jesse wilde & the drive
Jesse Wilde was born in Auckland, New Zealand and raised on the music of the Stones, the Beatles, Paul Simon, Bob Seger, and Fleetwood Mac – to name a few in his parents’ record collection.
From a young age Jesse honed his skills, creating his unique sound – a blend of his international influences merged with his own alternative country rock flavour.
Jesse's first major band was the Auckland folk, rock & blues combo, Acoustic Attitude who played a successful mix of popular covers and original songs and gained a healthy following.
After Acoustic Attitude, Jesse went solo and recorded various singles plus his first solo album entitled, Jesse Wilde – I'm Still Looking.
Jesse has toured extensively overseas including UK, Europe and North America on a "Rock Pilgrimage" of his musical influences. Along the way he met John "Cougar" Mellencamp, Bob Seger and Steve Earle. One of Jesse's songs was also selected by the Don Williams Music Publishing Group at the Los Angeles Songwriters Showcase.
Upon returning from the US, Jesse based himself in Auckland and formed his new band Fiesta Drive (now known as The Drive). Together they have recorded two live DVDs, two live CDs and a studio album and have played a large number of gigs around the country.
Jesse spent another six months in the USA in 2005 writing and performing in LA, Texas, New York, Chicago and Nashville.
Whilst there he 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.’
Jesse Wilde and The Drive are set to release their new E.P. Ghost Town Road on April 29th 2016.