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".

Two Years Since Markus Feehily’s Album ‘Fire’

‪💿Can you believe that it’s been TWO YEARS since our favourite album, ‘Fire‘, was released? 😊❤️

We still get goosebumps listening to Markus’ incredible soulful voice and his full of emotion songs… 🎵👏👏🔥 We can’t wait for more of his creations, he’s so massively talented, we can’t even! 😁🎶🙌🙌‬

THANK YOU so much, Markus, for sharing your music with us all… we can’t put into words how proud we are of you and how you inspire us every day. ⭐️💚

x Nat & Villy x

Oct 16, 2017
Nat & Villy

Nerina Pallot’s Album ‘Stay Lucky’ Is Out Now

💿Guys, Nerina Pallot‘s beautiful album ‘Stay Lucky‘ is out now and we feel so emotional hearing Markus Feehily’s fantastic backing vocals on three of the songs… 🎵😁 Such a brilliant job there! 👏👏

✨The tracks that feature BVs by Markus are ‘Man Didn’t Walk On The Moon‬’, ‘Come Into My Room‬‘ and ‘Bird‬‘. 👌😊

Oct 13, 2017
Nat & Villy

Nerina Pallot opens up about her new album Stay Lucky…

by Tom

It’s now six albums and counting for singer-songwriter Nerina Pallot with her latest, Stay Lucky, arriving today. We sat down with her to find out all about how it came together…

How did you want Stay Lucky to move on from what you did on The Sound And The Fury?

“When I started writing the album, I thought it was going to be a more synth-based, electronic album, and a lot of the writing demos were programmed with no real instruments at all. But whenever I took the songs back to a piano or guitar, they immediately sounded better. And so as opposed to going left from The Sound And The Fury, I sort of went right, or straight into the heart of Yacht Rock!”

You recorded the albums in just two weekends, why did you decide on that approach?

“It was a combination of my limited attention span and limited budget. But I’d spent the best part of a year writing it, and demoing it, and I knew what the songs needed. I spent 2014 making an EP a month, so I have learnt to work very, very fast when necessary and now I can’t see a reason to waste too much time. I’m happy to spend an age making sure the songs are as good as they can be, that’s always worth spending time on.”

You’ve self-produced the album, who else played on it with you?

“I’m really lucky that I get to play with some amazing musicians, some of whom are part of Michael Kiwanuka’s band. So they’re playing on it, and I also roped in my friends Bright Light Bright Light and Markus Feehily to sing some backing vocals on it, and Bernard Butler who produced my fourth album added some great guitar too.”

Which song on the album took the longest to get right?

“‘Bring Him Fire’. I tried so many different ways of doing this. I’m still not 100% happy with the final version, but I loved the song and wanted it on the album.”

And which came together most quickly?

“‘The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter’ because we recorded it almost completely live. We just overdubbed the strings and brass.”

What kind of album is this in lyrical terms? Is there a theme to the songs?

“I never like to get too specific about the meaning behind my lyrics because I think it kind of spoils it for the listener. I love hearing from other people what their story is in their head when they hear the song. My sister, for example, told me her personal image when she hears a song from the album called ‘All Gold’ and it’s such a lovely story I don’t want to spoil her imagination with what I really wrote it about. Having said that, as a writer, I always start from a place of personal experience, otherwise, I don’t think I can be honest, and if I can’t be honest, I don’t think I can connect with the person listening.”

When did you settle on the title of Stay Lucky?

“Because that song means an awful lot to me, and at the same time I wanted to make the album a kind of gift to the listener. Almost like a good luck charm. I made it during 2016 which was one hell of a weird year, so I figure those of us who made it out alive need all the luck we can get, especially when you look at the state of the world right now…”

Were there any other titles in contention?

“Its working title was ‘Juno’ which is the first song on the album, but I thought it might confuse people and make them think it was a vintage synth album.”

What are your plans to take the album out live? How is your live set coming together?

“I’ve already played the whole album live with the studio band a few times this year. Because it was essentially recorded live, it’s really easy to put the set together on stage and I think people will come to shows and feel it is close to the recorded album. I don’t think I’ve managed to do that with an album before, so I’m really pleased and excited about forthcoming live shows.”

Nerina Pallot’s new album Stay Lucky is out now and available here in hmv’s online store.

Credit/Source: hmv.com

Oct 13, 2017
Nat & Villy

ALBUM REVIEW: Nerina Pallot | Stay Lucky

BY ISABELLA THORPE-WOODS

Brit and Novello Award champ, Nerina Pallot, has thrown the musical realm into a frenzy with her sixth album, Stay Lucky.

Recorded in just two weekends at London’s very own RAK studios, Stay Lucky is an album that includes some scorching collabs. Featuring the likes of Bernad Butler, Markus Feehily, and Rod Thomas (AKA Bright Light Bright Light) the list is seemingly endless. Needless to say, Pallot remains the overall leading lady, seducing us into obligatory submission with her sugary vocals, peppered with the perfect amount of melancholy.

With a faultless, heavily impassioned tone, it’s impossible not to envisage the person each of these ballads is dedicated to. Pallot becomes the alluring, mythological Siren to our ravenous sailors – particularly during “Come Into My Room”, where the vocal lines are wholly tantalising.

“Man Didn’t Walk on the Moon” leaves the biggest impression, boasting dazzling electric guitar riffs to accompany funky synths (analogue, as she began writing on a Juno, thus explaining the opening tracks name). Paired with warm bass lines, the track simmers just below the boil – also, have I mentioned the girl has one hell of a voice?

Indeed, it’s a tune that dares you to sing and prance around the house in a rebellious teen surge, putting a middle finger up to accompany “My daddy don’t care cause he’s on vocation/He left a little stash it’s a sweet occasion.” What’s not to love?! I wish my dad could leave me a little bit of beer money. Reminiscent of Fleetwood Mac’s timeless track “Dreams”,”Man Didn’t Walk on the Moon” sees Pallot continue to vocally invoke the essence of the deity Stevie Nicks. It goes without saying, if you’re a fan of the 70s, Stay Lucky is well worth a nosy.

Flecks of jazz creep into Stay Lucky’s criteria, with Pallot dipping her toes into the ongoing jazz revival (pretty sure Damien Chazelle’s Lala Land is partly to blame). Listen out for songs marinated in jazz piano (played by none other than Pallot herself) and the soaring sax solo in “Better” that’s guaranteed to make you melt.

Like a jazz score, Pallot’s album is an influx of the unpredictable. Swooning with palpable lust, it unleashes a host of stripped back, exposed tracks, whilst also soothing your summertime sadness courtesy of buoyant and catchy melodies. It’s ingenious – and of no surprise – given Pallot’s adoration of Joni Mitchell, whose influence is unmistakeable.

Stay Lucky is a carefully curated offering by Pallot. Featuring 10 glorious tracks, she has managed to create a host of tunes, tailored to every possible mood. Pallot’s lyrical depth and sweeping vocals reveal a vulnerability to her character, meaning it’s almost impossible not to empathise with, making Stay Lucky her most personal, heart warming and direct album yet.

Promoting Pallot as a perfectly autonomous young woman, she puts her individual stamp on feelings of romance, disillusionment, family, social and environmental ideals. Pallot encourages hope and optimism explicitly – perfectly summarised by the album’s title – a message that will be gobbled up by a world cowering under a nuclear shadow. We have one planet and its one we share.

So, I’m not asking you, I’m telling you to tune into Stay Lucky. Set for release on October 13th, it’s time you had a field day with Pallot’s album, inducing a mixture of both sobs and smiles.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Stay Lucky‘s track listing:
1. Juno
2. Bring Him Fire
3. Man Didn’t Walk On The Moon
4. Come Into My Room
5. Stay Lucky
6. Better
7. Heart Is A Lonely Hunter
8. All Gold
9. Come Back To Bed
10. Bird

Credit/Source: onestoprecordshop.co.uk

Oct 12, 2017
Nat & Villy

Collaboration With Nerina Pallot On The Cards?

Could a future collaboration between Markus Feehily and Nerina Pallon be on the cards? We’d absolutely love to see that happening. 😃 It looks like the two singers would love to “do something soon” so who knows, we could be in for a treat at some point! 😁

Nerina Pallot wrote to Markus on Twitter it’s “such an honour to have you sing on it – your voice is INSANELY GREAT!!! XXX“, talking about our artist singing backing vocals on her song ‘Man Didn’t Walk On The Moon‘. Markus replied “Let’s do something soon!“, to which Nerina said “Yes please!!!! ❤️ 😬”, so here’s hoping! 😉

Credit/Source: twitter.com/MarkusFeehily / twitter.com/ladychatterley

Aug 17, 2017
Nat & Villy

Markus On Arranging And Singing BVs For Nerina Pallor

Markus shared the music video for Nerina Pallot‘s new single ‘Man Didn’t Walk On The Moon‘, on which he sings backing vocals, and wrote a bit more about this collaboration. Lovely to read he was also responsible for the BVs’ arrangement! 😃🎵🙌🙌

Markus Feehily: We had penned some songs together before so when Nerina Pallot asked me to come to her studio to help arrange and sing some BVs on her new album I jumped at the chance – shes so talented and gorgeous and I had a great time – heres the new video to one of those songs “Man didnt walk on the moon” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhZkdTgtjgk

Credit/Source: facebook.com/markusfeehilyofficial

Aug 13, 2017
Nat & Villy

‘Man Didn’t Walk On The Moon’ On BBC

Whoop! Remember this update, everyone? 😃 Well, ‘Man Didn’t Walk On The Moon‘, one of Nerina Pallot’s songs from her upcoming album that features Markus Feehily on the backing vocals, was played on BBC and you can now listen to it by clicking here (skip to 2:40:16 for the song). 😃

We got all emotional hearing his high notes… 🎧😍💙🎵❤️👏👏

Nerina Pallot’s upcoming album ‘Stay Lucky’ will be released on October 13th. 🙂👍

Credit/Source: bbc.co.uk / twitter.com/MarkusFeehily / Thanks twitter.com/Jenny_K_90 for the link to the audio

Jul 26, 2017
Nat & Villy

Backing Vocals By Markus On Nerina Pallot’s New Album

According to the following article by About Manchester, Markus Feehily joins Nerina Pallot on her new album, ‘Stay Lucky’, singing backing vocals on three of her songs: ‘Bird’, ‘Man Didn’t Walk On The Moon’ and ‘Come Into My Room’. The album will be released on October 13th and we can’t wait to listen to it, as well as Markus’ BVs on the three songs! 😊🎧🎶🙌

EDIT: Nerina Pallot tweeted that she can’t wait for everyone to hear how amazing Markus sounds. 😉🎶 *whoop, roll on!*

Nerina Pallot is heading to Gorilla

Nerina Pallot - About Manchester

By Nigel Barlow

Nerina Pallot has announced details of her forthcoming album ‘Stay Lucky’, which will be released on October 13 on Idaho Records. The first single to be taken from the album is the title track ‘Stay Lucky’ is available to listen to now HERE. The Brit and Ivor Novello Award nominated musician will follow the album’s release with a UK tour, which includes Manchester’s Gorilla on November 13

Her sixth album, ‘Stay Lucky’ was written and produced by Pallot and recorded over two weekends at London’s RAK studios. The speed belies the lovely, unhurried expansiveness of an album that is, truly and deeply, her most personal, most warmly emotional album yet.

Pallot plays piano, analogue synthesiser, guitar and percussion, and is joined by musicians including Bernard Butler (guitar on ‘Bring Him Fire’, ‘Come Back To Bed’ and ‘All Gold’), Markus Feehily (backing vocals on ‘Bird’, ‘Man Didn’t Walk On The Moon’ and ‘Come Into My Room’) and Rod Thomas AKA Bright Light Bright Light (BV’s on ‘Stay Lucky’ and ‘All Gold’). The core group on the album are from Michael Kiwanuka’s touring band – Steve Pringle on keys, Alex Bonfanti on bass and Lewis Wright on drums.

The album opens with ‘Juno’, which swells and builds and is Pallot’s take on the likes of Massive Attack’s ‘Teardrop’ and Little Dragon’s ‘Twice’. “I like songs that creep up, creep round,” she says. “They don’t follow simple pop lines.”

The sublime ‘Man Didn’t Walk On The Moon’ comes across like a soulful reboot of Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Dreams’ (“I was actually trying to do Steely Dan’s ‘Do It Again!’” ), whereas ‘Heart Is A Lonely Hunter’ – named after Carson McCullers’ 1940 debut novel – is a perfectly poised, wee-hours, spellbinding jazz. The album closes with ‘Bird’, which begins softly with keys and acoustic guitar, like one of her musical heroines, Joni Mitchell, before blooming into a gospel-tinged soul belter, complete with a nod to Jill Scott.

‘Come Back To Bed’ is a deeply sexy cri de coeur to her husband, while the glorious title track is for their young son. Sonically, ‘Stay Lucky’ speaks to the Serge and Charlotte Gainsbourg records (notably the latter’s second album, ‘5.55’, which featured Air), big influences for the quarter-French Pallot. Lyrically, it’s a wish for the future, a shaft of positivity beaming out into the world. That, she acknowledges, is why it’s the album title, and why it’s the lead track.

“You know, least year was such a fucking weird year,” she sighs. “People were dying left, right and centre, the political system was so fucked up…”

But rather than rage in the new songs she was writing, she found solace. Pallot found herself thinking back to reading The Wasteland at university. Her tutor pointed out that in times of war, “when shit goes down, people are more inclined to get pissed and shag than they are to take to the streets, because you just want to anaesthetise yourself. So that’s kind of my feel.”

“Basically, it’s my death and shagging record,” she concludes. “That I hope people will get high and shag to, but hopefully not die while doing so!”

Credit/Source: aboutmanchester.co.uk / twitter.com/ladychatterley

Jun 15, 2017
Nat & Villy

‘Butterfly’ Played On 2FM’s All Irish Music Day

We were so happy to read Anne’s tweet about Markus Feehily‘s amazing single ‘Butterfly‘ being played on 2FM’s All Irish Music Day, during The Nicky Byrne Show With Jenny Greene. 😁🎵

Markus tweeted Nicky and Jenny joking, “thanks for the spin earlier, that €€ is in the post 😉 , woops did I say that out loud!!?“. Haha, gotta love him and his humour. 😄

Click here to listen back to today’s show (‘Butterfly’ is on at 01:11:40).

Credit/Source: twitter.com/WestlifeMEX / twitter.com/MarkusFeehily / twitter.com/NickyByrne / twitter.com/djjennygreene

Jan 11, 2017
Nat & Villy

Hollywood Spy’s Top 25 Best Songs Of 2016

1. SIA & SEAN PAUL – Cheap Thrills
2. LADY GAGA – Million Reasons

3. MARKUS FEEHILY – Sanctuary

I admit that I could not stop singing this one all year around, mellow, loving, gorgeous, tender, strong, with beautiful video, it comes straight from Ireland.

4. HOZIER – Better Love
5. X AMBASSADORS – Unsteady
6. CLEAN BANDIT & SEAN PAUL – Rockabye
7. KYGO – Fragile
8. AKCENT – Serai
9. LP- Lost On You
10. JOHN LEGEND – Love Me Now
11. SERKAN – Imdat
12. SHAWN MENDES – Treat You Better
13. SKIN – Renaissance
14. OLYMPE – Si Demain
15. CALVIN HARRIS – My Way
16. CHARLIE PUTH – We Don’t Talk Any More
17. TIANA – Me
18. CHARLIE PUTH – Dangerously
19. NICK JONAS – Close
20. AURYN & ANASTACIA – Who Is Loving You
21. KYGO – Raging
22. SLIMANE – Paname
23. MIKA – Hurts (Remix)
24. AMIR – J’Ai Cherche
25. DAMI IM – Silence

Credit/Source: hollywood-spy.blogspot.com

Jan 2, 2017
Nat & Villy