Donnie Wahlberg is Urging Brother and ‘Wahlburgers’ Star Paul to Start Music Career

by Josh Lanier

Paul Wahlberg said he’s always been different from his famous younger brothers, Mark and Donnie Wahlberg. As teens, they were music superstars, but Paul preferred to work in the kitchen with their late mom, Alma. As they moved into acting, he bounced around restaurant kitchens in Boston. They joined his world later in life when they launched the chain restaurant Wahlburgers. But Paul said his brothers want him to cross over and start a music career of his own.

Donnie Wahlberg was the first brother to make it big. He was a teen heartthrob in New Kids on the Block. Mark Wahlberg had his Funky Bunch. Mark eventually pulled up his pants and became a serious actor, and Donnie followed soon after. Though he loved watching his brothers’ careers take off, Paul preferred the simpler life.

But he became a late-in-life celebrity with the reality show Wahlburgers, named after the restaurant. Now that he’s got a taste of fame, his brothers think he should capitalize on it.

“Everybody has their talents, and I’m still looking for mine,” he told “But (Donnie and Mark) they’re trying to egg me along a little bit and maybe get me into a band so I can do some moves. But to watch them do what they do it’s amazing.”

Don’t expect to see a Paul Wahlberg album anytime soon. But if he did, it wouldn’t be the pop music Donnie Wahlberg is famous for. Paul prefers the classics. He said he got his taste in music from their mom.

“And so you know, it’s a lot of that (music from the) ‘50s and ‘60s, and then you would get a lot of that “easy listening” in the ‘70s,” he said of his musical tastes. “That stuff that my mom liked.”

Donnie Wahlberg, NKOTB Hit the Road In New Tour

While Paul is staying far away from the stage, Donnie Wahlberg can’t wait to get back to it. The New Kids on the Block are gearing up for a new major tour after COVID-19 sidelined them for the past 18 months. And the beloved pop group will bring some famous faces along with them.

Donnie Wahlberg announced on Instagram recently that NKOTB would launch the Mixtape Tour 2022 next summer. Rick Astley, Salt-N-Pepa, and En Vogue will join them on the road.

“So ready to see you all again — to dance, sing, selfie, hug, and celebrate!” Wahlberg wrote. “Not to mention, create the most epic show ever with our friends (and many surprise guests)!,” the NKOTB star adds in the Monday morning post.

Wahlberg said the tour got its name because the group wants to recreate the feel of a mixtape.

“Just like a mixtape,” he said, “these shows are going to take audiences through all the emotions.”