N’aw, check out this lovely video of Marky meeting fans Odilon and Sarah during a Christmas Unplugged Tour meet & greet! 😃🎄❤️
The day every kid (and every child-at-heart 😜) is waiting for all year long IS HERE and we want to wish you all, as well as our one and only Markus Feehily, a Merry Christmas!!! 😊🎄🎅 Have a very beautiful one, full of positive energy, lovely people around you and Mark’s album ‘Christmas‘ playing! 😉🎵✨❤️
x Nat & Villy x
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! 😜💖👨🍳👨🍳💖
Have a wonderful one, surrounded by people you love! ✨🎅🎵
Mark Feehily’s album ‘Christmas‘ is on repeat: http://smarturl.it/MarkFeehilyChristmas 👌😉🎁
x Nat & Villy x
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.
The Belfast Empire page on Facebook shared some shots of Markus Feehily performing live at the venue last Monday, during his Christmas Unplugged Tour. 😃🎶
We spent the morning enjoying the following videos from Mark’s appearance at The Sugar Club in Dublin last Tuesday – so much talent, that voice is just so beautiful… Thank you all for the videos guys! ❤️🎤👦🏻
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.”
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.