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".

Songs by Westlife and Robbie Williams used most at funerals

London Newsdesk

A new poll has showed that the music of ‘Candy’ hitmaker Robbie Williams and songs by the well-loved boyband Westlife are chosen more often than others to be incorporated into funeral services.

Co-operative Funeralcare unveiled a new list of the Top 20 most popular songs used at funerals and Irish heartthrobs Westlife featured twice – at No.6 and No.19 with ‘You Raise Me Up‘ and ‘Flying Without Wings‘ respectively – and Take That superstar Robbie Williams came in at 5 with ‘Angels’.

Unsurprisingly, Frank Sinatra’s ‘My Way’ topped the poll at No.1 for a seventh consecutive year with an impressive 15% of the vote, Celine Dion’s ‘Titanic’ soundtrack hit ‘My Heart Will Go On’ came in at No.9, and the late Whitney Houston features on the list at 12 with ‘I Will Always Love You’.

The full Top 20, which includes less hymns than in previous years, can be seen below:

1. Frank Sinatra – ‘My Way’
2. Sarah Brightman/Andrea Bocelli – ‘Time To Say Goodbye’
3. Bette Midler – ‘Wind Beneath My Wings’
4. Eva Cassidy – ‘Over the Rainbow’
5. Robbie Williams – ‘Angels’
6. Westlife – ‘You Raise Me Up’
7. Gerry & the Pacemakers – ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’
8. Vera Lynn – ‘We’ll Meet Again’
9. Celine Dion – ‘My Heart Will Go On’
10. Nat King Cole – ‘Unforgettable’
11. Tina Turner – ‘The Best’
12. Whitney Houston/Dolly Parton – ‘I Will Always Love You’
13. Monty Python – ‘Always Look on the Bright Side of Life’
14. Luther Vandross – ‘Dance With My Father’
15. Louis Armstrong – ‘Wonderful World’
16. Daniel O’Donnell – ‘Danny Boy’
17. Eva Cassidy – ‘Fields of Gold’
18. Righteous Brothers (and various) – ‘Unchained Melody’
19. Westlife – ‘Flying Without Wings’
20. Eva Cassidy – ‘Songbird’

Credit/Source: www.pressparty.com

Oct 17, 2012
Villy

Picture – Mark At On/Off CoolBrands Party

Do you remember the picture we added in September of Mark and his friend Daniel Lismore at On/Off CoolBrands Party in London? There was one more but its size was very small. Now you can enjoy the bigger sized version thanks to our always lovely Alfee who kindly got it for us. Thanks hun. *hugs*

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

Credit/Source: Rex Pictures / Alfee

Oct 16, 2012
Nat

Mark Feehily: “I know how devasting bullying can be”

We have added an article, made public early this year, where Mark talks about the terrible situation that bullying is and that affects so many people, including kids, around the world. Sadly, bullies take no rest so we are not gonna rest either. Remember you can help or get information visiting ISPCC’s Anti-bullying Campaing. This situation happens all over the world so don’t forget to keep your eyes open on your schools, work places, neighborhoods, towns… All help is needed to say NO to bullying.

By Dan Buckley

He may be one of the most successful pop stars of the past decade, but in school, Mark Feehily was bullied.

So much so that, despite his rise to fame and fortune, the scars remain, he admitted yesterday as he launched the ISPCC’s Anti-Bullying Awareness Week.

“Having experienced bullying at first hand, I know how devastating it can be and how much it can affect not only your childhood but your adulthood, too.

“I am still dealing with issues that occurred years ago on a school corridor in Sligo.”

Westlife star Mark was joined at the launch by The Voice contestant Kiera Byrne, who also experienced bullying which she said “has left me completely scarred”. Like Mark, she found solace in music.

The week-long national campaign will emphasise that bullying should not be seen or tolerated as “a rite of passage” or a “normal” part of childhood.

“Bullying is a critical issue, the impact of which can be detrimental to a young person’s life and wellbeing,” said the ISPCC yesterday.

“It can negatively affect self-esteem and feelings of self-worth, increase social isolation, lead a child to become withdrawn and depressed, anxious and insecure. In desperation, some young people even consider suicide.”

In recent years there have been some high-profile and tragic cases, among them the death of Irish schoolgirl Phoebe Prince who hanged herself in Jan 2010 after being bullied at a school in the United States.

Her death led to the prosecution of some of the bullies involved and the introduction of anti-bullying legislation in the state of Massachusetts.

To mark anti-bullying week, the ISPCC is urging people to join the fight against bullying and child abuse by wearing the ISPCC Shield, a badge of support for those affected.

A number of celebrities, including Olly Murs, Cher Lloyd, Colin Farrell, Westlife, Brian O’Driscoll, Jamie Heaslip, Jedward, Louis Walsh, Keith Barry, and Saoirse Ronan, along with Mark, are supporting the campaign.

The campaign will highlight the different types of bullying, the devastating impact it can have on children and young people, and provide information and support on how to deal with the issue.

ISPCC chief executive Ashley Balbirnie said: “Through the ISPCC’s Anti-Bullying Week we want all children in Ireland to know that bullying is not acceptable, and that we as a society are willing to fight for children.”

* The ISPCC has a dedicated bullying support line — 1800 666677 — available 24 hours a day for the full week of the campaign.

A micro-site has also been set up with downloadable resources offering tips and advice for young people, parents, teachers and schools.

The site can be accessed at www.ispcc.ie.

Credit/Source: irishexaminer.com

Oct 15, 2012
Nat

Mark mentioned in Nicky Byrne interview

Nicky Byrne gave an interview to Daily Mail‘s Eoin Murphy talking about his participation on Strictly Come Dancing and Mark was mentioned by the journalist. You can read the full interview here.

He [Nicky] has had plenty of support from home. It was his 34th birthday this week and all of Westlife wished him luck. Shane Filan will take his family to the studio next weekend to offer moral support. Kian and Mark are holding out in case Nicky makes it to the final. But the cornerstone for the former professional footballer is, as always, his family. Georgina is always at his side, scrutinising videos of the day’s rehearsals at home and cheering him on at weekends. It was she who convinced him to take part.

Credit/Source: dailymail.co.uk

Oct 14, 2012
Villy

Older pictures from “What Makes A Man” & “Unbreakable” video shoots

We go back in time once again, more specifically back to 2000 and 2002 when Mark was filming the music videos for “What Makes A Man” and “Unbreakable” with his Westlife bandmates. We added some beautiful pictures from the Making Of the videos. Enjoy! ;)

MAKING OF ‘WHAT MAKES A MAN’ [2000]

MAKING OF ‘UNBREAKABLE’ [2002]

Credit/Source: Thanks Alfee

Oct 14, 2012
Villy

Interview – Mark’s still a Sligo boy at heart (2008)

Back in August 2008, Sligo Weekender interviewed Mark and included, in their publication, an old pic of him and his mates from IOYOU, the band Mark, along with Shane and Kian, was in before Westlife.

Mark’s still a Sligo boy at heart


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Mark Feehily’s blend of dark mystirious looks and rich soulful voice have made him an integral part of the success story that is Westlife.

As part of a series of features marking the 10th anniversary of the band, SHARON CONWAY chatted to the down-to-earth singer about his early days auditioning for plays at the Hawk’s Well, the harsh reality of the music business, and what he plans to do with his well earned year off.

MARK FEEHILY is, without doubt, one of the most natural and down-to-earth people I have ever encountered through music.

With his meteoric rise to fame through Westlife you could be forgiven for thinking that at least some of that success could go to a young man’s head. But not so with Mark.

You can tell within minutes of meeting him that this is a guy who has been brought up well. And for anyone who has ever had the pleasure of meeting his parents – Oliver and Marie – you will know why.

It’s easy to see where he inherited his modesty, good nature and worldly realism.

I cought up with Mark when he was in Sligo recently and we chatted about the decade he has spent in one of the world’s biggest pop acts. Throughout those ten years as Westlife, they have achieved so much and are an amazing success story.

“I never expected that we would go on to have the success that we have had,” he said. “When I was a young fellow, the ultimate buzz for me was being in the musicals at the Hawk’s Well. In fact I remember scaling the ‘Bits & Pieces’ section of the Sligo Weekender for auditions for the local musicals. Getting into the plays in the Hawk’s Well was as big a thrill as being on any other stage in the world!” said a reflective Mark.

“That stage was the only stage in my world back then. Though there was a time in my life where I didn’t think I was good enough to be picked for any play, musical or band,” he said. “I suffered periods of self doubt and lack of confidence just like anyone else does.”

But it just goes to show you that if you perserve at something and you are passionate big things can happen.

“I mean, I never thought I would have a ten-year music career at this level. I thought I’m just a boy from Calry, who’s going to want to listen to me?”

Well… as it turns out there are a couple of million people who want to listen to the sultry smooth and soulful tone of Mark Feehily’s voice. His distinctive singing style lends depth and panache to the Westlife sound, marking the band out of your average boy band trying to crack it in the music business.

“I have never for one minute taken the success we have for granted or or been blase about it, particularly at the start when we were new to the industry. When we started achieving things and having number one singles and albums, we never got carried away with the success.

“Each and every step of the jurney has been amazing. It just goes to show that you can come from anywhere in the world and have success.”

Mark has some advice for young people wanting to make a career out of music.

“It’s not everyone who is cut out for this business. In fact it took me a long time to get used to being in the industry and the whole marketing aspect that goes with being in a boy band. There is a huge emphasis on image which is unfortunate. How you look is nearly as important as how you sound.

“The music business is a business after all and you shouldn’t expect miracles. Record companies will always want to change the way you look and the songs you sing. People are so fickle in this industry, one record company head might say that you are while another record company man might thing you are the next big thing and sign you on the spot and make you a huge international star. You just can’t predict how things will go and you can’t be too sensitive because sometimes your feelings will get hurt.

“It’s a weird business but if you can take a step outside of it and look at it objectively then you see it for what it is. After all it’s a very lucrative business to be in and the record companies look at you like you are a product – just like a jacket on a rail in a shop, or a car in a showroom. You are a product that could potentially make the record company a lot of money.”

The entertainment industry is cut-throat at the best of times but Mark maintains it’s even tougher on girls.

“It’s very different for girls. At least guys can get away with a little stubble but with girls there is so much more involved in terms of hair, makeup, cloths. There is so much competition from other girls and it’s definitely a lot harder for girls to make it in the music business. Girls need to be even tougher than men.

“The size zero trend, which started in LA, is really bad in the UK at the moment. It’s really worrying to think that so many young girls feel they have to be bone thin to be attractive. It’s nice to see that Irish men still appreciate a normal looking woman with curves. They don’t like that skiny look on women.”

Another downside of the industry is that you will always be compared with other artists he says. “You will always be called the next Britney Spears, or the next J-Lo etc, and I don’t think it will change.

“The business will always be full of people who are rude. You have to be very strong and if you are the kind of person who can’t take a few knocks then you can forget about it.

“I was naive at the begining of the Westlife years. We were literally thrown in the deep end and it was a case of sink or swim. I have learned to toughen up and not be too sensitive. It’s like any other business where people are trying to succeed.”

When he’s not involved in the demanding throes of the music world, Mark loves nothing better than spending time at home.

“I am extremely proud to be from Sligo. I live in London most of the year and it can be a very fast and impersonal place to be.

“There is so much emphasis on image and materialism that personality gets lost. Here, people have a much more relaxed view of life and I feel very much at home. There is no bitchiness about appearance. In fact I would go so far as to say that I feel very protected by the local Sligo people.”

I asked Mark whether people are constantly harassing him wherever he goes.

“It’s funny, but people don’t hassle you when you are in Sligo. There is a mutual appreciation thing going on. People give you your space. That’s because people are very proud of you and what you have achieved as a band.

“Well, I am just as proud to be from Sligo,” he said. “The last thing I would want is to be put on a pedestal in my own home town. I just want to be perceived as normal here.”

Whether or not Mark Feehily will ever be perceived as just a normal person is doubtful. He is loved and adored by millions of women (and a lot of men too, I’m sure) worldwide.

“You do get the students who are from out of town coming up to you saying, ‘Oh my God it’s Mark from Westlife!’ but the local people don’t bother you. I think they like for us to feel that we can come home and just chill-out and relax in Sligo.

“Ten years on and I still get people passing by on the street saying, ‘How are ya Mark?’ It’s like people here want you to feel that you can walk around town as normal. They sense it.”

And when he does get to spend that valuable time at home he likes to pick up a certain local newspaper to get reacquainted with current affairs in Sligo.

“I love reading the Weekender whenever I can, especially because we are away so much and have to rely on our friends and families to tell us what’s going on in Sligo.

“It’s nice to pick up the local paper and see who you know in it.”

Looking to the future, I ask Mark if he has plans for a solo venture.

And the answer is unequivocal. “I have absolutely no aspirations to make solo singles or videos but I will always sing. As it is I sing from the minute I get up until I go to sleep at night. I don’t just stop because Westlife are on a break. Singing is part of me! It’s more about waiting until we go back into being Westlife.”

And before he gets back into the ‘swing’ of being part of one of the most successful pop acts of all time, he intends to enjoy a well-deserved break (the band announced a few months back they were taking the best part of a year off) doing a bit of everything.

“I would really love to do some travelling. There are so many places I want to see. I’m the kind of person who loves to immerse myself in anything that’s creative. Be that painting, writing songs, or even just going to the theatre.

“What we have done as Westlife has been massively positive, but there comes a point when you have to do your own thing, even just for a short while. I am hoping that this will be a fruitful year for me personally and I am really looking forward to it.”

Credit/Source: Sligo Weekender / Linda for the scan

Oct 13, 2012
Nat

Mark is working on his solo album!!!

Waaaaaahhhhh!!! OMG this day couldn’t have ended with better news… Mark has just confirmed on Twitter he’s working on his solo album!!! YAY!!! SO SO SO SO excited! We have no more words to express how happy this makes us. His amazing talent, fantastic songwriting skills and that voice that melts your heart are the best tools to make a fantastic album and we can’t wait for the day we can hold a copy in our hands :D and not forgetting to hear THAT voice live again! :’D

From here we want to send Mark all our positive energy. Show your talent, babe!!!! You’re the best!!! And us fans will be there for you all the way. :D

Love you to bits!!! Always here for you!!
Villy & Nat

Credit/Source: twitter.com/MarkusFeehily

Oct 12, 2012
Nat & Villy

Video – Westlife’s “What About Now” played on XFactor USA

YAY! Once again a Westlife song has been played in the background of XFactor US last night! This time it was the turn of “What About Now” when some of the contestants were going through to the Judges’ Houses.

The song starts with the video and with Shane in the background, but it’s around 1:30 minutes in when you can hear Mark’s vocals :’D Check out the video below that starts on Mark’s bit, just play it from the start to hear the full song and Shane.

WESTLIFE’S “WHAT ABOUT NOW” PLAYED IN THE BACKGROUND ON XFACTOR US
(Mark’s vocals about 1:30 minutes in)

Apparently, an instrumental version of “What Makes A Man” was played too after one of the group’s performance :D Go XFactor US playing the lads so much :D

Credit/Source: XFactor US / Robin for keeping us up to date every week from the US.

Oct 11, 2012
Nat

‘Beautiful World’ 40 consecutive weeks in the Philippines Chart


click the image to see the full chart list

“Beautiful World” is breaking records in the current TOP40 of the Philippines Chart staying there for 40 consecutive weeks! YAY! :D The song is #35 this week but out of all the songs currently charting, the choon co-written by our lad is the one that has been there for longer and one of the great thing is that this chart is created based on the listeners’ votes. You can say that even though it wasn’t officially released as a single everyone LOVES it.

Massive congratulations to our super talented Mark Feehily and also John Shanks and Ruth-Anne Cunningham for creating this amazing song that always manages to put us in a good mood. Keep creating, Marky! That inside yourself is called TALENT.

Now, guys, it’s time to get our voting fingers on fire and try to keep “Beautiful World” in the chart and even in a higher position if possible. We can do it! “Beautiful World” deserves it SO much.

VOTE FOR “BEAUTIFUL WORLD” IN THE PHILIPPINES TOP 40
You can vote worldwide and once per hour

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

Oct 10, 2012
Nat

New pictures – Mark at Brooklyn Zoo (Dublin)

Now, just how gorgeous is he…!! :D Mark was at Brooklyn Zoo in Dublin on Saturday, 6th of October, and the following stubble-hotness pictures were uploaded to the Brooklyn Zoo Facebook page, WHOOP. So lovely to see our lad! *little dance* <3

MARK AT BROOKLYN ZOO, DUBLIN [06.OCTOBER.2012]

Credit/Source: Brooklyn Zoo / Mojo Photography Ireland

Oct 9, 2012
Villy