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 to many. We invite you to open your mind and let Mark's vibe and magic inspire your all. In 2015 Markus launched his solo career with his debut album "Fire", while now, he is about to release a new festive album called "Christmas" and is set to perform some special unplugged shows in the UK and Ireland.

“Wow Manchester You Were Great Tonight”

Markus opened Mariah Carey‘s All I Want For Christmas concert in Manchester last night and he tweeted after the show: Wow Manchester you were great tonight I loved being back in that arena performing again so many memories. Caught @MariahCarey performance after mine & she is looking and sounding phenomenal …next stop The 02 London tomorrow night 🎄🎄🎄🎅🏻🎅🏻🎅🏻 xx. 🎵😊❤️🎄

Remember that his festive album ‘Christmas’ is OUT and you can order it worldwide! 👌😉🎁

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Dec 11, 2017
Nat & Villy

‘I feel I’ve come out the other end of a dark journey’

Mark Feehily on finding love and musical success

Caitlin McBride

Mark Feehily is having a moment.

He enjoyed international fame and fortune for 14 years with Westlife, playing sold-out stadium gigs around the world; but these days, he prefers to focus on the joys of domesticity, enjoying all the little things in his day-to-day life in Sligo and he’s been reunited with his first love – music.

It’s been two years since his debut solo album Fire was released which he says reflects a “darker period” in his life, but now he’s back with something more jovial, in fact, as joyful as it gets –a Christmas album, indicative of him finding light (and love) at the end of the tunnel.

While recording his first album, he was dealing with the end of his relationship with ex-fiancé Kevin McDaid and adjusting to life without Westlife, which was apparent in his music. Now, he’s in a relationship, spending time with his family and back home in Ireland.
“I made that album between three and three and a half years ago, over the course of 18 months. Westlife had just finished, my last relationship ended and it was a darker time; especially now in hindsight, it was a more difficult time for me and I navigated it as best I could,” he tells Independent.ie Style.

“Making the album at that point in my life genuinely reflected it – the songs on my first solo album were breakup songs and about the trials and tribulations of single life, meeting people and the search for the right person. It was slightly darker, but not mega dark. Now I feel I’ve come out the other end of that journey, I’m living back in Ireland for the last two and a half years and I’ve been in a relationship for the last four years.”
He’s iving in his native Sligo after settling in London for most of his career and later to Dublin and in a way only a former megastar can, he finds happiness in the mundane, enjoying all those smaller moments he missed out on while working and touring.

“I’m living in Sligo a year and a half, I was in Dublin a year before that. I have two goddaughters, one is in school, so I bring her to school, all those little things,” he adds.

“I was always very family oriented, but I was living in London and as much as I enjoyed it, I think inevitably I was always going to feel I was too far away. I wanted my family in my life on a daily basis. London is great in terms of anonymity; in Sligo, they just treat me like a local, I like just being a normal part of the community.”

His relationship is rock solid, although he prefers not to divulge any details about his other half, who doesn’t work in the industry.

“It’s fantastic. There was a time when I was single and I didn’t particular enjoy it, it didn’t take me long to realise I prefer being in a relationship,” he explains. “I was very grateful to meet somebody not in the industry – I have that balance where I can work hard, come home and switch off. It’s not 24/7 for me.

“For me, I just respect he’s not in the industry.”

When I ask if he’ll share his name, he says he’ll let him “in his own time”, adding: “I don’t even shine that much to publicity, it’s part of my job and that’s fine with me.”

In the wake of a myriad sexual misconduct allegations emerging across industries, particularly in entertainment, I ask him if he’s seen anything in the music industry in Ireland.
“With us, we were a band so we were like a little gang. We always had that protection of always having people around us. Fortunately we haven’t met any personal experience that would stand out,” he said.

“Obviously it’s not just the entertainment industry, it’s a variety of different characters similar to any industry, media, film – there’s always going to be challenges like that and unsavoury characters, Westlife always protected because we were a little gang
“If anyone was ever acting a bit odd, we always had each other’s backs. We weren’t as vulnerable as solo artists might have been. “

In addition to his new album, he’s landed a gig with the Queen of Christmas herelf – Mariah Carey – whom he has experience collaborating with after Westlife performed together for their cover of Against All Odds back in 1999. The story of their reunion isn’t one of star-crossed professionals, but rather down to the fact that they share the same agent who did some “musical matchmaking” coupled with the fact that they get along quite well.

“Everything is falling into place in a nice way, I’m appreciating how all the stars are aligning,” he said.
“Sometimes, collaborations can be like two ships passing in the night, you meet once or twice and that’s it; but we’ve stayed in touch. I feel like she’s not your best mate, but in terms of the relationship with a fellow artists, it’s a pretty good and strong one. I’m aware she’s a huge star and she’ll always be Mariah Carey in one way, but in another, I’m just a big fan of her as an artist. I try not to think about how much of a mega-star she is so we can try and have a relatively normal chat, so I’m not just sitting there thinking, ‘Oh My God, it’s Mariah Carey’.

Recording a Christmas album was always on his bucket list and his new work gives him the opportunity to have more of an intimate relationship with his fans at gigs – he’s performing at smaller venues and plans interaction with the crowd.

He’ll be taking to the stage of Dublin’s Sugar Club on December 19th and Belfast’s Empire Hall on December 18th.

“It’s going to be some Westlife songs thrown in among the new Christmas songs for new album and from my first solo album,” he says. “It’s a mixture, it’s a very up close and personal gig that involves a lot of talking to the audience, it’s the complete opposite to the big stage and barriers separating you from fans. “

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Dec 9, 2017
Nat & Villy

Mark Feehily (TresA Magazine Interview)

Westlife singer Mark Feehily released his solo Christmas album on December 1st and will be setting out on tour later this month starting December 12th at The Ruby Lounge in Manchester. Ahead of his tour, Mark can be seen as a special guest on the Mariah Carey shows at Manchester Arena and London O2. Catching up with Mark, we talk all things Christmas album and tour, his solo career and new music.

Your Christmas album was released on December 1st, what was your favourite song to record?

Probably the Mariah Carey cover “Miss you most at Christmas” which I’ve been singing since the 90’s. I always listened to her album as a kid.

Can you tell us more about your new album, how did you decide on the tracks?

I chose songs that not only were some of my favourite Christmas songs, but also songs that I felt I could do justice to vocally. Some songs are amazing but I wouldn’t feel the need to sing them. The ones I picked all jumped out at me vocally and that was the main criteria.

Is a Christmas album something you’ve always wanted to release?

I have always loved the idea of a Christmas album and much like the rest of Christmas it’s in a little pocket that happens for about 4-6 weeks a year then it’s done. When I was confirmed as Mariah’s special guest I just thought ‘this is the year to do that album!’

We’re loving the option of getting a signed Christmas card when pre-ordering the album, how did you come up with this idea?

It was an idea that someone from my label mentioned amongst a load of other ideas and it stood out to me as it fits in with Christmas so well to send a fan a personally signed Christmas card!!

What was it like being back in the studio?

That was the best part of this whole experience. Being in the studio and making music that will last forever in one way or another is my favourite thing to do! I love singing live too but studio recordings are just so creative and artistic and I was in my element arranging backing vocals and working with my producer to come up with our own unique versions.

Are you prepared for your Christmas tour?

Yes I know all these songs so well and will also be singing a few Westlife songs which I obviously know inside out. It’s going to be very informal and fun and laid-back so I’m not stressed I just can’t wait to see all those people up close and personal.

What can people expect from your tour?

It’s going to be a sing song, it’s not a big gig with thousands of lights and smoke machines and fireworks… it’s going to be my voice and a piano. It would be my ideal environment to see one of my favourite artists in where I could really see them up close and hear their voice really clearly. That’s what inspired me to do it.

Will people be able to purchase your album at the venues?

This is an independently released album on my own label and is only available online. You can however order a physical CD online that will get sent out to you with the personally signed Christmas card!

How does it feel knowing your fans are still there after your two year break?

I will always be so grateful for the Westlife fans that have stuck with me on my solo journey and also to the new people who have joined the party too! I love the fans more than anything, they are why I do what I do.

What was the experience like at the EMAs?

It was cool in one way. Eminent performance was great and Shawn Mendes’ voice was impressive. However by midnight I was ready to do a Cinderella and get out of there as I had an early start the next day so it didn’t end up too rock and roll!

What do you miss the most about being in a band?

I suppose the company on planes, trains and automobiles whilst travelling, the fun onstage and the fun aftershows!

Having played arenas previously, how different do you think it will be playing on the Mariah Carey tour?

I think the fans are there to see Mariah so I will have to make sure to try and charm them… thankfully they are there to hear Christmas songs though which will hopefully help!

Which countries would you like to visit on a solo tour?

China and South East Asia are next on my list, hopefully that will happen really soon as I miss those territories so much!

Are you planning on releasing new music next year?

I will be going into the studio and working hard but there’s no release date or time frame set just yet. I have a lot of album and non-album related plans for 2018 & 2019 that are all entertainment based so I’m excited to hit the ground running next year!

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Dec 8, 2017
Nat & Villy

Listen Back: Markus Feehily’s Live Studio 8 Session

Now… what can we say, Markus just went and totally NAILED the live performances of ‘River‘ and ‘Merry Christmas Baby‘ from his new album ‘Christmas‘!! 👏😍🎤👦🏻🙌 We are so proud of him and so emotional listening to him singing his heart out… ❤️ No, seriously, if you haven’t got his album yet, make sure you will; you’re in for a treat! 👌🎅🎶🎁

OGHAN MCDERMOTT: MARK FEEHILY STUDIO 8 SESSION

Mark Feehily is back with a brand new album.

‘Christmas’ is a collection of classic Christmas favourites and Mark joined Eoghan in studio 8 for a chat and performed some tracks from the album.

Listen to the full session here.

Apart from listening to the full session above, you can also watch a video of his ‘Merry Christmas Baby‘ performance below:

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Dec 6, 2017
Nat & Villy

‘River’ Is Jenny Greene’s Record Of The Week

YAAAS! 👏😁 DJ Jenny Greene picked ‘River‘, one of the songs from Mark’s new album ‘Christmas, as Record Of The Week and it will be played every day this week on The Nicky Byrne Show – RTÉ 2FM! 🎶😊🎄 Markus wrote on Twitter: “😍😍 Amazing stuff! Thanks everyone! 🎄❤️ XX

SO well deserved, Mark’s version of the song is breath taking… his vocals are out of this world and you can feel the emotion in each word he sings… 🙌🙌

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Dec 4, 2017
Nat & Villy

“Amazing To Finally Be Able To Release This Album”

N’awe, you can tell than fans weren’t the only ones who were all excitedly waiting for the time to come to be able to download Mark Feehily’s new album ‘Christmas on Thursday night… 😉 Our artist himself shared a selfie while waiting for the big moment to come, saying: “This is me right now – very excited about the fact that my album is out in a matter of minutes!! 🎄🎅🏻 x“. He also posted a photo of himself “being interviewed by someone the other side of the country“, writing: “I got to sit in the hot seat for once and I liked it…lots of buttons to try and not press!” haha bless him 😄❤️ and one more posing in front of a Christmas tree, taken in the 2FM studios, where he “had a great day recording performances and interviews with the amazing team out there“. We can’t wait for those performances and interviews to see the light heh! 🎅🎤🎄

Yesterday, he wrote on Facebook of the album release: “Amazing to finally be able to release this album. I’ve loved every second of recording this and hope you love it as much as I do : http://smarturl.it/MarkFeehilyChristmas“. 🙌💿🙌

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Dec 2, 2017
Nat & Villy

Mark Feehily – Christmas (Review By Paul Reynolds)

24 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS

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It is not often I start a review by highlighting the producer of a project (and comparing him to a well known fictional character). I rather think though that exquisite singer, Mark Feehily, won’t mind the brief diversion as I launch into some thoughts on his wonderful new Christmas EP. The engaging singer has worked well with producer Steve Anderson since his Westlife days – and chosen well to have him guide his festive project. Steve Anderson is the musical Scrooge – the Scrooge we have at the end of A Christmas Carol. He loves the holiday season, knows how to keep it well and – let’s face it – Christmas isn’t Christmas til he gets here. Fresh from his work with Kylie Minogue on her (still radiant) Christmas album, Steve is the perfect partner for Mark to get the best from his expressive voice and surround him with elegant and stirring instrumentals. Mark brings a sense of awe and wonderment to the seven songs on his EP, unveiling new facets to songs you thought you knew every single element of. Released with only twenty four days until the big day arrives, this is essential listening to give voice to your inner most feelings at one of the most emotive times of year (and each note and beat is a gift that keeps on giving).

The project opens with Merry Christmas Baby. Instantly, you get a sense of the style of music that lies ahead. A vibrant, live sounding band swathes Mark’s passionate voice and is textured with sumptuous girl group style backing vocals that accentuate the joy and happiness so saturated in Mark’s vocal delivery. There is an invigorating key change and a rather brilliant jam session that ends the song in ebullient fashion. You are left exhilarated after just one song and ever so hungry for more. He moves onto a somewhat more melancholy and reflective piece – Joni Mitchell’s The River. Accompanied by a resonant piano, Mark’s voice soars with a take on an old favourite that sounds like it would be perfectly at home in a musical version of Love, Actually. He doesn’t just sing the song – he seemingly takes every regrettable moment he has experienced and pours it into his performance. While this is prevalent across the song, it is perhaps best represented at around 55 seconds when he sings “I wish I had a river so long”, and – in those five seconds – manages to make the aching fragility so tangible that you feel like you can reach out and touch it. It is absolutely stunning.

Horns infuse Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas with a lovely, languorous feel, elevating Mark’s poignant wish to rapturous new heights. It is the perfect follow on from The River, an opportunity for him to take the cathartic redemption of that song and channel it into a plea that is earnest and heartfelt. In lesser hands, the voice may have gotten lost in such a bold instrumental yet the power and control in Mark’s singing means he is in symbiotic partnership with the band. An extended middle 8 lets the yearning permeate before Mark tackles another sterling key change and leaves the listener with the sense that, with performances like this in the world, perhaps a little magic will happen this festive season. And that hope continues into a stupendous recreation of This Christmas. He is a gloriously soulful raconteur who paints ornate visual images just with the power of his voice. Whoever chose the order of the tracklisting did a splendid job of crafting a story within a story – Mark letting the celebratory nature of the season guide him with a joyous glee. The convivial singalong nature of the harmonised “shake it up” refrain towards the end of the song has your raising your hands to the sky in emphatic testimony.

When you are opening for Mariah’s Christmas tour and then covering one of her devastating holiday ballads, you better do right by the song. There is no denying that Mark makes the song, Miss You Most At Christmas, his own. As on The River, there is no need for anything other than piano and vocal to bend each note to Mark’s desolate will. You can almost picture him, hardly dashing through the snow (because he bundled up too tight), lost in his thoughts in a wintry wonderland. While Mark pays due deference to Mariah’s original, he infuses his own memories to make this feel personal and intimate. He also elicits the listener’s own memories of lost loves from Christmases gone by, making this the musical equivalent of sitting by a roaring fire with a cup of cocoa as you grant yourself just a few moments to reminisce about what might have been. O Holy Night shakes you out of that reverie, and is my favourite Christmas carol. The a cappella opening is possibly one of the finest since Whitney sang I Will Always Love You. Mark’s voice is pure mesmerising majesty as solemn, reverent music gradually shimmers into life behind his humble solo. As the narrative of the songs progresses, so does the power of the music and emphasis in his voice. The “fall on your knees” moment sends shivers down your spine, as grandiose and dignified as if a choir of angels sang this song. Mark is your guide on a mellifluous Christmas journey and it leaves you feeling joyful AND triumphant.

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Dec 1, 2017
Nat & Villy

Mark Feehily – Christmas (Review By Lucy Mapstone)

In a market over-saturated with Christmas cover albums, is there room for another one? Don’t be a Scrooge, of course there is. This time it’s the turn of ex-Westlife star Mark Feehily and, while he’s no Buble (who is undeniably the musical version of mulled wine and snowflakes and jolly good cheer), there’s something enriching and enchanting about the Irish singer’s new spin on the most beloved festive tunes.

Feehily has done away with the hackneyed sleigh bells and other saccharine, yuletide-friendly elements in his tracks and this, combined with his genuinely magnificent singing voice, means his songs are less cliched than most Christmas covers tend to be.

Think bluesy, jazzy ballads with pared-back production; familiar tunes wiped clean of all the fuss. Highlights include O Holy Night and his goosebump-inducing take on Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.

Think of this effort as being like Feehily’s own little Christmas concert: you can almost see him sitting at a Westlife-style high stool, surrounded by a few hundred tinsel-wrapped candles… and you won’t even miss the other guys.

8/10: Lucy Mapstone

Belfast Telegraph Digital

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Dec 1, 2017
Nat & Villy

New Album ‘Christmas’ IS OUT NOW!

Now, guys… it’s 1st of December, which means that Mark Feehily’s festive album Christmas‘ IS OUT NOW!! 🙀❤️😁🎄🎵✨

As Markus has mentioned, this album is a bit of his own Christmas gift to the fans and we are incredibly happy and proud of what he’s put together. The song choices, the vocals, the emotions… he’s made such a fantastic festive album and we feel so lucky to be able to enjoy the sound of his taking over our Christmas! 😊🎵💿

Make sure you will make the album yours and get into the festive spirit in the most beautiful way… 👌😉

1. Merry Christmas Baby
2. River
3. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
4. This Christmas
5. Miss You Most (At Christmas Time)
6. O Holy Night
7. Silent Night (Live Acapella)

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Dec 1, 2017
Nat & Villy

A Christmas 2017 Gift For You From Trash

by Dan Bull

Looking for something new to put on this Christmas Day and drown out the family rows? Perhaps they’ll even soundtrack the happy times?! 2017 has been incredibly generous for festive LPs, so we’ve whittled down the best of them. And as The Killers aren’t delivering their usual, annual Christmas single (seriously, if you haven’t heard Boots or Joseph, Better You Than Me add them to your Xmas playlist immediately), there are a few stand-alone tracks at the end too. Like the little gift to go with the big gift, because no matter how old you are, one present is never enough..

The albums:

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Mark Feehily: Christmas
Best for: Walking through the city and pretending you’re the romantic lead in a Christmas film

Not so many moons ago, Christmas was primetime for Westlife. They scored a number one with I Have A Dream/Seasons In The Sun, and ensured that a new album was ready to top Christmas lists for generations of women. On his second album since the band’s split, Mark Feehily takes on the Christmas numbers that mean the most to him. While it’s concise, it’s also diverse, opening with Merry Christmas Baby (previously handled by Otis Redding, Elvis Presley and Rod Stewart) before delving a little deeper into the songs we’ve come to associate with St Nick. The end result is a classic sounding collection that will also bring back memories of Christmas in the 90s and early 00s for long-time fans.

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Nov 30, 2017
Nat & Villy