Malik left the singing group in March a year ago leaving behind Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson.
One Direction has managed to hold onto its fan base since his departure. Now Zayne is trying to match their success on his own.
In an interesting twist, host Jimmy Fallon introduced the singer simply as Zayne, suggesting that Malik is going to go the single name route like Madonna, Adele Cher and other singers.
The performance also marked the debut of “It’s You.”
Malik said he left One Direction and its upbeat pop tunes, because he wanted a mature, intellectual sound. In that sense “It’s You” might be a better indicator of the direction (no pun intended, well maybe) he’s taking with his debut solo album Mind of Mine.
The soulful ballad is also a marked contrast to his first solo release “Pillow Talk.” That song debuted at No. 1 on both UK an US singles charts.
Check out his Tonight Show debut below plus his music video for “Pillow Talk. “Let us know your thoughts and be sure to follow IM on Twitter for the latest music news.