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.

West wishes

BOYBAND Westlife have signed a get-well card and sent a bag of presents to the stabbed fan saved from fatal injuries by one of their programmes.

The 15-year-old girl used the 36-page glossy souvenir to block some of the blows when junkie Stephen Williams attacked her in Norwich.

The fan, who cannot be named, was returning from a Westlife concert at London’s O2.

Williams, 33, has been sentenced to seven years’ jail.

Credit/Source: thesun.co.uk

Sep 23, 2012
Villy

Popjustice interviews Mark Feehily

Don’t you love reading old interviews with our boy, as well as the new ones? We know we do, and searching on the chest of memories we’ve found Mark being interviewed by Popjustice back in 2009, talking about Westlife’s album Where We Are and other things.

Thanks to Mark for posting the link in his twitter back then!

Westlife’s Mark Feehily on comebacks, covers and cries for help…

Hello, Mark. This must be the end of a day of various interviews.
Yeah, we’ve just been doing group interviews where everyone butts in front of everyone and all that kind of stuff, so it’s nice to have a quiet room by myself now. Everyone’s off doing solo interviews and I got stuck with Popjustice… Oh, I mean Popjustice got stuck with me. (Awkward laugh)

It must be quite exciting to come back with a new album to talk about in interviews but there must also be a point, probably about two interviews into your first major day of press, when you think, ‘fucking hell, have I got to do this all over again?’
Um… Yeah. To be honest, I think I’ve got something exciting to talk about now, and that in the past hasn’t always been the case. Before that you knew it all already before you even got to the interview, but now it’s kind of, well, it really is a fresh sort of start for us. I mean I’m excited in these interviews more than I would have been because I’ve just got more to talk about.

That’s a very Noel Gallagher-esque approach to the ‘new album’ interview: “the last album was shit, the new one’s amazing though”.
Hahaha, yeah. Our new album is genuinely a move in a certain direction. I mean, it’s definitely not the predictable same old thing, covers or whatever. You know, I’m talking to Popjustice, I might as well be real. You know I’m not here to kind of fluff the edges or whatever, you know.

Obviously the first single is a cover, which you’ve had a bit of flack for…
You know, it is a cover and… Would we have preferred a brand new original song to be our first single that Simon [Cowell] loved and thought he could launch an album off? Yes. Um… That wasn’t exactly the case you know. We love this single, we genuinely do, and if you heard some of the suggestions that were put to us before this, well, you’d kind of understand why we’ve done this and why this is kind of a relief. There were many songs which I would be even scared to mention, you know, that were suggested to us which we turned down. There were many cover versions and many original songs that were either terrible or we would’ve been sort of trying to do a cover version of one of the best songs of all time that you’d just never touch.

What was the worst cover idea that was put to you?
There was loads of stuff through the years, like ‘You Are Not Alone’ by Michael Jackson…

And now of course that’s the X Factor finalists’ single.
Yeah, so Simon’s basically convinced somebody to do it, and it wasn’t us! Put it this way: there’s been times over the years where they’ve suggested stuff and we literally have gone ‘right, okay, don’t even go there…’ But then there’s other times when we have to find a reason. With Simon we don’t want to just go ‘no’ or whatever, we try and give him a reason, and sometimes it is a bit harder to give a reason why not to do it. And sometimes there’s a song where there is no reason not to cover them, you know.

Of course in the time you’ve been around, cover versions have become very cool. Jo Whiley built a very credible radio feature around cover versions and now you can’t move for people covering each others’ tunes, usually quite badly. Westlife set the trend Mark.
(Laughs) I think it’s just become the thing to talk about with Westlife, you know, ‘cover, whatever, blah blah blah’. I think, hopefully, if anyone actually genuinely wants to have an opinion, they’ll just give us the benefit and listen to our album before they make their minds up on it. So people can just listen to it and then after that, then if they wanna say “oh boring old predictable Westlife,” fine, but I’d just ask them to listen to the album first, because we’re just starting fresh.

If you had infinite time, a different record label and a different sort of ‘machine’ around you , what would be the album that you’d ideally make? If you didn’t have a fanbase to please, what would you want to do?
Well right now, honestly, we’ve gone through the full circle of what we feel. Sometimes we’ve felt more rebellious and gone, you know, ‘fuck you, label, we’re not doing that, we’ll do whatever we want’. I think we’ve realised after ten or eleven years that the most important thing is that everybody in the equation is on the same page, because if that doesn’t happen, then one of the kind of triangle of ourselves, management and the label loses interest, and without three people behind it, it never kind of reaches its full potential, so this time around, it’s the first time ever apart from probably our first album that everybody has felt the exact same about the album. Simon texted me when I was driving my car through Central London, and of course I pulled over to read the text because I’m very safety conscious and all that. But I literally nearly died, because Simon texted me and said ‘oh my god, guys, I have to tell you – hats off, your album is amazing. Your instincts were right, you’ve followed your instincts and you’ve really come out on top and this is the best album that we’ve ever made together’. And I practically shed a tear I was so happy, because I already knew I was happy with it and the rest of the boys were, and Louis was – but to find out that Simon was happy with it was like the final piece of the jigsaw. And it meant that, you know what, if this album flops then we’ve given it our best shot and everyone’s been fully behind it, so we can’t use the excuse of ‘the label weren’t really behind it fully’ or whatever.

What’s on the album then?
There’s a song that I’m really proud of myself which I wrote with Shaznay Lewis and Chris Braide called ‘Reach Out’ that I’m very, very proud of because I’ve always strived to write but I’ve always been a bit scared because it can be quite frowned upon sometimes, especially in the past for us to even mention the word ‘write’. I kind of went off and did it in my own time and then once I had a good demo, I brought it to the label and they liked it… I did it that way instead of going in and meeting them and saying ‘do you mind if I write and could you put me in with someone?’.

What’s the song about?
Um…well it’s kind of… I wrote it about something personal actually and I don’t really want to say what it is. But it’s just that kind of thing when someone’s in trouble and they’re not really saying anything about it. It’s quite a straightforward sentiment really. There’s also a song called ‘Shadows’ that we’ve done with Ryan Tedder that was written by him and AJ from the Backstreet Boys which is quite R&B vocally…

Does the chorus go “shadows, shadows, shadows” in a Ryan Tedder-esque kind of way.
I’m actually trying to think what the chorus is like for a second. (Incomprehensible humming) Actually it’s only got ‘shadows’ once, it’s not like ‘Halo’ or anything like that. We have another song called ‘Where We Are’ that we’ve done with Ryan that is a bit more like that ‘Halo’ kind of beat and everything.

You said at the start of this interview that you’re more into this album than you’ve been with past albums.
Absolutely. Basically the kind of final piece of the jigsaw is when you’re on the stage, and it’s the whole thing about believing in what you’re singing – I don’t mean like you’ve written the lyrics and it’s about a personal experience, but I mean believing that it’s good and standing there being proud of it, like performing ‘What About Us’ on The X Factor in front of 15 million people I was proud of that song. I was able to sing properly because I was proud and happy with it.

When were you last proud of an album? Let’s not forget your masterpiece, the rat pack covers album ‘Allow Us To Be Frank’.
Let’s forget that actually. (Laughs) That was a weird time in our career, really. I’m not making excuses for it, but Brian had just left. We kind of didn’t know what to do… Even when Brian was still in the band, people didn’t know what to do with us! But Brian had just left, everyone was a bit like ‘well this can’t be some kind of mediocre pop album’, and you know Robbie [Williams] had just gone out with his and when we heard the idea first, we were just like ‘well Robbie’s just done this, why don’t we just come up with our own little twist instead of doing something like that?’ We eventually bought into it and I have to say as a singer I enjoyed the experience of recording the album, but obviously you have to promote for six months and then you tour and stuff, so by the end of the tour we were ready to put that one behind us.

Alright, so that one was shit. ‘Back Home’, was that quite a good one? I’ve lost track.
I think ‘Back Home’ was kind of the beginning of this new album in a way. We’d been quite wary because Simon was starting to have huge success in America and we didn’t want Simon to turn around and go ‘they’re crazy, I don’t really know what they’re doing, they’re all mad in the head. They’re trying to be something they’re not.’ So it was a case of gradually, slowly but surely… It was the first time in a while that we’d done something that wasn’t predictable.

And how do you move forward from this, because even if this has given you a bit of renewed energy and excitement and you enjoy promoting it, you must be a bit bored of this now. But it is too late to do anything else? Are you stuck in Westlife forever?
Well I’ll always be a member of Westlife. Something that I learned in the time off was that I really do love Westlife and I need it in my life to be happy because it’s very much part of who I am and ten years later, it’s like… You know, as you said, you’re so far into it that it’s always going to be a part of me. And I am very proud of it. But part of the motivation to make the best pop album ever was: if we’re going to do this, if we’re going to do even one more album, let’s do it right, let’s not just wheel them out every year. We’re moving forwards, hopefully the next album will be even better, do you know what I mean? It’s just step by step, you can’t get there straight away, you have to take things one step at a time. I don’t believe in black and white like you have to be solo or you have to be in the band. On the year off, I’d done a lot of writing… I’d done a song with a guy called Steve Anderson who works with Kylie a lot – I’m quite good friends with him because he MD’d our live tour a few times and stuff like that. I did a song with him literally for the laugh, we said ‘let’s try it for the laugh,’ it’s called ‘Talk Me Down’ and I just put a vocal on it – and it ended up on the album. My point is… Well actually, I can’t remember what my point was now. (Laughs)

What’s the worst song on the new album?
The worst song? Um… I’m just trying to think of what I think would be the worst song… (Extended silence) It would be a lot easier for me to answer this from previous albums. Um, I think the song that would be least likely to be a single would be a song called ‘Sound Of A Broken Heart’ but that’s just because I think the other ones are just better than it. When you’re this connected to something it’s hard – you’d need a stranger to say, ‘alright, that’s shit, that’s shit, and that’s shit’…

You need to be at a distance, don’t you, sometimes, to see how shit something actually is.
Yeah, I don’t believe anything on the album is shit, but I’ve just put all my heart and soul into it. But I don’t know. Maybe that’s for someone else to decide. I’m not going to say it’s the best album of all time, I’m just saying that we’ve tried to make the best album we could, and we haven’t done a lot of covers and it’s not all predictable, so if this doesn’t make people happy then maybe we just never will.

You know what you should say to the haters? Just say to them, ‘hey, whatever.’
(Laughs) Well maybe not, Simon Cowell wouldn’t say that. He wouldn’t like us to say that. We’re supposed to say ‘Mandy’.

Let’s be fair, he did have a point – ‘Hey, Whatever’ was something of a low point.
Yeah, it was us trying to um, sort of, we didn’t know how to fight back and we just kind of went ‘bleaaaagh’. Now we’re kind of a bit more mature about things and we’ve learnt a bit more, but back then it was almost like a cry for help.

It seems Westlife have now got to a point where it’s not really worth people using their energy disliking you, in the same way that it’s not really worth your energy trying to please them. After over a decade you’re not going to suddenly become Vampire Weekend just because people complain about you doing nice ballads quite a lot, and nor do you really want to.
I know, it’s strange! Twelve years later and people still have a problem, and I’m like, well, you’re never going to like us. You know, you’re a fucking electronica fan or a house fan. You know what I mean? It’s like, you’re never going to like Westlife, you know, so…

So fuck off.
Yeah, so whatever! Stop annoying me about it, go and tell someone who gives a shit.

*Westlife.com is a website where you are able to find more information about Mark and his bandmates and their comings and goings.

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

Sep 22, 2012
Nat

Older OK! magazine scans (2007)

We uploaded the scans of one our favorite Westlife photoshoots for OK! magazine to the gallery. The issue was published in November 2007 when Mark and the lads were promoting their Back Home album. A big thank you to Lou who scanned the magazine back then. :)

OK! MAGAZINE SCANS [NOVEMBER 2007]

Credit/Source: OK! Magazine / Lou

Sep 21, 2012
Villy

Pictures – Mark at Hell’s Kitchen in Sweden (2007)

Here we are going back in time again! ;) Today we make a stop in 2007 and some pictures of Marky having a good time in Sweden with Kian Egan and Novel. :D

MARK AT HELL’S KITCHEN – SWEDEN [23.AUGUST.2007]

Credit/Source: stureplan.se

Sep 20, 2012
Villy

Picture – Mark with friends Sue Tilley & Daniel Lismore

Sue Tilley, a friend of Mark, has shared in Twitter a lovely pic of herself, Mark and Daniel Lismore last night. Looking fab all of them! :D Big thanks to Sue for sharing the pic :)


Credit/Source: Twitter.com/SueTilley1

Sep 19, 2012
Nat

“Beautiful World” back at #31 in Philippines Top40


click the image to see the full chart list

Westlife’s “Beautiful World” is back at #31 in the Philippines Top40. Not bad place knowing it’s been charting for 37 consecutive weeks now but we can get it higher! You can vote from any place in the world and as much as you want as long as you leave an hour from vote to vote. Come on! Let’s show how much we like the song so more radios, TV channels and people will hear it!

VOTE FOR “BEAUTIFUL WORLD” IN THE PHILIPPINES TOP 40

Remember you can also request “Beautiful World” on radios. Head over Request “Beautiful World” minisite for lot of radios listed by countries. :)

Sep 19, 2012
Nat

Louis: Hopefully in 10 years time Westlife will be back touring

Louis – Westlife will be back on stage again

By Melanie Finn

LOUIS Walsh has revealed he hopes to see Westlife back on the stage – despite revelations by Nicky Byrne that the foursome fought like cats and dogs.

The 33-year-old singer, who is competing in Strictly Come Dancing, said after 14 years it was right for the band to go their separate ways.

“We battered each other, obviously not physically, but we argued like hell. Probably more so in the latter years,” he said.

But Louis has revealed how he hopes fans haven’t seen the last of Nicky, Shane Filan (33), Mark Feehily (32) and Kian Egan (32).

The X Factor judge said he reckons they will take to the stage again — but in ten years time.

“I’m not looking for any band to replace Westlife because that’s just not going to happen,” he told the Herald.

“Hopefully in 10 years time they will be back touring.”

FAVOURITES

The band hung up their stools for good last June following a sell out performance at Croke Park.

Louis, who is back for his ninth year in the X Factor hot seat, is also looking to resurrect another of his favourites – namely Sharon Osbourne.

He is backing Sharon – the wife of rocker Ozzy Osbourne – in her bid to return to the X Factor, the Herald can reveal.

Louis said he wants the diva back full-time in 2013 now that she has healed her rift with Simon Cowell.

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Credit/Source: herald.ie

Sep 18, 2012
Villy

Pictures – Mark at the ITV Studios (2010)

We have added to the gallery, two “new” old pictures of our Mark at the ITV Studios back in 2010. Even though the pics are old we hadn’t seen them before so they’re kinda “new” to us =P Hope you enjoy them as much we do. Marky looks gorgeous!

Caption: Mark Feehily from Westlife at the ITV Studios. London, UK. – 19th November 2010.

MARK FEEHILY AT THE ITV STUDIOS (2010)

Credit/Source: Svhotwire.com / Alfee

Sep 17, 2012
Nat

Mark at On/Off CoolBrands Party

*Yeepeee*, so good to see our Marky again, looking absolutely gorgeous!! :D Check this beautiful picture of him and his friend, Daniel Lismore, taken on the 13th of September in London. ;)

CAPTION: Mark Feehily and Daniel Lismore at the On/Off CoolBrands Party at Scotch, London, Britain – 13 September 2012

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NOTE: Save the enlarged image to your device so you can view it in full size ;)

*EDIT* – we also found a video from the event where you can spot Mark at around 1.07 minutes in :)

Last night global independent fashion showcase On|Off and CoolBrands opened London Fashion Week with an event celebrating that On|Off will be showcased as part of the exclusive group of CoolBrands 2012/13. On|Off is the first fashion event of its kind to be given this accolade.

The intimate one off evening was hosted at the renowned Scotch Club (where Jimi Hendrix had his first gig and the Beatles, David Bowie and The Rolling Stones used to hang out). Kimberly Wyatt, Mark Feehily (Westlife), Tuuli, and Zandra Rhodes danced till late in the morning to Marc Almond’s surprise performance and a DJ set Tom Findlay of Groove Armada.

The guests also had the opportunity to be the first ones to see the issue 3 of the On|Off Tuuli & Rankin Fanzine, which includes On|Off’s first 3D editorial piece and ‘Dig The New Breed’ third edition. The 3D editorial, by photographer Roberto Aguilar, features On|Off designers including Jasper Conran, Gareth Pugh and Zandra Rhodes. Coline Bach, Kieran Partise, Neha Taneja and Nickque Patterson are the winners of ‘Dig the New Breed’, personally hand-picked by Rankin and Tuuli, having pieces of their work featured within the fanzine.

Credit/Source: dianepernet.typepad.com / onoff.tv / Thanks Tanya for letting us know about the picture :)

Sep 16, 2012
Villy

Boy George’s compliment to Mark’s singing

We are always incredibly proud of Mark and seeing artists such as Boy George complimenting him on his singing never fails to make us smile all proudly. :’)

Stranger In This World” is a song written by Boy George (for “Taboo” musical). Boy heard Mark’s version of it and sent him the following tweet earlier today:

To avoid confusion, NOTE that as far as we know Mark’s version is NOT available online to listen to.

You can listen to Boy George’s version here.

Credit/Source: twitter.com/BoyGeorge

Sep 16, 2012
Villy