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Friday 22 September 2017

Markus Feehily: Producers snubbed me because of Westlife

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Mark Feehily (L) of Westlife and Kevin McDaid
Mark Feehily and Kevin McDaid attend party at Kanaloa hosted by Beyonce on November 13, 2009 in London, England.
Mark Feehily, Shane Filan, Kian Egan and Nicky Byrne of Westlife
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Former Westlife star Markus Feehily revealed that many music producers refused to work with him of a solo album because of his boy band history.

The Sligo singer released his debut single Love Is A Drug last week, but admitted his solo career has been difficult to get off the ground.

Feehily sold more than 50 million records with the Irish band and said his career was both a blessing and a hindrance to future solo opportunities.

“It opened some doors and closed others,” he said speaking to The Irish Sun on Sunday.

“Because I was shifting music genres, I had to approach a new bunch of producers and there were some in that circle who said “There is no way I’m working with someone from Westlife”.

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Mark Feehily, Shane Filan, Kian Egan and Nicky Byrne of Westlife
Mark Feehily, Shane Filan, Kian Egan and Nicky Byrne of Westlife
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Mark Feehily
Mark Feehily (L) of Westlife and Kevin McDaid
Mark Feehily and Kevin McDaid attend party at Kanaloa hosted by Beyonce on November 13, 2009 in London, England.
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“Emails I sent would not be returned, there was an awful snobbery but I stuck with it.”

The singer has since teamed up with the producer working with Grammy winner Sam Smith.

Meanwhile, Feehily has revealed that there is a new man in his life for the first time since splitting with his long-term boyfriend more than three years ago.

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The Sligo-born singer later opened up to the press about the break-up.

“When you’re faced with a challenge in life you can either let it consume you or you can stand up and try and learn as a person and move on.

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“It’s my first major relationship and obviously my first break-up so I’m dealing with it.

“I think I’m dealing with it quite well but I wouldn’t lie and say it’s easy. But these things happen in life.”

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