MARK Feehily has opened up about his new album Christmas – admitting he is in a much better place in his life compared to a coupe of years ago.
By Jack Hardwick, Exclusive
Chatting to Daily Star Online, Mark said: “There was a huge love for Westlife and when you come out of a pop machine like that then of course any solo music you do will be compared to it… but musically it isn’t the same.
“Christmas is my second solo album and I’ve really enjoyed the solo experience to be honest.
“As a 37-year-old man it is nice to be in control of my life, my schedule.
“It is nice to make my own decisions musically.
“I just want to do what I am enjoying now.”
After forming in 1998, Westlife went on to become one of the most successful groups of all time.
However, in 2012 they called it a day following a farewell tour.
Reflecting on coping with the split, Mark continued: “My first album was made in a different time in my life.
“It was a slightly darker time. Westlife was coming to an end, as did a long term relationship.
“I used those experiences and wrote about being single and the trials and tribulations of dating and its ups and downs.”
He added: “I don’t regret it, but yeah, it was definitely darker. The new album is another side to me.
“It is bright and lighter – generally happy and upbeat.”
On Monday, Mark will support pop superstar Mariah Carey on her festive UK tour.
Taking a break from her Las Vegas residency, the iconic diva will belt out her hits, as well as her legendary Christmas classic, All I Want for Christmas Is You.
Praising Mariah, Mark said: “There is a big backstory with Mariah and Westlife as we worked with her before.
“In past shows I did with her when I was in Westlife, Mariah has always sent someone down to see us.
“She would be like ‘I wanna see the boys.’
Mark Feehily’s Christmas album is out now