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".

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Mark Feehily on being pals with Mariah Carey and why that Westlife reunion won’t happen anytime soon

BY Rachael Kane

After recently being announced as the opening act for Mariah Carey on her UK tour, former Westlife star Mark Feehily reveals that he goes back a long way with the superstar singer. In 2000, when both she and the Irish boyband were in their heyday, they recorded a duet together which saw Mark and his pop comrades Nicky Byrne, Kian Egan, Shane Filan and Brian McFadden holed up in her lavish Italian mansion in Capri for several days to record Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now). And Mark reveals that Mariah “is most definitely not a diva, that was not our experience”.

The pair remained friends, and he has since found himself sitting on the floor of her London flat, chowing down on a Chinese takeaway with the award-winning chanteuse. Then Mark got a call from his manager explaining that Mariah was bringing her All I Want For Christmas tour to Britain (she is not playing Ireland, sadly) and wanted him for the guest slot. Having remained out of the spotlight for the past two years since the release of his first solo album, Mark jumped at the opportunity to revive his singing career and has just released a brand new Christmas album, called Christmas, funnily enough.

He will perform tracks from the new CD at a one-off gig in Dublin later this month, including a moving cover of Joni Mitchell’s River, an uplifting version of Otis Redding’s Merry Christmas Baby plus Mark’s own interpretations of Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas and Mariah Carey’s Miss You Most (at Christmas Time). Former Westlife manager Louis Walsh joined Mark for the launch in Dublin. As we know, the Sligo hunk is a man of many talents from renovating cars — he hit the headlines in 2015 when he was papped selling coffees from the back of his 1950 Citroen van, which he did just for fun — to flipping country piles. And his ambitions don’t stop at that.

“I’ve a lot planned for the next couple of years. In the last six months I’ve been doing a lot of vocal training,” Mark tells buzz.ie. “There’s also been quite a few musical theatre offers, which is exciting. That’s a world I’ve always loved so I’m trying to approach it in a legitimate way rather than just being the guy from Westlife. I’d love a challenging lead role in a musical,” he admits. Mark also intends to make his debut as a TV presenter over the coming months.

“Friends in the TV world approached me to get involved in a documentary about Irish music and the influence Irish songs have had worldwide through the years,” he explains. “This goes right back to the 1600s when a huge cohort of Irish people went to the Caribbean and brought their songs and instruments with them. The programme is coming to fruition quite quickly.”

As for Louis Walsh’s recent claim that Westlife will reform, Mark laughs: “Louis has this giant wooden spoon on his back and he likes to take it off from time to time and stir things up! But I think he’s right, all of us do want to get back together, but we just have no idea when. We haven’t had any conversations about it. Everyone’s busy doing their own thing. We might love the idea but I don’t think it’s going to happen for a while.”

In the meantime Mark is more than happy to enjoy “normal” life, or as normal as it can be when you’re hanging with Mariah Carey. “It’s funny how people always expect you to live in this five-star private jet type world — real life isn’t like that and I love real life. To me the private planes and the VIP stuff is all great. But I’m a normal person and I like doing normal everyday things.”

He continues: “Sometimes I’ll be in a pub in Dublin and people are like, what the hell are you doing here you should be in some VIP section. God forbid you’d go for a pint with your mates. Even in Westlife I’d slip off by myself to some pub down the road while the rest were in a VIP section surrounded by security. I always liked to escape and I think I always will to be honest.”

Mark’s romantic life is “fantastic”, he confides. “I’ve been in a relationship now for four years. He’s Irish and he’s not in the business so he’s quite shy but he’s quite happy to let me do my thing. Life is great in that respect. I couldn’t be happier.” The pair have been living together in Sligo, having initially got together when Mark was based in London. As for taking things to the next level, he tells me: “We are both quite traditional and romantic. I think marriage and kids are what we would both love one day. It’s just a matter of when, as opposed to if. But for now we are focused more on just enjoying our relationship.”

Mark has never been as excited for Christmas as he is this year, as he looks forward to moving into his new Sligo home, which was a building site this time last year. And he can’t wait to get stuck into cooking the turkey. “When we were in Westlife we lived in hotels 90 per cent of the time. Everything was done for us. You never had to cook a meal, for example. Now I love being in the kitchen. I’m confident I’ll manage the turkey but my other half is a great chef with lots of experience so I can call on him if anything goes wrong for me,” he laughs.

In addition to a support slot for Mariah’s All I Want For Christmas tour, Mark Feehily will perform his new Christmas album at the The Sugar Club, Dublin on Tuesday December 19. Tickets €27.90 from ticketmaster.ie His new album Christmas is available now for download and in record stores.

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Dec 13, 2017
Nat & Villy

Christmas Unplugged Tour Kicks Off Tonight

YAAAS!! 😁 Such an exciting day for Markus, as well as the fans! 🙌 The Christmas Unplugged Tour kicks off tonight in Manchester and everyone who’ll attend is in for a treat! 👌😉 We are extremely happy for the release of ‘Christmas’ and the shows too and want to wish BEST LUCK to Marky, we are sure he will nail it and fans will have the time of their lives! 🤗 THAT VOICE is everything… ✨🎤👦🏻🎄🎵

Manchester concert information:

VIP doors: 18:00
Doors: 20:00
Glenn & Ronan: 20:30
Mark Feehily: 21:15
Curfew: 23:00

If you haven’t got your tickets yet, click here for all the details.

Tue, 12thManchester, Ruby Lounge
Wed, 13thGlasgow, St Lukes Church
Sun, 17thLondon, Under The Bridge
Mon, 18thBelfast, Empite Music Hall
Tue, 19thDublin, The Sugar Club

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Dec 12, 2017
Nat & Villy

“Wow Manchester You Were Great Tonight”

Markus opened Mariah Carey‘s All I Want For Christmas concert in Manchester last night and he tweeted after the show: Wow Manchester you were great tonight I loved being back in that arena performing again so many memories. Caught @MariahCarey performance after mine & she is looking and sounding phenomenal …next stop The 02 London tomorrow night 🎄🎄🎄🎅🏻🎅🏻🎅🏻 xx. 🎵😊❤️🎄

Remember that his festive album ‘Christmas’ is OUT and you can order it worldwide! 👌😉🎁

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Dec 11, 2017
Nat & Villy

Mark Feehily respects boyfriend’s wishes to avoid limelight

Former Westlife singer Mark Feehily has said he respects his boyfriend’s lack of interest in attending red carpet events with him as he is “quite a private guy” and has no interest in being in “the limelight”.

The 37-year-old explained that it is “really nice” that his partner has no interest in that side of his life, as he knows he is just interested in him, and not the publicity.

“He’s quite a private guy, he stays away from the limelight. He’s a really fun guy but he’s not in the music or entertainment scene but he doesn’t like the red carpet,” Feehily told Bang Showbiz.

“Like, I went to the EMAs the other night and he didn’t want to come because he’s happy to do his thing and let me do my thing when it comes to work. I’ve managed to get him to one or two events. But I think that’s quite important to us and it’s important to me to respect that.”

He added, “As much as it’s my decision to be on the red carpet it’s his to not bother with all that, and it is really nice because there’s a lot of people out there who would love to be on the red carpet with you to the point that you’d wonder if it was you or the red carpet they were after.”

Feehily was previously engaged to British fashion photographer Kevin McDaid, with the spair splitting in 2011, and he has said he “dreams in the future to get married.”

“I’m a traditionalist at heart and it’s always gonna be one of my dreams in the future to get married – but both of us are very laid back on that front,” he said.

“Sometimes people base everything on getting married but we’re happy as we are at the moment with the way things are going. There’s no pressure on that at the moment.”

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Dec 10, 2017
Nat & Villy

Watch ‘River’ Performance On The Ray D’Arcy Show

Markus was on The Ray D’Arcy Show on RTÉ last night, giving a breath-taking performance of ‘River‘, one of the songs that you can find on his brilliant new festive album ‘Christmas. Remember you can also enjoy the magic of it all live, as Marky will be touring in the UK and Ireland next week! 😃❤️🎶

Markus shared a lovely photo of himself from the rehearsals and RTÉ One posted a photo before his performance:

Lovely fan Giovanna also saved and shared on Twitter the following Instagram Stories! 😊

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Dec 10, 2017
Nat & Villy

Have You Got Tickets For Mark’s Christmas Unplugged Tour?

Whoop! Guys, Mark’s Christmas Unplugged Tour kicks off THIS TUESDAY so if you haven’t got a ticket yet and are able to go, make sure you will! 🎤👦🏻❤️ This lad has soul and will give his heart performing in front of the fans! 👌😊🎵

Tue, 12thManchester, Ruby Lounge
Wed, 13thGlasgow, St Lukes Church
Sun, 17thLondon, Under The Bridge
Mon, 18thBelfast, Empite Music Hall
Tue, 19thDublin, The Sugar Club

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Dec 10, 2017
Nat & Villy

Mark Feehily hopes to ‘relive the magic’ with Westlife reunion

WESTLIFE’S Mark Feehily is set to reveal his festive album on Mariah Carey’s UK tour. He tells Kirsten Jones about his comeback year.

It may be five years since Westlife split up, but Mark Feehily can still hit the high note in their smash hit Flying Without Wings.

“I used to give myself hell over that high note,” laughs Mark, 37.

“People ask me to sing it all the time and I’m like, ‘Not right now, I’m in the pub.’”

The 90s ballad won record of the year in 1999 and kick-started Westlife’s rise to fame to become one of the biggest boy bands in the world.

They sold over 50 million records, scored 14 number one singles and sang with legends such as Diana Ross, Sinéad O’Connor and Donny Osmond.

They outsold the Spice Girls, toured the world and hit Christmas number one with I Had A Dream. But even Mark admits there can only be one Queen of Christmas, and that’s Mariah Carey.

“I remember hearing her voice for the first time,” he says.

“I was just a kid, but I was blown away.”

Luckily, Mark didn’t have to wait long to hear her again. As Westlife fever spread, the boys were shipped off to Capri to record Against All Odds with the lady herself.

“We got on so well at the showbiz parties. That’s never changed,” he smiles.

“When we meet it’s not ‘two kisses and see you later’. She runs down the hallway with open arms.”

Seventeen years since their song hit number one, Mariah and Mark are back in business.

Tonight, Mariah takes her festive hits on tour to Manchester, followed by London tomorrow, and lucky Mark is warming up the crowds with hits from his brand-new Christmas album – no pressure.

“As a youngster I was a big fan of Mariah’s Christmas album. Every year it would come out of the closet… out of storage, I mean.”

A lot has changed since 1999. Mariah is still at the top of her game and now has twins in tow, while Mark tried his hand in catering and has now gone solo. He’s been hard at work on his Christmas album, singing in a very different style to his boy band days.

“I feel most at home singing in the style of jazz, blues and soul,” he admits.

“Mariah has massive gospel influences in her songs. She’s still my idol.”

Mark will sing his own versions of some big festive hits on stage before Mariah’s big moment. His favourites are Merry Christmas Baby by Otis Redding, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas and Joni Mitchell’s ballad River.

“I had recorded a couple of Christmas songs last year but something told me to hold on to them. Thankfully, I did. When I got the call to support Mariah I thought, ‘This is it. This is the year to release my Christmas records.’”

His seasonal tunes come two years after his first solo album, released in 2015.

Die-hard fans will be pleased to hear that it’s not just Christmas music on Mark’s radar. He’ll be back next year with more tunes and they won’t be too dark, either.

“Fire was a dark album. A lot of songs were about break-ups because of Westlife ending,” he says.

“I’ll never lose that melancholy though. You won’t hear me singing Is This The Way To Amarillo anytime soon.”

With Westlife rifts tucked away in the past, Mark’s been inspired by something completely different. He’s a self-confessed family man back in Sligo and is a doting uncle to his niece, who he takes to school everyday.

“The last five years have allowed me the space to find out what I care about in life. Running around the world trying to chase what Westlife achieved is not a focus for me. That’s a battle that will only ever be lost.”

So there’s no chance of a Westlife reunion in 2018? Apparently not. While five years may seem like a lifetime to the fans, it’s not quite enough for the boys.

“In some ways it feels like a while, but in other ways it doesn’t feel that long at all,” he muses.

“I think we all agree that it would be fantastic to be back together to live that magic again. We’ll look forward to it when the time is right.”

Next year marks 20 years since the boys met manager Louis Walsh.

The music mogul supports new talent on The X Factor every year so perhaps Mark could join him? Well, he wouldn’t say no.

“I’d love to meet raw, upcoming talent and guide them on their journey, but there is part of me that says, ‘Stick to the singing.’”

While many boy band members and soap stars hit the stage for panto season, we may have to wait a year or two for Mark to sign up.

“A bit of a laugh always interests me,” he says.

“I’d never frown on a role.”

Besides, he has panto memories of his own.

“In my teens I was part of a boy band called Pantozone,” he laughs.

“I got pulled in at the last minute as no one else could sing.”

As Christmas creeps closer, Mark is looking forward to switching off from work and settling down with family and friends.

“I’ve spent many years whipping back and forth for Christmas. This year is about being at home,” he says.

“With Westlife I worked myself into a mess at the start of every year. Now I’m solo I want to enjoy the holidays and get that fire burning in 2018.”

Mark Feehily’s new album Christmas is out now.

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Dec 10, 2017
Nat & Villy

‘I feel I’ve come out the other end of a dark journey’

Mark Feehily on finding love and musical success

Caitlin McBride

Mark Feehily is having a moment.

He enjoyed international fame and fortune for 14 years with Westlife, playing sold-out stadium gigs around the world; but these days, he prefers to focus on the joys of domesticity, enjoying all the little things in his day-to-day life in Sligo and he’s been reunited with his first love – music.

It’s been two years since his debut solo album Fire was released which he says reflects a “darker period” in his life, but now he’s back with something more jovial, in fact, as joyful as it gets –a Christmas album, indicative of him finding light (and love) at the end of the tunnel.

While recording his first album, he was dealing with the end of his relationship with ex-fiancé Kevin McDaid and adjusting to life without Westlife, which was apparent in his music. Now, he’s in a relationship, spending time with his family and back home in Ireland.
“I made that album between three and three and a half years ago, over the course of 18 months. Westlife had just finished, my last relationship ended and it was a darker time; especially now in hindsight, it was a more difficult time for me and I navigated it as best I could,” he tells Independent.ie Style.

“Making the album at that point in my life genuinely reflected it – the songs on my first solo album were breakup songs and about the trials and tribulations of single life, meeting people and the search for the right person. It was slightly darker, but not mega dark. Now I feel I’ve come out the other end of that journey, I’m living back in Ireland for the last two and a half years and I’ve been in a relationship for the last four years.”
He’s iving in his native Sligo after settling in London for most of his career and later to Dublin and in a way only a former megastar can, he finds happiness in the mundane, enjoying all those smaller moments he missed out on while working and touring.

“I’m living in Sligo a year and a half, I was in Dublin a year before that. I have two goddaughters, one is in school, so I bring her to school, all those little things,” he adds.

“I was always very family oriented, but I was living in London and as much as I enjoyed it, I think inevitably I was always going to feel I was too far away. I wanted my family in my life on a daily basis. London is great in terms of anonymity; in Sligo, they just treat me like a local, I like just being a normal part of the community.”

His relationship is rock solid, although he prefers not to divulge any details about his other half, who doesn’t work in the industry.

“It’s fantastic. There was a time when I was single and I didn’t particular enjoy it, it didn’t take me long to realise I prefer being in a relationship,” he explains. “I was very grateful to meet somebody not in the industry – I have that balance where I can work hard, come home and switch off. It’s not 24/7 for me.

“For me, I just respect he’s not in the industry.”

When I ask if he’ll share his name, he says he’ll let him “in his own time”, adding: “I don’t even shine that much to publicity, it’s part of my job and that’s fine with me.”

In the wake of a myriad sexual misconduct allegations emerging across industries, particularly in entertainment, I ask him if he’s seen anything in the music industry in Ireland.
“With us, we were a band so we were like a little gang. We always had that protection of always having people around us. Fortunately we haven’t met any personal experience that would stand out,” he said.

“Obviously it’s not just the entertainment industry, it’s a variety of different characters similar to any industry, media, film – there’s always going to be challenges like that and unsavoury characters, Westlife always protected because we were a little gang
“If anyone was ever acting a bit odd, we always had each other’s backs. We weren’t as vulnerable as solo artists might have been. “

In addition to his new album, he’s landed a gig with the Queen of Christmas herelf – Mariah Carey – whom he has experience collaborating with after Westlife performed together for their cover of Against All Odds back in 1999. The story of their reunion isn’t one of star-crossed professionals, but rather down to the fact that they share the same agent who did some “musical matchmaking” coupled with the fact that they get along quite well.

“Everything is falling into place in a nice way, I’m appreciating how all the stars are aligning,” he said.
“Sometimes, collaborations can be like two ships passing in the night, you meet once or twice and that’s it; but we’ve stayed in touch. I feel like she’s not your best mate, but in terms of the relationship with a fellow artists, it’s a pretty good and strong one. I’m aware she’s a huge star and she’ll always be Mariah Carey in one way, but in another, I’m just a big fan of her as an artist. I try not to think about how much of a mega-star she is so we can try and have a relatively normal chat, so I’m not just sitting there thinking, ‘Oh My God, it’s Mariah Carey’.

Recording a Christmas album was always on his bucket list and his new work gives him the opportunity to have more of an intimate relationship with his fans at gigs – he’s performing at smaller venues and plans interaction with the crowd.

He’ll be taking to the stage of Dublin’s Sugar Club on December 19th and Belfast’s Empire Hall on December 18th.

“It’s going to be some Westlife songs thrown in among the new Christmas songs for new album and from my first solo album,” he says. “It’s a mixture, it’s a very up close and personal gig that involves a lot of talking to the audience, it’s the complete opposite to the big stage and barriers separating you from fans. “

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Dec 9, 2017
Nat & Villy

The Shape I’m In: Mark Feehily

Irene Feighan

Now that singer Mark Feehily has moved back to his native Sligo, he can enjoy his mum’s home cooking.

SINGER Mark Feehily has found what he’s looking for — a work-life balance.

After years living out of suitcases as he and the Westlife crew crisscrossed the globe, he’s now in control of his schedule.

It’s a process that started three years ago when he decided to move back to his native Sligo, renovating a lakeside house he had bought 10 years earlier.

“The family expands as the years go on. I’ve got two goddaughters, there are lots of kids around and it’s really nice to be at home with my parents. My mum can ring me and say: ‘I’ve got the dinner on — come over’,” says the 37-year-old.

He now divides his time between London and Sligo, sharing his Lough Gill home with his Irish partner.

“We met in London four years ago and it’s been going really well since.”

Renowned for his strong vocals, has been raising roofs since he was a young soloist in the local parish choir. A favourite song was the rousing O Holy Night, which features in his latest album.

The reference to ‘angles’ voices’ could easily refer to his beloved grandmothers who both passed away within three days of each other before Christmas three years ago.

“It was a very sad time. But both were well into their 90s and they left nothing but positive memories. I always think the two are sitting on my shoulders. When someone has that much of an influence on you they’ll always be there within you.”

* Mark has just released Christmas a collection of classic festive songs. He will play the Sugar Club, Dublin on December 19.

What shape are you in?

Better than I was a year or two ago. I started mixing up my exercise to keep it interesting, so sometimes I jog, sometimes spinning, sometimes a cardio/weight session and sometimes I’ll go in with a personal trainer.

That, along with reasonable nutrition, has done me the world of good.

What are your healthiest eating habits?

I have started visiting a great vegetarian place in Sligo called Sweet Beet Cafe and even if I’m not in the mood I’ll knock back a turmeric and ginger shot along with one of their gorgeous lunch dishes.

What are your guiltiest pleasures?

I rarely eat pizza anymore as carbs don’t agree with me but every now and again a nice stonebaked pizza on a hungover Sunday evening can be a nice treat.

What would keep you awake at night?

I hate confrontation so anytime I’ve had a dispute with someone it can really stress me out.

How do you relax?

A good strong massage. I’m talking a proper Thai style massage where it’s on the verge of hurting.

The minute the massage starts I forget all my stress and worries.

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?

Mariah Carey, of which I’m really looking forward to be opening for her on her Christmas UK tour.

Then it would have to be Celine Dion, Whitney Houston and Aretha Franklin — all amazing icons.

What are your favourite smells?

In the summer, the smell of cut grass in Sligo brings me straight back to my childhood and in the winter a turf fire does exactly the same thing.

I want to do a line of candles with these types of scents.

What would you like to change about your appearance?

I’ve learnt to be comfortable in my own skin and appreciate what I have instead of wishing I was something else, so I just try to keep the exercise/nutrition thing in check when possible.

When is the last time you cried?

At a wedding last week. I am strictly NOT a cryer but at weddings, I turn to mush when I see the bride walking in or when the groom says romantic things to his new wife at the speeches.

What traits do you least like in others?

Lack of empathy, people who genuinely think they are better than others because of wealth or success, two-faced people are the worst. Begrudgery really gets to me as well.

What traits do you least like about yourself?

I overthink things but I’ve been working on that and have learnt the benefits of letting things run their course.

Do you pray?

I don’t pray very much but I’ll always have that foundation of spirituality that comes with growing up in rural Catholic Ireland.

What would cheer up your day?

Hearing something really good has happened to someone I love.

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Dec 8, 2017
Nat & Villy

Mark Feehily reveals his best ever moment in Westlife

Lauren Hughes

Born in Ireland, Mark Feehily, 37, first came to our attention as one fifth of Westlife back in 1998.

The band split in 2012 and have yet to reunite. After coming out in 2005, Mark has been with his Irish boyfriend for four years. He’s due to go on the road performing on Mariah Carey’s upcoming Christmas tour.

“I’ve always been a massive fan of Mariah Carey. Going on tour with her will be amazing. I’ve been a fan of hers since I was a kid and, going back to when Westlife worked with her, people often ask us what was our favourite moment of being in the band. Others might say singing for the Pope, but for me it was always meeting and working with Mariah, my teenage idol.

“There were small downsides to being in a big pop group. At the time, I used to hate missing birthdays or weddings. But the thing is, if I was at those events, I’d probably have been wishing I was over in London on a TV show. Hindsight is great! I find it difficult to remember any proper downsides.

“We were surgically attached when we were in Westlife. We have a bit more space from each other these days. Human beings can’t be constantly in the same little room all day, every day. We were running the business ourselves, very hands-on, making all the decisions, and I think we did well to last 14 years. We now have our separate lives and space, but we’ll bump into one another occasionally and we’ll text.

“I’d love to have kids soon. It’s something I think about all the time. I definitely want that for myself, 100%. It’s only a matter of time and I hope it will happen quite soon. I’ve been with my boyfriend for four years and we’re very happy together.”

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Dec 8, 2017
Nat & Villy