Welcome to MarkusFeehily.Net. Markus Feehily, one of the lead singers in pop band Westlife, is a talented singer and songwriter from Ireland, known for co-writing songs like “I Will Reach You” and “Beautiful World” while in the band. Now flying solo, he has co-written all the tracks on his debut solo album. This site is a tribute to him and his creative soul for being an inspiration for many. We invite you to open your mind and let Markus' vibe and magic inspire your all. In 2015 Markus launched his solo career kicking it off with debut single "Love Is a Drug", followed by "Butterfly" and his album "Fire".
Markus was a guest on RTÉ 2FM’s Nicky Byrne Show earlier today, hosted by his former Westlife band mate Nicky Byrne and Jenny Greene. They did a fab interview, a Westlife quiz, as well as played Mark’s fantastic version of ‘River‘, which features on his new album ‘Christmas‘ – out on December 1st! 😊🎄✨🎵🙌🙌
You can watch it all back on Facebook, as a video of it was broadcast live:
An audio of the podcast is also available to download on the show’s page:
AHHH, guys… 🙀 FANTASTIC news from Markus today, as he will be doing some very special unplugged shows to celebrate the release of his new album ‘Christmas‘! He will be performing live in Manchester, Glasgow, London, Belfast and Dublin. 😃🎵✨🎄🎤 We are SO HAPPY he will be singing live for his fans, spreading his magic and the Christmas spirit… he’s immensely talented and we are so glad he decided to celebrate the release of ‘Christmas’ in such a brilliant way; tickets on sale THIS FRIDAY!! 😁💚🙌🙌
Markus Feehily: Excited to announce I’m going to be doing some very special unplugged shows in December to celebrate the release of my ‘Christmas’ album. Tickets and VIP packages go on sale Friday, 24th November at 9am on ticketmaster.co.uk and myticket.co.uk
Can’t wait to see you all #markfeehilychristmaslive
Tue, 12th – Manchester, Ruby Lounge
Wed, 13th – Glasgow, St Lukes Church
Sun, 17th – London, Under The Bridge
Mon, 18th – Belfast, Empite Music Hall
Tue, 19th – Dublin, The Sugar Club
Marky also shared a lovely video of himself announcing the brilliant news on his Facebook page! 😊❤️
Waaaaah!!! So excited everybody! “Very big announcements happening tomorrow stay tuned” in the words of our artist Mark Feehily! 😄😄 Aaaaaah! We can´t wait ♥️ In the meantime, remember that his new album “CHRISTMAS” will be out on the 1st of December and is now available to pre-order worldwide here!
WHOOP! 😁 Guys, make sure you will tune in to The Nicky Byrne Show tomorrow on RTÉ 2fm, as Mark’s former Westlife band mate Nicky and Jenny Greene will have our one and only Markus as a guest in the studio, to chat about his new album ‘Christmas‘. 🙂🎄❤️
Markus wrote on Twitter: “I’m live on air tomorrow (Wednesday) with @NickyByrne and @djjennygreene chatting about my new album “Christmas” make sure to tune into 2FM! 🎄Looking forward to a good old catch up! 🎅🏻”, while Nicky quoted his tweet saying: “We’ll have the mince pies ready and some eggnog on arrival. Stuffing? @MarkusFeehily @djjennygreene 🎤🎧🎧🎄 @RTE2fm“
WESTLIFE’S Mark Feehily is downplaying Mariah Carey’s reputation as the ultimate diva — after confirming she does indeed do stairs.
In her high heels, no less, with not a hunk-hoisted chaise longue in sight.
Mark is supporting Mimi’s Christmas gigs in the UK, 18 years after she and Westlife covered Phil Collins’s Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now).
And, in an exclusive chat with Guilty Pleasures, he cast doubt over claims that Mariah’s rider requests include a refusal to walk down steps.
‘She flew us to Capri to record our vocals,’ he said. ‘We walked down about 10,000 steps to a little village, she was really into the stairs, she said they are good exercise. It was so funny and f***ing fabulous. She knows how to work it. She was pirouetting down in f***ing six-inch heels like she was in slippers.’
Mark insists Mariah’s image is far from, er, flighty. ‘She was relieved to be talking to real people,’ the 37-year-old told us ahead of his performance at last night’s European Diversity Awards in London’s Natural History Museum.
Meanwhile, it’s a case of All I Want For Christmas is flu after Mariah, 47, tweeted she was canning a string of her festive shows on doctor’s orders due to a ‘respiratory infection after last week’s flu’. She is expected to recover in time for her London concerts on December 10 and 11.
The multi-Brit Award-winning star, who notched up 14 number one hit records as Westlife’s lead vocalist, provides the soundtrack to Christmas with the release of his festive new album!
Mark, who performed at the European Diversity Awards in London last night, returns to the music spotlight after a two-year absence.
The album, a collection of classic Christmas favourites, will remind fans of the Flying Without Wings singer’s vocal brilliance and delight new audiences with his unique takes on timeless songs.
Tracks on the album include a moving cover of Joni Mitchell’s River and an uplifting version of Otis Redding’s Merry Christmas Baby as well as Mark’s own versions of Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas and Mariah Carey’s Miss You Most (at Christmas Time).
Mark’s music comeback is long overdue. He was widely regarded as “the voice” in Westlife, and his stunning and soulful performance on new album Christmas will only help to confirm that while boybands fade, talent lives on.
Mark says of the album:
“Christmas has always been my favourite time of the year so naturally it’s been a dream of mine to make this album.
“It’s been fantastic being back in the studio to cover wonderful songs and make them my own. I’ve had incredible feedback, particularly about River and Merry Christmas Baby.
“I’m looking forward to giving something back to fans. This is what the album is all about. It is a bit of my own Christmas gift to them!”
CHRISTMAS will be released on the 1st December 2017 it is available for preorder now
We all know that this lad has a heart as big as his voice and last night he melted ours once again when he thanked all the fans for the amazing feedback about the ‘Christmas’ album. 😊🎵✨ He wrote: “Thank you every for all your amazing feedback about the ‘Christmas’ album. If you want to order either the Limited Edition CD or a digital copy here’s a link: smarturl.it/MarkFeehilyChristmas“. ❤️ Ahhh, Thank YOU for making this album Marky! 🤗❤️🌟🎄
Lovely video interview of Markus on the red carpet of last Sunday’s MTV EMAs in London. 😎💚
‘She’s really nice’ Westlife’s Mark Feehily says he can’t wait to go on tour with Mariah Carey
He’s hitting the road with Mariah to support her ‘All I Want For Christmas’ show:
We also made a transcript of the interview. 😃
“I’m going on tour with Mariah Carey in December, a good friend of MTV, which is very exciting for me and I’m also releasing a Christmas album called “Christmas” – see what I’ve done there – on the 1st of December so it’s one of the busiest times I’ve had in quite a while.”
And you’re gonna be on tour with the most kind of epic singer of our generation. Are you preparing? Are you like ready for diva demands?
“Ah no, I’m preparing as much as I can cause in between now and then I’m releasing an album and promoting it so I don’t have enough time to get stressed and worried about it cause I’m so busy, which is a good thing. Going on tour with Mariah Carey is one of the coolest things that’s happened to me in quite a while so I’m looking forward to it.”
And you’re a big fan of hers…
“One hundred percent. But we actually had a number one record with her back in early 00s, can’t remember exactly what year it was. So we’ve met her before and she was really nice and we really get on well so I’m just looking forward to seeing her again and seeing her Christmas show as well, which I’ve never seen.”
Mark Feehily’s life in travel – ‘Homophobia abroad? I was chased in London for holding hands with a guy’
The Westlife star on Mykonos’ gay scene and partying with Mariah in Capri
Tell us a little about the album…
I’ve wanted to do a Christmas album for quite some time. It’s a mini album, six songs – it’s small, but too big to call an EP for technical reasons. They’re not all obvious, cliche Christmas songs. There’s ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’, but also ‘River’ by Joni Mitchell, which is more obscure. I picked the ones I thought my voice would suit the most.
What about the show?
I’m going on tour with Mariah Carey, which is fantastic. Westlife worked with her years ago. We had a number one song with her, Against All Odds. That was 17 years ago which is scary! But I’m releasing a Christmas record, so to open for Mariah on her Christmas gigs – I can’t think of a more perfect way to promote my album! She’s the Queen of Christmas in the pop world!
What’s your favorite memory of working with her?
We actually spent quite a lot of time with her. We did a duet with Diana Ross and met her twice during the whole thing, and weren’t in the studio with her when we were recording the vocals. She was still lovely and everything, but Mariah flew us out to her house in Italy which has this crazy-sized recording studio on the edge of a cliff in Capri! It was the stuff dreams are made off…
We were there for three days, in the studio every morning until 5am recording the parts and filming a video. We went out for lunch and dinner with her and performed on TV shows with her, at the Top of the Pops Awards with her in Manchester…
She’s always quite adamant to speak about the fact that she’s a producer, a songwriter… she really is, if you take away all the stardom, she’s a studio person. She’s a real artist. Not only us but many people who’ve worked with her have been clear that she’s the real deal and does it all herself, there’s not a team of people who do it all for her and she turns up and gets the credit. She genuinely gets involved. It was really nice as a fan of hers to see that.
Did you confide in her about your sexuality at the time?
No. Absolutely not. When we worked with her I think I was 21. At the time I literally got into the closet, locked the door and swallowed the key! I confided in nobody, not even Mariah!
My 21st birthday, it was right about then, I thought ‘This isn’t going away, this feeling.’ You stupidly think it’ll come and go in a naive, adolescent way, which is understandable. I don’t feel ashamed to say that. It then took me a few years to feel ready to come out. I was quite late. When Westlife started I was like ‘I’m gonna fucking bury this so deep inside me…’ I was really scared because all this big stuff was happening with us.
Oh well, you’ll have to gay it up with her this time on tour!
She’s got many sides to her, but being a fabulous diva, the flamboyance and camp stuff is part of her. We partied together a few times both with and without the band and she’s good fun.
She’s a huge LGBTI ally as well, which is great!
She’s an intelligent person, she gets quietly involved in activism. Not a shouter as it were, but she has a huge influence on a lot of people, and has used the position for positive reasons.
How many countries have you been to?
I don’t know. There was a time in Westlife when we did four countries in one day. And it felt like it, believe me. We were being flown around in private planes. We had breakfast in Germany, lunch in London and dinner in Amsterdam. It was fun but it was also a bit of a mindfuck. I want one of those maps that’s like a big scratch card, and you scratch off where you’ve been! There wouldn’t be many places unscratched for me.
Where haven’t you been?
Russia. I’d love to go there. I haven’t spend much time in parts of South America. Certain parts of Eastern Europe.
Are you open to countries that are LGBTI-unfriendly?
I am, yeah. Sometimes I talk about going somewhere and people are like ‘Are you sure you want to go there?’ There are certainly places where it’s literally physically dangerous. But I have friends who live in a certain country that’s quite well known for being anti-gay, and they’re like ‘Are you kidding me?! Everyone’s at it!’ It’s all just a bit more discreet. I’d say where I’m talking about but I’m scared if I went there I’d be pulled up by customs and they’d show me this interview and be like ‘you’re not staying!’ But I do prefer to go to places where I’m not in danger at all. I don’t want to be worrying or thinking about that.
What’s your favorite destination you’ve been to?
I went through a big Mykonos phase. I’ve been four or five times. Some people like being recognised everywhere they go, but not me. I love going to the States, New York, LA, because Westlife weren’t successful in America. For me having been in that boyband mania situation for quite a long time, it was important to find places I could be myself and not have that.
I remember once I stopped at a service station, I can’t remember where, and thought ‘it looks safe to go in’. Then a school tour bus pulls up outside and 150 schoolgirls come into the restaurant, recognise me, and swarm. I was completely by myself. Since then I’ve literally got this slight anxiety about the thought of hundreds of people out of the blue that can make me feel on edge.
Did you explore the gay scene in Mykonos?
I went to the gay bars. It’s a small island, but it’s spread out. It’s not like you’ve got the big gay strip that’s different to all the rest. Also it’s low key. There’s no McDonald’s in Mykonos. Everything is understated, which I like. You can float from a gay bar to a non-gay bar, but gay people are in all the bars. It’s nice.
What’s been your biggest travel disaster?
I learned the hard way, on the way to Mykonos actually. I put my laptop in my checked in luggage. Some smart arse saw it on the X-ray. When I got the bag back, the laptop was gone!
What do you think is the world’s most romantic destination?
A lot of people think Amsterdam’s all about smoking weed and going crazy in the red light district. But I appreciated a whole other side of it the last few times I went. I went for New Year’s Eve last year. There was mist in the air, it was magical. You walk around and there are people cycling on their old-style bicycles in top hats and long jackets. I love aesthetics, visuals and photography; for me it’s like walking around slow motion in a movie.
Have you ever experienced homophobia abroad?
Hmm. There are countries you’ll walk down the street hand in hand and others where there’s a layer of my subconscious which tells me to be careful. There are certain postcodes in London where you wouldn’t do that. I’ve been ran after close to my house in London before and called names because I was holding hands.
Would you consider a destination wedding?
I’m quite big on that. Kian Egan from Westlife’s wedding to Jodi Albert was the coolest ever. It was at a mansion in Barbados that Simon Cowell and Mariah rent out. It felt like 250 people were on holiday together. There was something special about that, and memorable.
Where would you have yours?
I wouldn’t want my gay friends to be uncomfortable and I wouldn’t want it to be too difficult for my friends and family. Not Barbados, but somewhere as beautiful and tropical as that!
What is your top tip for making it through a long haul flight?
The socks they give you on airlines aren’t literally just socks. They’re to help you with your feet – don’t fucking know how, but they do! I once sat in a seat and was so tired I went to sleep and left my shoes on, and woke up with my feet bursting out of the shoes. I was like ‘Holy crap.’ That’s kind of dangerous. The first thing you do when you get on a plane, get those socks on!
Markus Feehily: "VERY excited to show you the artwork and also announce that on Friday 17th November you will be able to pre-order my new album “CHRISTMAS” !! As well as the digital album you will also be able to pre-order a VERY Limited Edition CD album which is not only presented in special packaging but also contains an EXCLUSIVE hand signed Christmas card. These limited edition albums will be sold on a first come first served basis so keep an eye out for more details on the morning of the 17th."
Album Title: Christmas Release Date: Friday, 1 December 2017 Pre-order Date: Friday, 17 November 2017
"Calling my album Fire is a two sided thing. Fire represents the dark times I went through while writing the album, but also my actual song Fire from the deluxe album is about finding new love and having the strength to pull through the tough times. So it has both positive and negative sides to it just like actual fire."
"After 3 years of darkness I am so excited to bring you 'Fire', my very first solo album! It will be released on 16th October 2015. To purchase exclusive signed copies and watch the full Behind The Scenes trailer, click here xMx"
"Sanctuary" (Music Video)
"Sanctuary" is Markus Feehily's third single included in his upcoming debut album "Fire". It's co-written by Markus Feehily, Steve Anderson and singer Daley, while it also includes a ‘Theme From Harry’s Game’ sample by Clannad.
Markus Feehily joins Russell Crowe and his band Indoor Garden Party's gig to perform 'Love Was My Alibi', a song written by Russell Crowe and Carl Falk.
When: Sunday, 1 October 2017 Where: Olympia Theatre, Dublin
The Ray D'Arcy Show
Markus Feehily joins Ray D'Arcy in studio to chat about the exciting news that he will support Mariah Carey during her 2017 Christmas tour later this year.
When: Saturday, 7 October 2017 Channel: RTÉ One
Backing Vocals On Nerina Pallot's Album
Markus Feehily joins Nerina Pallot on her new album, singing backing vocals on three of her songs.
Album Title: Stay Lucky Release Date: Friday, 13 October 2017 Tracks: ‘Bird’, ‘Man Didn’t Walk On The Moon’ and ‘Come Into My Room’
New Album: MARK FEEHILY - "CHRISTMAS"
Markus Feehily is planning to release a Christmas EP. He confirmed the news on The Ray D'Arcy Show, saying: "It’s gonna be kind of a bit of fun, a bit of festivity, definitely songs that everyone knows. There’s one or two that are slightly more obscure but I think everyone’s still gonna know them and I’m trying to pick songs as well that sort of suit my voice, sort that are more soulful so it’s really really exciting.".
Album Title: Christmas Release Date: Friday, 1 December 2017 Pre-order Date: Friday, 17 November 2017
Special Guest On Mariah Carey's 'All I Want For Christmas Is You' Tour
Markus Feehily joins Mariah Carey on the UK leg of her 'All I Want For Christmas Is You' tour.
Manchester: Sunday, 10 December 2017
London: Monday, 11 December 2017 Tickets:here
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