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".

A Christmas 2017 Gift For You From Trash

by Dan Bull

Looking for something new to put on this Christmas Day and drown out the family rows? Perhaps they’ll even soundtrack the happy times?! 2017 has been incredibly generous for festive LPs, so we’ve whittled down the best of them. And as The Killers aren’t delivering their usual, annual Christmas single (seriously, if you haven’t heard Boots or Joseph, Better You Than Me add them to your Xmas playlist immediately), there are a few stand-alone tracks at the end too. Like the little gift to go with the big gift, because no matter how old you are, one present is never enough..

The albums:

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Mark Feehily: Christmas
Best for: Walking through the city and pretending you’re the romantic lead in a Christmas film

Not so many moons ago, Christmas was primetime for Westlife. They scored a number one with I Have A Dream/Seasons In The Sun, and ensured that a new album was ready to top Christmas lists for generations of women. On his second album since the band’s split, Mark Feehily takes on the Christmas numbers that mean the most to him. While it’s concise, it’s also diverse, opening with Merry Christmas Baby (previously handled by Otis Redding, Elvis Presley and Rod Stewart) before delving a little deeper into the songs we’ve come to associate with St Nick. The end result is a classic sounding collection that will also bring back memories of Christmas in the 90s and early 00s for long-time fans.

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Nov 30, 2017
Nat & Villy

Video: Mark Feehily – Silent Night (Live Acapella)

YAAAS! The gift Markus Feehily promised last night IS HERE and it’s out of this world… 👏😍🎄🎵 He shared a video of himself and his backing singers singing a live acapella version of ‘Silent Night‘, one of the songs you can find in his new album ‘Christmas‘, which is out tomorrow! 🎶🙌 So proud of this incredibly talented lad, he never fails to touch our hearts with THAT VOICE and the emotion of his performances. 🌟

MARK FEEHILY – ‘SILENT NIGHT’ (LIVE ACAPELLA)

Markus Feehily: As promised here’s a little Pre “Christmas” present for everyone! A little impromptu acapella in the studio during the album recording! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAe5bz-P3Yc … …..get your album by clicking this link: http://smarturl.it/MarkFeehilyChristmas … 🎄❤️ Mx

Markus Feehily: Who’s feeling festive? Here’s a little present ahead of the ‘Christmas’ album release tomorrow. Pre-order ‘Christmas’ http://smarturl.it/MarkFeehilyChristmas

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Nov 30, 2017
Nat & Villy

Surprise ‘Christmas’ Pre-release Gift Today!

Ahhh guys, make sure you will keep your eyes on Markus Feehily’s social media as last night he shared a gorgeous photo of himself captioning it with: “Not long now till ‘Christmas’ is out,genuinely proud of this album and the reaction so far. As a little pre-release gift there’ll be a little surprise for you all in the morning! Nite everyone 🎄x“! 🙀🎄✨❤️

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Nov 30, 2017
Nat & Villy

Mark Feehily reveals the REAL Mariah Carey

Diva’s backstage antics uncovered

MARIAH Carey arrives into the UK in just a few weeks time.

By Jack Hardwick, Exclusive

The pop superstar with play a string of shows around the country as well as London’s iconic O2 Arena.

Supporting her is former Westlife singer Mark Feehily.

After releasing his debut solo album Fire in 2015, Mark is back with a special Christmas album for the festive period.

Christmas will be released on Friday December 1.

Chatting about the record, Mark told Daily Star Online: “Westlife was a big pop machine but now as a 37-year-old man it is nice to be in control of my life.

“It is nice to make my own decisions musically.

“I have been enjoying that a lot recently.”

The Irish star continued: “I have had the idea for a Christmas album for a number of years and some of songs as well, but in terms of deciding to release it this year that was more later in the day.

“It wasn’t too rushed, but the thing is I couldn’t think of a better opportunity than to release this Christmas album alongside the UK Mariah shows.”

Opening up about the diva, Mark said: “There is a big backstory with Mariah and Westlife as we worked with her before.

“We share share the same agent. I was told I would be the opening act if she even had one but I took it with a pinch of salt.

“The thing is you hear a lot of things like that in the industry but then a few months ago I got the call to say I was confirmed.”

These past weeks Mariah fans Stateside have been left heartbroken after the star cancelled a string of shows due to illness.

However, Mark insists the superstar has no plans to pull out at the eleventh hour.

“According to everyone at my side the UK shows are 100% going ahead,” he explained.

“When I heard about the cancelled shows I did call up my agent to check if she was ok.

“When someone gets ill everyone assumes that’s it, everything is cancelled.

“Mariah only cancelled the first few concerts before the UK to make sure she is in top condition for the rest of the tour.”

The 47-year-old may be one of the biggest stars on the planet but it seems she hasn’t compleately lost her roots – despite countless horror stories.

Revealing the real Mariah and how she operates behind closed doors, Mark explained: “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.’

“A couple of times she sent the message to come and see her in the dressing room.”

He added: “I’m sure I’ll get to see her again this time around.

“I don’t know when she’s flying in and out but i’m sure we will say ‘hi'”.

Credit/Source: dailystar.co.uk

Nov 30, 2017
Nat & Villy

Watch Back Mark’s Interview On Classic Hit 4FM

Markus was in the Classic Hit 4FM studios earlier today, where he gave an interview and his fantastic rendition of ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas‘ was played too! 😊🎵🎄 So proud of this lad; we can’t wait for the full ‘Christmas‘ album on Friday! 😍

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Nov 29, 2017
Nat & Villy

Videos & Photos From The Cunard Grotto Launch In Liverpool

Markus was at the Cunard Grotto Launch in Liverpool last night, performing and getting everyone in the Christmas spirit and you can see some gorgeous photos below, as well as watch videos of him! 😃🎄🎤✨

Mark performing ‘Merry Christmas Baby‘, one of the songs taken from his new album ‘Christmas’ (out this Friday)! 😊

This has made my Christmas! Amazing voice, lovely guy, good luck @markusmoments with the #christmas album! #westlife #earlychristmaspresent #cunardchristmas 📷: @danielhughespr

Η δημοσίευση κοινοποιήθηκε από το χρήστη G E M M A J A L E E L (@gemmajaleel) στις

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Nov 29, 2017
Nat & Villy

Mark In The Sun’s bizmeter: mags

MARIAH SCARY:

MARK ­FEEHILY got told off by ­MARIAH CAREY when she and WESTLIFE recorded a cover of PHIL COLLINS’ Against All Odds.

Mark told Now that Mariah twigged he’d gone off for a crafty fag and added: “She went ‘You do not smoke! Your voice!’ I was ­mortified.

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Nov 29, 2017
Nat & Villy

Westlife’s Mark Feehily On Travelling As a Gay Man

WE SPOKE TO THE SINGER AS HE RELEASES A CHRISTMAS ALBUM ABOUT HIS TRAVEL EXPERIENCES

Tom Sheehan

Mark Feehily is best known for his role in one of the world’s biggest boybands, Westlife. We caught up with him to chat about his new Christmas album and his experiences travelling the world as an out gay man.

What is it about travel that appeals to you and you enjoy most?

Travelling is very close to my heart. When I was young I was the biggest homebird ever, and initially hated leaving home. It left me heartbroken. But once I started travelling that changed. I had the best job in the world in Westlife. I got to see and experience other countries and culture and that then meant that my attitude changed on the whole thing and I became completely obsessed with travel. It’s something I love to do at every opportunity.

You’re best known for being in one of the world’s biggest boybands – you must have visited so many countries when you were part of Westlife?

Yes, so many countries. We travelled to all four corners of the globe, but there were some places the record company wouldn’t send us. For example, we didn’t go to many eastern European countries, Russia or some places in South America because a lot of our music was sold illegally there so the record company couldn’t make any money from it. But we’ve been to most other places, but it was usually a really quick visit so I didn’t always get under the skin of the place.

In terms of the places you’ve travelled to as part of Westlife and as an openly gay man, what are the destinations you liked most and what’s your best travel experience?

Bali was definitely one of the most amazing places I’ve ever been to. The idea of getting away from it all and being in a beautiful place with lots of culture was really appealing. I spent most of my time in Seminyak and also went to Ubud. When visiting one of the temples I bought some bananas to feed some of the monkeys, not realising there would be thousands of them that would surround me vying for some banana. Before I knew it they were jumping on my head. It felt like they were trying to eat me too! I flung the bananas as far as I could and made a run for it whilst screaming like Ned Flanders in the Simpsons! It was scary and amazing all at the same time – a truly amazing experience and one I’ll never forget.

I totally loved every trip I took to the USA. It’s such a full on, in your face place, I just loved being there as much as possible.

When you’re travelling as a gay man and with a partner, what are your thoughts about travelling to certain countries? Do you think you’re a bit more cautious as a gay man than you would be if you were straight?

I’m absolutely more cautious. I will always Google how the culture is especially on homophobia and the acceptance and rights of LGBT people in a particular country. This is so important because you don’t want to find yourself in an awkward situation. Holidays are all about relaxing and enjoying yourself and feeling comfortable – you don’t want to have to always look over your shoulder. Of course, you could get some kind of funny look or comment in the most liberal country and at the same time visit a country that’s not so liberal and have a great time.

I’ve spoken to a couple of people living in a particular country that is famous for being homophobic and where it’s against the law to be gay. They say it’s completely fine living there, that loads of people are gay and everyone’s at it, albeit a bit more low key. This is a place I’ve really wanted to visit in the past but I didn’t because of its bad reputation towards gay people. But now I think I’m going to visit because I’ve heard it isn’t actually as bad as what people make it out to be.

Yes, as you know, at OutOfOffice.com we work with hotels in places like the Maldives where it’s illegal to be gay that offer honeymoon privileges to same-sex couples too. So it is possible to travel to these places, you just have to know where to go and do it in the right way.

Yes exactly. There’s no point in saying screw them and I’m going anyway. There are certain countries where you could find yourself in a lot of trouble. There’s certain places I’d love to visit, but as a known gay person, I wouldn’t go. I don’t want to be too rebellious and walk into a potentially life threatening situation. You’ve got to research the destination and you’ve got to use common sense.

In terms of bucket lists and places you’d like to go, what’s at the top of your list?

Russia and Dubai. Only joking! When travelling as part of Westlife every last step was planned out and scheduled, so the prospect of getting on a plane, bus or train and having no schedule is absolute bliss for me. I’d love the chance to do a proper stint around South America – Brazil, Argentina etc. I would love to go to Hawaii as well.

Have you had any bad experiences whilst travelling?

I’d say my worst experiences have been to do with how I’ve packed my bags. When flying to Greece via another country, I made a huge mistake of putting my laptop in my checked luggage which was nicked. Top tip #1, definitely do not check in valuable items. Another time, I left a bottle of Tom Ford aftershave in my hand luggage. I’d bought this just the day before and I had to stand and watch as security threw it in the bin (first-world problem I know). Top tip #2, don’t forget about liquids in hand luggage!

What can we expect from your new album?

This is a full-on Christmas Album of Classic Christmas songs, done in my own style, which is pop music but also with influences of soul, jazz and gospel. I haven’t chosen all the really obvious songs, so as well as some really well known ones I’ve gone for some that are lesser known. Christmas time can be tough for some people, and I’ve even thought things like “I wish I was in a relationship” or thought about someone who’s passed away. It can be really nice to have a melancholy song which I feel we all need every now and again, especially as the rest of the album is very uplifting. So I’ve included a beautiful piano ballad called ‘River’, by Joni Mitchell, which is one of my favourite songs of all time which I recently performed at the European Diversity Awards.

I also heard you’re performing as part of Mariah Carey’s upcoming Christmas tour?

Yes! I’m a special guest on Mariah’s upcoming UK tour where I’ll be performing a couple of Christmas and Westlife songs. As one of the biggest Christmas music events of the year I’m super excited about it!

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Nov 29, 2017
Nat & Villy

Mark Feehily Gets Festive

JESSICA FARRY CHATS TO MARK FEEHILY ABOUT HIS CHRISTMAS ALBUM, A POSSIBLE WESTLIFE REUNION, AND HIS HOPES AND DREAMS FOR THE NEW YEAR.

TO BE ABLE TO LIVE IN SLIGO AND TO BE ABLE TO LIVE LIFE AS A NORMAL SLIGONIAN MEANS A LOT TO ME. SLIGO PEOPLE GO OUT OF THEIR WAY TO MAKE SURE I’M LEFT ALONE.

He’s one of Sligo’s most famous sons – but Mark Feehily just wants to live life quietly, like any normal person.

Having spent two years away from the spotlight, he’s back with a new Christmas album, and preparing for a Christmas tour with none other than Mariah Carey.

The multi-Brit Award-winning star, who notched up 14 number one hit records as Westlife’s lead vocalist is set to provide the soundtrack to Christmas with the release of his festive new album aptly titled ‘CHRISTMAS’. He will perform Christmas classics at The Sugar Club, Dublin on December 19 th.

The Sligo native will be joining Mariah in Manchester and London for her ‘All I Want for Christmas’ tour.

Renowned for being private, Mark’s humility means that the Sligo public have always allowed him to live his life as though he was anyone else rather than one of the most famous people to ever come from Sligo.

“This is an exciting time for me. This album is light-hearted and upbeat. It’s more fun than my first album. My first album was a bit dark. This is a reflection of where I’m at in my life,” he told The Sligo Champion.

Recording and releasing a Christmas album is something he says he always dreamed of doing. And, when the opportunity arose to join Mariah Carey’s Christmas tour – he knew the time was right.

“I’ve recorded songs that not everyone will know. I always play it to my Mum and Dad. One of the songs is ‘River’ by Joni Mitchell and it’s one of my favourites, and then there’s more well known songs like ‘Have Yourself a Merry Christmas’. It’s really upbeat. ‘Oh Holy Night’ is a song I’ve been singing since I was an altar boy in Calry Church.

“A Christmas album is something I’ve always wanted to do. Then when the chance came up to do the Christmas tour with Mariah Carey, where we would perform Christmas songs, I just thought that I had to do the Christmas album. I couldn’t turn down the Mariah thing. And then this is really the perfect time to put out this album.”

The last two years have been quiet on the music front for the former Westlife star, but, on a personal level he has been extremely busy.

“I’ve been quiet in terms of promoting but I had probably the busiest year out of the public eye. I’ve been doing a massive job in the house in Sligo so I’ve been running between Sligo and London to meetings and keeping an eye on how it’s all going,” he said.

Now that he is getting older, he has noticed an increase in the number of offers to do musical theatre. That is something, he says, he would love to do.

And with that added maturity, he finds that there are more roles that would be suitable for him to play.

Mark has always been extremely private when it comes to his personal life.

Keeping his private life private, he says, has always been of extreme importance to him, and he will be forever grateful that the people of Sligo have always honoured that wish.

“It’s very important to me to keep things private. I don’t like going into a room and everyone looking at me. I got used to being on stage with Westlife. I’ve always been given that space in Sligo.

“Everyone kind of goes out of their way to make sure I’m left alone. Locals are very protective. They always take care of their own. Sligo people are so proud of Westlife.

He continued: “Even strangers help me out when things are getting out of hand or there’s someone drunk sort of annoying me.

“To be able to live in Sligo and to be able to live life as a normal Sligonian means a lot to me.”

And although he admits he likes to keep things away from the spotlight, he has spoken about his desire to have children somewhere in the future.

“I 100% want kids down the line. I can’t think of a better place to raise children than Sligo. It really is a fantastic place.

“There is so much to do here whether it’s music or sport or art. People are becoming more aware of their surroundings here.

“There was always a whisper from people that there’s not much to do in Sligo, but actually when you look at it there is so much to do here.”

His time spent away from his home county means that he has grown fonder of what we have to offer in Sligo.

“I’ve recently become more appreciative and I’ve started exploring a bit more and trying out all the walking trails that I haven’t done before.

“I climb the new walking trail at Knocknarea a bit with the new steps. I’m discovering so much more about Sligo.

“I’ ll be honest, we don’t realise how amazing it is. I had friends over from England there recently and they were blown away by the beauty and the scenery.”

Social media was rife last week with excitement after Westlife manager Louis Walsh hinted about a possible Westlife reunion.

It’s not the first time he has alluded to such an event happening, and it certainly will not be the last.

Kian Egan shot down those rumours speaking to The Sligo Champion at the time.

Mark admits that it is likely to happen in the years to come, but right now he says is far too soon for a reunion.

“It’s funny. Louis said something about Westlife reuniting, that all the boys want to get back together and then all of a sudden it’s just blown out of proportion. Mum, Dad and my brothers were all getting texts about it. It’s mad that it happens like that.

“I’m so grateful that the interest is still there from the public. I hope that the excitement remains and that by the time we do come back, everyone will be dying for it.

“It will be way down the line. There is a big place in my heart for it. But I think we would be sillyll to come backbk now. It’s’ onlyl beenb fivefi years since we split up so if it’s further down the line then people would be more excited.”

Each band member has their own thing going on at the minute, he says, and all are too busy at the present time.

“I have the Christmas album and once January comes I am planning loads of things like a new album so I don’t have the time and all of the other lads are really busy and have their own things going on. Once every so often Louis mentions the possibility of Westlife reuniting, but I think he’s just stirring the pot. The main thing is, until you hear it from one of the band members then it’s only rumours.”

Mark’s album ‘Christmas’ goes on sale this Friday (December 1st). Tickets for his gig at The Sugar Club went on sale last Friday.

Credit/Source: Sligo Champion Digital Edition / Thanks twitter.com/KianEganWeb for the heads up

Nov 29, 2017
Nat & Villy

Mark To Perform At Cunard Grotto Launch In Liverpool Tomorrow

Westlife star to perform at Cunard grotto launch

Lilly Edwards

Westlife star Mark Feehily will officially open Liverpool’s greatest ever Christmas grotto tomorrow.

The Irish chart topper, who had fourteen number one hits with Westlife, will perform tracks from his new album ‘Christmas’ at the opening of the Christmas attraction in front of a VIP and celebrity crowd.

The entire ground floor of Liverpool’s magnificent Cunard Building has undergone a £100,000 Christmas themed transformation. Families can visit Santa’s house, his elves and meet real reindeers. There is also a special Santa train which takes in the sights of Liverpool’s famous waterfront.

Mrs Clause’s kitchen will also be open filled festive treats and every day from 5pm there will be a live Santa show.

And of course, Liverpool’s little ones will get to let Santa know if they’ve been naughty or nice!

Mark Feehily is taking a break from his whirlwind album promotional tour to open the attraction.

Mark said: “I love Liverpool so I’m looking forward to performing a couple of tracks from my new album in the city.

Signature Living’s Kris Mochrie, the mastermind behind the grotto, said:

“It is a real coup to have secured Mark Feehily for the opening of the Cunard Christmas attraction. He has a brilliant Christmas album out and so he is the perfect for the job. It is even more special that Liverpool has got Mark just before he goes of on his December tour with Mariah Carey.”

More information about the Cunard Christmas grotto is available at www.ticketquarter.co.uk/Online/santas-christmas-party

Credit/Source: clickliverpool.com

Nov 27, 2017
Nat & Villy