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 At Macnean House & Restaurant

N’awe, it looks like Marky had a fab time last night at Macnean House and Restaurant in Ireland, as he tweeted them saying: “I would have to go back years, not weeks or months, to remember a dining experience as good as last night. Truly stunning, thanks for the hospitality, Mark.“. 😃💙

Singer/ Songwriter/ Tv Presenter Lisa McHugh bumped into him and shared two beautiful photos, writing it was a “pleasure to meet” him, to which he replied: “lovely to meet you and your parents! See you again sometime x“. 😁

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Feb 16, 2018
Nat & Villy

Markus Feehily: “Happy NY Everyone see you in 2018”

N’aw, Marky posted a tweet that made us smile on New Year’s Eve! He wished his followers Happy New Year and wrote “see you in 2018“, whoop! 😊🎉❤️

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Jan 1, 2018
Nat & Villy

I like the idea of presents that last

Singer Mark Feehily on what he’s really hoping for over the festive season — and why art is his biggest luxury spend

Mark Feehily was one of the lead singers in Westlife, the biggest pop group in Irish history.

They had 26 Top Ten singles, 14 Number One hits, selling 50 million records worldwide, before they disbanded in 2012.

The band were formed in 1998, signed by Simon Cowell and managed by Louis Walsh. By the time they played their last ever gig in Croke Park, they were estimated to be worth €9m each.

Feehily, 37, from Sligo, was often the soloist in Westlife, and was the main vocalist, along with Shane Filan. He launched a solo career in 2015, releasing his debut studio album, Fire.

He recently supported Mariah Carey in Manchester and London.

Are you a saver or a spender?

It goes in phases. Through many of the Westlife years, I was probably far too sensible, and so then I learned to enjoy it more. I’d be buying candles for €100, before I learned they only burn out, so it doesn’t matter if they’re a tenner. I became a bit flamboyant, although I was always wary not to just blow money. I’ve got more sensible now, and I’m somewhere in the middle.

What was your first job and how much did it pay?

I worked in a fast food restaurant called Café Yeats in Sligo. I started off at the bottom, cleaning up and mopping. It was 1995 and I got about IR£5 an hour. I’d be there with the mop, listening to Backstreet Boys on the radio and dreaming of pop stardom. It’s funny, in hindsight, how I ended up supporting them. It’s like something from a movie.

Do you download music or buy records?

I have submitted to the download world. I will buy the album as well if I really like the artist. The first album I got was Michael Jackson’s Bad, as a Christmas present. The first album I bought was TLC’s CrazySexyCool. I bought it in the Record Room in Sligo. I used to spend hours in there, checking out the sleeves and the artwork and finding out who produced and wrote albums. It was like escaping to another world. I still love Tower Records in Dublin for that. Music is now much more disposable, which is a shame really. But if my parents are downloading, it means I should be.

Do you haggle for a bargain?

A pet hate of mine is someone seeing a Westlife member coming and rubbing their hands together. I’m thinking: no, you’re not going to get away without a haggle — I’m just like any other customer. It’s part of the buying process, although I don’t mean everyday stuff. My best bargain was a Damien Hirst piece about 10 years ago, which I sold as it didn’t suit my new house. I got double the price I bought it for.

Where is your best value holiday destination?

Krakow in Poland. It’s a stunning city and I couldn’t get over how cheap it was. It’s great to have that culture and architecture not so far away, and it’s really good value.

What has been your biggest luxury spend?

Art is probably my biggest extravagance. I find it inspirational to walk past something I love and will never get tired of looking at. I am very into an incredible performance artist and designer called Leigh Bowery, and I love the Fergus Greer photos I have of him. I also have a photograph of Bowery by Annie Leibovitz. Graham Knuttel painted each of us once, so all the members of Westlife have a Knuttel picture of themselves.

What’s the biggest rip-off in Ireland?

Car insurance seems to be very expensive. I hear younger drivers getting quotes of €5,000, and there are a lot of people not on the road because of it. I’m sure there are people driving that are far riskier than those being punished for their age. Also, rents in the capital are cutting it out as an option for many.

What’s the most generous Christmas present you’ve ever received?

If someone made a nice Christmas card, it would make me much happier than an expensive present. I like the idea of presents that last. My aunt bought me a tree for my 21st birthday and it’s still in my parents’ garden. My brother Barry always buys me something I use — last year he bought me a beautiful, big, warm jacket that I wear on walks. I have no excuse now to not to get out and exercise.

Credit/Source: thetimes.co.uk

Dec 31, 2017
Nat & Villy

“Thanks To One And All For Being So Supportive”

N’aww, Marky shared a photo of his Christmas tree and wrote: “It’s Christmas Eve and I’m finally home ready for the big day tomorrow! Thanks to one and all for being so supportive on my Christmas Album and Unplugged gigs it was so lovely seeing you all – have a happy happy Christmas and see you in 2018!!! ❤️ xMx” – THANK YOU, Markus, for making this Christmas so special for us all! 🎄🤗🎵🎅🎁

Such a beautiful Christmas tree and we are so glad to read he is now in his refurbished house! 😊🏡❤️ He mentioned on The Michael Ball Show interview that friends, as well as his family and his boyfriend’s family will be over on Christmas day, so we are sure they’ll all have an amazing time tomorrow; best luck to the lads with the cooking! 😜💖👨‍🍳👨‍🍳💖

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Dec 24, 2017
Nat & Villy

10 minutes with Westlife star Mark Feehily

FORMER Westlife star Mark Feehily has just launched his latest album, entitled Christmas – which he claims is his “favourite time of year”.

The multi-Brit Award winning artist has pulled together a bunch of his favorite Christmas songs for the CD, including 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).

Speaking at the album launch in Dublin, he said: “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’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.”

Feehily was also a the special guest performer on Mariah Carey’s British Christmas tour.

Between the tour and the album release, Feehily is back with a festive bang after a two-year absence from the music spotlight.

Christmas by Mark Feehily is now available.

Who are your heroes?

Musically it would be Prince, Stevie Wonder, Mariah Carey, Whitney and Michael Jackson. Personally my grandparents and my parents, who have been the most influential people in my life across the board.

What’s been the best decade of your life so far and why?

I think from the age of 25 after coming out I really got to live life 100 per cent true to myself so it would have to be life post 25. There was a lot of the best years in Westlife too and some great periods of personal growth since the band ended too.

What record sends a shiver down your spine?

Songs in the key of life by Stevie Wonder. I had known his hits for years, like I just called to say I love you, but when I started to delve deeper into his albums and music later in life when I was about 21 I realised the true power and depth of his talent as a singer/ songwriter/musician.

What is your favourite place in Ireland?

Sligo through and through, it’s where my family and friends are from as well as the fact that it’s been my home all my life. It’s only getting more beautiful and anyone I ever bring there as a guest is blown away by everything it has to offer.

What makes you angry?

Homophobia is probably the thing that makes me most angry seeing as it’s so suppressive and dangerous, especially for younger people struggling to come to terms with their sexuality.

What book influenced you most?

I like reading the autobiographies of people who I can somehow relate to. Not in the way that I feel exactly like them, it might just be a small part of their story that I relate to but it’s comforting and inspirational to read about someone who’s overcome a struggle. Both Boy George’s autobiographies were very interesting. He grew up in a London-Irish family of builders and boxers but somehow was fearless in himself.

What was the worst moment of your life?

I think losing my grandparents at various points was the saddest thing in my life so far. I was very close to all of them, they all had long and happy lives but that doesn’t make it easy.

Which local star should the world outside Ireland know about?

I think that there are thousands of people who are the real heroes like nurses and surgeons and people who are unsung heroes who deserves to be celebrated much more than they are. Musicians and actors can be great entertainment but these people change and save lives multiple times a day and don’t get enough thanks.

If you could change one thing in your life, what would it be?

I would take away all confrontation and stress. It’s one thing that’s tough about being busy in any industry and I would love a life without those difficult conversations and disagreements but at the same time they have to happen when you’re passionate about what you do.

Can you recommend an interesting website?

Recently I’ve been looking at furniture a lot and maisondumonde.com or made.com are pretty good ones for ideas.

What is the best lesson life has taught you?

Probably that no amount of success or money can ever compete with the feeling of satisfaction and happiness and personally it could never beat being around family and friends and all of us being content and healthy.

What is your favourite film and why?

My favourite film changes all the time but I rarely watch a film more than once. If I can watch it multiple times, then it’s definitely a great movie. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is an amazing film, American History X, anything by Wes Anderson. I love movies with amazing art direction. Tom Ford directed A Single Man which was one of the best yet.

What do you believe in?

I believe in being fair, diplomacy, equal rights for everyone. I think Ireland has jumped forward in leaps and bounds since I was a kid and I’m proud to come from a
country that has really learned to appreciate the importance of equality.

What trait do others criticise you for?

Sometimes people tell me I don’t smile enough on stage. I could literally have the best gig of my life and be ecstatic and someone might say ‘you didn’t look like you were enjoying yourself’, maybe it’s because I’m focusing so much or just in my own little zone. I really do love performing so much and try to express that facially a bit more lately.

Where do you live and what are the best and worst things about that place?

I live in Sligo and it has everything I need. Family, nature, great bars and restaurants and the people are very friendly. As a kid, growing up in Sligo is great for art and culture between all the amazing history, such as the Bram Stoker connection and WB Yeats.

On what occasion is it OK to lie?

Maybe white lies to kids in order to protect them from fear or stress. There’s no need
to exercise complete honesty to a child, you have to teach them about everything but all at the right pace.

What do you consider the greatest work of art?

A good friend of mine, Sue Tilley, was the subject of paintings by the amazing artist Lucien Freud. His paintings of her Benefits supervisor sleeping and Benefits supervisor resting were amongst the most expensive paintings ever sold.

What is your ultimate guilty pleasure?

Probably buying expensive scented candles that I know cost far too much. They are literally like burning money. I bought a huge candle in LA once, it was about 2ft tall and a foot deep. It did last me about two years though.

Who is the love of your life?

My boyfriend of course. I am delighted to be in a secure long-term relationship
and live with my best friend. It’s amazing to know someone is there when you wake up and before you fall asleep.

Credit/Source: irishpost.co.uk

Dec 24, 2017
Nat & Villy

Interview For The Irish Mirror

Former Westlife star Mark Feehily on how he refused to let ‘keyboard warriors get under his skin’

He said the comments can be ‘so hurtful’

By Siobhan O’Connor

Former Westlife star Mark Feehily has revealed he no longer lets “keyboard warriors get under his skin”.

Mark, who has just released a new album, said he has developed a thick skin over the years.

Mark told the Irish Mirror: “I remember reading about Adele and she had stopped reading comments under Twitter or YouTube or whatever.

“I think there is that issue with the direct line of communication where anyone in the world can get a direct message right onto your phone at any point in time.

“And so it can be hurtful sometimes to read a negative comment but to be honest with you certain people would be more sensitive to it than others.

“I certainly was more sensitive a few years ago and I’ve just learnt to try to ignore it or just not read them but every now and again you’ll see something that isn’t nice to read but you just have to get on with it, keyboard warriors aren’t going to get me anytime soon.”

Busy with his solo material the 37-year-old is not ruling out a Westlife reunion.

He said: “In terms of getting back together as a band if you look at everyone’s individual careers everyone is really busy.

“In fact all the lads, we’re going to have a little Christmas party soon.

“But we all hold a very positive opinion of the idea of getting back together down the line, we’d all like to do it but not quite yet.”

Commenting on fellow Sligo bandmate Kian Egan and Jodi Albert’s latest addition to their brood baby Coby, Mark said he’s dying to meet the tiny tot.

He added: “I haven’t met Coby yet because I’ve been in London for the making of this album, I’d say they’ve had loads of visitors out there.

“But I’ve been speaking to Kian and Jody, we were having a little joke with each other saying would we bring in a bottle of champagne when she was still in hospital because me and Jody love a drink together.

“I spoke to Shane and Gillian yesterday and they loved the album and I’ll be seeing them soon.”

Shunning the limelight the 37-year-old said he’d rather be hiding away in his native Sligo than attending red carpet premieres.

He explained: “When I had my first album out I was in the promotional phase but as a person if I’m not actually promoting something I’m not really a showbizzy guy.

“I’ve been refurbishing my house in Sligo and designing the entire project, overseeing it project managing.

“When I get away from promoting I love going home and being creative.

“I’ve had a house in Sligo ever since the beginning of the band and I’ve always considered it to be home.”

The proud Sligo native explained why this Christmas is so special.

He said: “This is the Christmas I’ve been most looking forward to for a long time, I’ve got the album out so it’s going to be much more festive and fun than ever.

“I’m talking about Christmas all the time, it came kind of early because we made the album in November so it was an early Christmas beginning for me.

“I always love Christmas especially because I have a niece and two god daughters.

The singer is praying his family will be impressed with his culinary skills.

He said: “I’ll just be finished doing up my house for Christmas and I’m having all the family around.

“I’m going to be attempting to cook the Turkey this year, having kids around reignites the whole Christmas magic.”

Credit/Source: irishmirror.ie

Dec 23, 2017
Nat & Villy

Mark Feehily plans to work harder in 2018

by John Sheridan

Mark Feehily’s New Year’s resolution is to work hard and say “yes” to every opportunity offered to him.

The former Westlife singer Mark made a return to music in 2017, releasing his first festive album, titled ‘Christmas’ and supporting Mariah Carey on her ‘All I Want For Christmas’ UK tour.

Mark has been writing new songs for a new solo studio album and is wanted for some stage roles in musicals and he has made it his mission to stay busy because when he’s not working he can get “stuck in a rut” at his home in Sligo, Ireland.

Speaking exclusively to BANG Showbiz, he said: “I think my resolutions for 2018 are to keep myself very, very busy. One thing I’ve learnt over the years since Westlife finished is that it’s all well and good to have your own time and not be busy but I feel that I’m happier when I’m busy. To keep saying ‘yes’ to things and keep working very hard, because I think if I just sit at home in Ireland that’s when I kind of get stuck in a rut. I’m going to keep moving and keep going at all times.

“There are some very exciting projects in the pipeline for next year, but there are a couple of opportunities which are outside the recording side of entertainment. I’ve been getting a lot of acting offers for theatre and that’s something that’s always excited me. Myself the rest of the lads met through theatre before the Westlife thing, that’s how we all got to know each other. It’s about finding the right part or role, I wouldn’t want to just jump into ‘Grease’ in the West End I want to do something that’s a challenge to me and that I would have to really work hard at. I like the idea of something that’s going to stretch me and something that I’m going to have to work really hard at doing.”

Mark, 37, is certain he will make a new album for 2018 but he’ll be doing it more for his own personal satisfaction rather than to sell lots of copies.

The ‘Flying Without Wings’ hitmaker is adamant chart success isn’t important to him now because he and the rest of Westlife – Shane Filan, Nicky Byrne and Kian Egan – were lucky enough to have 14 UK number ones before they disbanded in 2012.

Mark said: “To me success isn’t about chart positions, I’m not going to judge my albums on chart positions or sales figures like we did in Westlife. I’ve left that behind with Westlife, it’s not that I don’t want to sell s**t loads of records but it doesn’t make my record a failure. That’s important for me. Selling a million records doesn’t always fulfil you. I want artistic fulfilment and personal fulfillment.”

Mark’s new album ‘Christmas’ is out now.

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Dec 22, 2017
Nat & Villy

Mark on The Michael Ball Show Today

Mark will perform a couple of songs this minting on The Michael Ball Show on BBC Radio 2 in around 30minutes (11.30AM). TUNE in everybody! 😁👏

LISTEN ONLINE HERE

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Dec 17, 2017
Nat & Villy

You’re Welcome Magazine Interview

Such a great interview of Marky with You’re Welcome Magazine. Click here (page 25) to read it or enlarge the image below. 😃

Credit/Source: You’re Welcome Magazine / guyslikeu.com for the link to the magazine issue

Dec 15, 2017
Nat & Villy

Coming home for Christmas

Mark Feehily on readjusting to life after Westlife

As Westlife ended, Mark Feehily also split up with his long-term boyfriend. He admits it took time to readjust, but is very much back on track, with a new album, solo gigs and a support slot for Mariah Carey, writes Esther McCarthy.

FIVE years ago, Mark Feehily stood alone in his Sligo home, looked around him, and reflected on what he would do with the rest of his life.

Westlife, the band he had grown up in, who had sold a massive 50m records worldwide and had 14 UK number one singles, were calling it quits. At the same time, his long-term relationship was coming to an end, and Feehily was understandably feeling vulnerable.

“I was in a relationship for seven years and that ended at the same time, pretty much, that the band ended,” he recalls. “You have two big pillars that are all of a sudden gone, and you’re kind of left… this sounds kind of bleak, but after Westlife finished and my relationship finished, I came back to my house in Sligo. I was literally in this lovely big house that I was lucky enough to be able to buy, and I was like: ‘OK what am I going to do now?’ It was a very real moment. No Westlife or success or money could remedy what I needed to fix.”

It’s an honest observation from the man who was once co-lead singer in the world’s biggest band. But Feehily now finds himself in a much better place. He’s found love again, and is forging a solo career on his own terms. Following his well-received debut album, Fire, he’s returning with a festive album simply called Christmas, and in doing so is realising a long-held ambition.

“I’ve always wanted to do a Christmas album, it’s something I was never quite able to convince the label at Westlife to do. A couple of years ago before I actually released my first album I did a version of ‘Oh Holy Night’ with a producer in London, and we were just going to put it out, but something in my gut said ‘it’s not the right time to do it’.”

The song choices reflect Feehily’s own love of music and some of his favourite artists. “There’s a song called ‘Merry Christmas Baby’ which I’ve taken from the Otis Redding version. I’ve got ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’ on it. But I’ve done it in a style which I’ve always felt is the true style to me, which has a very soul/jazz tinge to it. It’s a big sound, it’s got a big brass section.

“Then there’s a Donny Hathaway song called ‘This Christmas’ — they’re not the most obvious choices, but I think people will also know them. The song that’s closest to me is a song called ‘River’, which is a Joni Mitchell song, a beautiful piano ballad. Some songs I hear and I think: ‘I have to sing that song’. Joni Mitchell’s one of the best ever singer/songwriters as far as I’m concerned.”

As well as playing his own shows, on December 10 and 11 Mark will take on some of the biggest gigs of his career, supporting Mariah Carey at her Christmas UK concerts.

“It’s a highly anticipated gig. She puts on a pretty extravagant show production wise. She really is the queen of Christmas in the pop world. I am very lucky to be involved in that show. When I was growing up in Sligo I was a fan of hers when she brought the Christmas album out. I went into overdrive, because mum and dad were playing Christmas songs, but I then had great Christmas songs but sung by an artist I was very into at the time, and still am.”

After several years working with a band as successful as Westlife, Mark is happy to be taking life at a less frenetic pace. “You’d miss a friend’s wedding or a 21st birthday. It’s nice now to have a balance of work life and personal life. When you’re in the middle of a big machine like Westlife it’s not really balanced; it’s just 100% all the time. It was all really good, but I must say I’m appreciating massively the change in balance.

“I’ve enjoyed being in Sligo a lot, and I have a god-daughter now who’s five, in big school as she says, Millie. She’s my brother’s kid. And now I have a second god-daughter as well. I’ve always loved kids. Just being around my family, being able to bring them to school, you don’t think about it, but you actually miss all that.”

Feehily and his band-mates got used to the level of fame and attention that comes with such success, but he can still recall the sense of fear he felt at the prospect of coming out as gay during the height of Westlife’s success.

“Let’s say for someone who isn’t in that position, it’s as hard as it gets really, to come to terms with your sexuality. For a person struggling with that, it’s very difficult. It’s not like it can get any harder, but it’s another dimension added. All that people worry about, and I was one of them, worry about your family and friends, that somehow they’d disapprove, or be disappointed. But if you add millions of fans around the world to that equation…

“Obviously I had my own journey through it and came out the other end. It’s very easy in hindsight to look back and say you should have done it earlier. That doesn’t exist in that person’s mind at the time. That’s something that’s very dear to my heart, because occasionally someone will come up to me, it could be in a club, and say: ‘I’m gay but I can’t tell my parents’, or: ‘Me and my friends are all sporty, I could never tell anyone’.

“It’s something that really connects with me. I’ll always have that part of me inside that’s very aware, that remembers exactly what it feels like to be in that situation. It’s a very complex thing, and it’s funny, because a lot of people then, including myself, that have come out, think: ‘What the hell was I worried about?’ But that’s not how you feel at the time. That journey was very difficult for me but I wouldn’t claim my journey was any more difficult than anyone else’s. Everyone has their own hurdles in that situation.”

You get the sense that Feehily is very content with life post-Westlife, both in his music career and his personal life, where he is again in a steady relationship. “I’m four years into a relationship, very happy and settled, things have turned out really well. I feel happy that I’m in a good place, and I have a load of plans.”

▪️Christmas is now on release. Mark Feehily will perform at Dublin’s Sugar Club on December 19.

Credit/Source: irishexaminer.com

Dec 13, 2017
Nat & Villy