straights
The Gambler - Kenny Rodgers
1952 Vincent Black Lightning - Richard Thompson
Harlem River Blues - Justin Towns Earle
Meet Virginia - Train
Dancing in the Dark - Bruce Springsteen
I’m Yours - Jason Mraz
Route 66 - The Rolling Stones
Stuck In The Middle With You - Steelers Wheel
Down On The Corner - Credence Clearwater Revival

Hi Robyn,
Jesse was great and really laid back, accommodating and a pleasure to have around
Thanks for the followup.
Kind Regards,
Private Party

Hi Robyn
The were absolutely fantastic- made the party!
Thanks so much for your help.
50th Birthday

Hi Robyn,
Jessie was punctual and professional at every level. Very pleasant to communicate with and delivered to expectation. 
I have no hesitation in recommending Jessie for private or public functions.
Regards Steven 

Hello Robyn
The feedback from the clients was that he was great.
He did get a bit stuck getting into the property as the staff entrance was locked, he had the contact numbers but phone signal is not great out that way. I believe they located him in the end.
Many thanks
Meilan Kaiser

Thanks Robyn. Jesse provided the perfect mix if background and ambience for the dinner, so thanks!
Wilna van Essyen

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