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 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

Listen Back To Born This Way

Born This Way was such an interesting and encouraging piece to listen to on BBC Radio 2 and we are very proud that our one and only Markus Feehily was part of it, sharing his own experience of being in the closet. 🌈 It’s so wonderful to see how happy he has been since he came out despite his worries about how the world would take it in the past. 😃🙌🙌🏳️‍🌈💚

📻You can now listen back to ‘Born This Way’ on BBC Radio 2’s website:

LISTEN BACK:

MARKUS FEEHILY ON BBC RADIO 2
BORN THIS WAY DOCUMENTARY

(50:02 minutes in)

EDIT: We made a transcript of Markus’ words from the documentary. 😃

“It was phenomena! Right to the point if I’m honest where I probably didn’t even appreciate just how many different achievements were going on. It just put more and more more pressure on me because ‘that’s another million people that are gonna be so disappointed when they find out that I’ve been fooling them all along’, you know, this is what was going in my mind. Once again in hindsight it’s crazy but that is how I felt. I was scared of being found out. You know, I was scared of this big dark secret being uncovered and horrifying all of our fans and disappointing, literally, the other lads in the band and the label…”

“So I was ready for it… the backlash. And I swear to God, the next day I woke up, the story was in the paper, it was the biggest anticlimax of all time. The fans… there was not one single negative comment made, you know, not on the internet, nowhere. I felt like maybe the fans had that instinct as well. Maybe they were happy to see somebody finally being true to themselves and coming out of that dark place that I was in and they were so supportive and all of a sudden I was having the best time of my life. Just because I made a decision of coming out.”

RE-EDIT:

Markus wrote on his social networks: Proud to be a part of this BBC Docu about LGBT timeline on @BBCRadio2 you can listen here,I’m on @ about 50.00 min https://t.co/xFObDaqpFk

Credit/Source: bbc.co.uk / twitter.com/MarkusFeehily

Aug 3, 2017
Nat & Villy

Episode 2 Of Born This Way Tonight On BBC Radio 2

The day is here everyone! 😃 The second episode of BBC Radio 2 documentary Born This Way, which will also feature Markus Feehily talking of of the pressures of being in the closet, will be aired tonight, 10-11pm (UK time) and you can listen live worldwide by clicking here. 🌏😊🌈

Check the equivalent time in your country here.

Born This Way

Episode 2 of 2

Your love – forbidden.

Your way of life – against the law.

That was the chilling reality for countless LGBT people in the UK.

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act of 1967 which partially decriminalised sex between men, Andrew Scott tells the remarkable story of how gay people and gay culture came to transform pop culture in the face of persistent oppression.

In this second episode Andrew documents the horror of the AIDS crisis, which threatened to tear the gay scene apart in the 1980s. However, when surrounded by death, gay culture stood firm. Richard Coles (The Communards) and Andy Bell (Erasure) provide first hand accounts of being part of a new stock of proud LGBT performers who utilised their sexuality to push boundaries, tackle social issues and helped to define the sound of their generation.

Super-producers Trevor Horn (Frankie Goes To Hollywood – ‘Relax’) and Mike Thorne (Bronski Beat – ‘Smalltown Boy’) detail the process of creating two songs which helped showcase two very different sides of gay identity in the mid 1980s.

Will Young explores the experience of coming out under the spotlight of reality TV, and how the depiction of gay culture on TV in the early 2000s was an important step towards to society becoming more tolerant of gay people.

Even in recent years it’s been far from plain sailing for gay people in the entertainment industry. Markus Feehily, one of the lead singers in Westlife, tells of the pressures of being in the closet whilst also being in one of the most successful boy bands in the UK.

Finally, Years & Years frontman Olly Alexander talks about being part of the new wave of ‘always out’ pop-stars, daring to use male pronouns in his song-writing and the future of LGBT themes in pop.

Credit/Source: bbc.co.uk/radio2

Aug 2, 2017
Nat & Villy

Markus On BBC Radio 2 – August 2nd

Great news everyone! 😃📻 On Wednesday August 2nd, Markus Feehily will be on BBC Radio 2, between 10 and 11pm (GMT / equivalent time in your country), to talk of the pressures of being in the closet. This will be part of a two-episode documentary, Born This Way, presented by Andrew Scott. We can’t wait for it! Mark this to your calendar and make sure you tune in! 🏳️‍🌈🙂👍‬

Born This Way
Ep 2/2

Wednesday 2 August
10.00pm-11.00pm
BBC RADIO 2

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act of 1967 which partially decriminalised sex between men, Andrew Scott tells the remarkable story of how gay people and gay culture came to transform pop culture in the face of persistent oppression.
In this second episode Andrew documents the horror of the AIDS crisis, which threatened to tear the gay scene apart in the 1980s. However, when surrounded by death, gay culture stood firm. Richard Coles (The Communards) and Andy Bell (Erasure) provide first-hand accounts of being part of a new stock of proud LGBT performers, who utilised their sexuality to push boundaries, tackle social issues and help define the sound of their generation.

Super-producers Trevor Horn (Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Relax) and Mike Thorne (Bronski Beat – Smalltown Boy) detail the process of creating two songs which helped showcase two very different sides of gay identity in the mid-1980s.

Will Young explores the experience of coming out under the spotlight of reality TV, and how the depiction of gay culture on TV in the early 2000s was an important step towards society becoming more tolerant of gay people.

Even in recent years it’s been far from plain sailing for gay people in the entertainment industry. Markus Feehily, one of the lead singers in Westlife, tells of the pressures of being in the closet whilst also being in one of the most successful boy bands in the UK.

And finally, Years & Years frontman Olly Alexander talks about being part of the new wave of ‘always out’ pop-stars, daring to use male pronouns in his song-writing and the future of LGBT themes in pop.

This concert is part of Gay Britannia, a season of programming across BBC Radio and television which marks the 50th anniversary of The Sexual Offences Act 1967.

Presenter: Andrew Scott
Producer: Max O’Brien and Jonathan O’Sullivan for TBI Media

Credit/Source: bbc.co.uk

Jul 20, 2017
Nat & Villy

Markus: “Thanks for all the birthday wishes!”

Yeey, the birthday boy took to Instagram earlier, to share a beautiful photo of himself and thank fans “for all the birthday wishes“! 😃 He also jokingly said: “Can’t believe I’m nearly 30 – Eeek!!“, haaa! 😜💙🎂

We also added his latest cool doodles to the gallery, which he shared on Instagram yesterday! 😊

Credit/Source: instagram.com/MarkusMoments

May 28, 2017
Nat & Villy

“My heart goes out to everyone in Manchester”

We are heartbroken over the attack at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester… cruel world we live in. 😔💔 Our lovely Markus wrote on Twitter: “My heart goes out to everyone in Manchester. Deepest condolences to those who’ve lost someone & may the others find their way home safely x

Credit/Source: twitter.com/MarkusFeehily

May 23, 2017
Nat & Villy

Markus Posts About “To Hell Or Barbados”

Markus shared a photo of what looks like such an interesting book – “To Hell Or Barbados” and wrote on Instagram:

“Fascinating!! If you look past the last 100 years and go to 200/300/400 years ago there’s a whole lot of stuff we don’t talk about or know about,like the fact that Irish slaves taught people how to speak English in Barbados hence the Way you can hear Irish pronunciations in the accent there #history #ireland #barbados”

Credit/Source: instagram.com/markusmoments

May 17, 2017
Nat & Villy

Markus Sends Supportive Tweet To Little Fighter’s Mum

Little Layla is 2 years old, fighting a rare neuroblastoma stage four cancer and Markus replied her mum’s tweet in support, saying: “what a gorgeous wee girl,so sorry to hear she’s not well,lots of love xx“. We wish the little fighter good luck with everything! 💚

Credit/Source: twitter.com/MarkusFeehily / twitter.com/LouiseC26335084

May 2, 2017
Nat & Villy

Markus Tweets About Singer JP Cooper

Wonder who Markus Feehily’s new sing-along-in-the-car artist is? Well, you need to check out singer JP Cooper! 😉

Our artist tweeted: “@JPCooperMusic is officially my new sing-along-in-the-car artist,perfect strangers, September song and now this new Passport one! 🕺🏻🎼🚘“. JP Cooper replied “Glad you’re enjoying it. 😊🙏🏻

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

Apr 25, 2017
Nat & Villy

Markus Feehily has paid tribute to Pat “Fitzy” Fitzpatrick

Mikie O’Loughlin

Markus Feehily has paid tribute to Pat “Fitzy” Fitzpatrick following his sad death earlier this week.

The Westlife singer and the famed Aslan keyboardist previously worked on a project together.

Fitzy lost his battle with cancer, with the sad news emerging on Thursday afternoon.

Very sad 2 hear about Aslans Pat Fitzpatrick

I sincerely enjoyed jamming with him for the 1st couple of mins of this,” said Mark alongside a video.

After the news broke, Christy Dignam told The Irish Sun he was “the sixth member of Aslan.”

“Fitzy has left a huge hole behind in our lives both as a musician and a friend.

“It’s wasn’t just music, Fitzy was a lovely human being. He played with such feeling.”

He was laid to rest at the Mount Jerome crematorium in South County Dublin this morning.

Among those pay their respects were Singer Mary Coughlan, Composer Bill Whelan and Christy Dignam.

May he rest in peace.

Credit/Source: rsvpmagazine.ie

Apr 23, 2017
Nat & Villy