Brian McFadden Biography
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With the release of his debut solo single, 'Real To Me' and album fast approaching, Brian McFadden is in a relaxed and open mood. One fifth of one of the biggest boy bands in the world, now a solo artist in his own right, at the age of just 24, Brian has all the hard won wisdom of a music veteran, but with none of the cynicism. Having sold 30 million records and picked up twelve UK number 1's with Westlife, Brian’s passion for making music is undiminished and invigorating.
Engaging and frank, Brian describes his new album as largely autobiographical, “every song" he admits is “a true story”. Half the album was written in collaboration with Guy Chambers and the other half with Paul Barry and producer Mark Taylor. The album is a genuine tour de force, a record stuffed with anthemic rock hits, perfectly showcasing the genuine rock and roll swagger of Brian’s voice. The album is produced by Guy Chambers, Richard Flack and Mark Taylor.
"Going in I had some ideas about what I wanted it all to sound like but basically we started from scratch and just saw how things went. Lyrically I had loads of ideas and concepts and those guys were great at just bringing things out of me.”
Production started on the album in May 2004, “It’s been quick but then some of the best tracks on the album were written really quickly. Paul and I formed a strong writing relationship right away and I wrote, 'Real To Me' with Guy on our very first meeting. We just clicked right away.”
Brian approached the album entirely focused on the music. When Brian talks about the album he speaks with all the fresh and infectious energy of someone making their very first record. For Brian the primary aim was to make the best record possible and find a sound that truly reflects his style, all other factors were secondary. “I just really want to be an artist on my own terms making music that I am really proud of”, says Brian. “Of course I want people to like it and listen to it and hopefully they will. Westlife fans have grown up with us and I think there is space in the new sound for everyone”.
This tough new sound is influenced by a whole range of different bands and groups including the band he manages in Ireland: Franklin. "I really like Maroon 5 and Snow Patrol at the moment”, says Brian, "I have always been into guitar stuff, from Bryan Adams to Nirvana".
Brian is currently in rehearsal with his band and is looking forward to taking the album out on the road later this year.
"That’s the difference with the album. I can’t wait to tour with it, it’s got a live feel and you can really perform it".
The first single, 'Real To Me', is an impassioned and eloquent guitar anthem about re-evaluating priorities and finding an individual voice and place of your own. Brian is keen to point out that although the song is clearly about his amicable split from Westlife, it is the only song on the album that directly references this time in his life. Lyrically and in terms of subject matter, the inspirations for the rest of the songs on the album are extraordinarily varied and ambitious. ‘Irish Son’ is about growing up Ireland and the Catholic Church; ‘Walking Into Walls’ deals with domestic violence while, 'He's No Hero', explores the effect of alcoholism. The dramatic track, ‘Demons’, is about insomnia and nightmares. The song, ‘Woman’, Brian laughingly says, is about, "How no matter how much you try you can never win with women". A real journey then, full of colour, drama and insight, delivered straight from the heart.
As a solo artist, Brian has truly found his voice, producing lyrically mature and incisive music with energy and passion. Willing to take risks and experiment with his new sound, Brian is also proud of his past, well aware that he was part of something special with Westlife.
"I am blessed to be where I am, and am just really excited to be able to make music I love".
The title track and single, 'Real to Me' is out September 6th.
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for dear brian! | Reviewer: Fatima | 11/11/11
hi dear brian
my name is Fatima and i`m from Iran.I LOVE your voice very much.I often listen to Almost Here after my homeworks.
And I love Delta and her songs tooooo much too(Especially lost without u)
I say: u & dear Delta and Westlife are the best singers in the world.
and I hope that u can travel to Iran for your next tour!
u are awesome | Reviewer: donyabi henry | 10/18/10
we miss u so dearly when we heard that u are leaving the westlife band inorder to becomes solo singer, we dont blame u for ur decision,u must have had ur own reasons .l love u,u have an amazing voice,keep it up the sky will be ur limit
i love you brian mcfadden | Reviewer: rufa | 1/23/10
brian mcfadden i love you for the rest of my life please come here in the philippines and i'll wait for you i'm your big fans in bohol i'm so die hard to you.......if you will not come here i will be there as soon as possible.....joke....i mean i will go in your place when i gradute in college wait for me.......if you will go here my address is Katipunan St. Tagbilaran City Bohol, Philippines..........bye.........i love you don't forget me i'm your biggest and no.1 fan in bohol........bye.......
hello brian | Reviewer: terz | 11/18/09
i know it has big discion that u make when u left the 5 yrs ago but i think it's over nothing to worry if u not came back in westlife co'z many fans r waiting for u and also to all ur song that u create from ur bottom of ur heart godbless and be happy
i wish u re back in westlife | Reviewer: jerry | 4/21/09
i wish u could go back to the westlife band i swear u re beta off celebrated than solo act. but come to think of it, wat really made u leave the band cos no one in his rite mind wuld leave a popular band like westlife for solo act. i wish u culd tell me the main reason.please i need a genuine reply
I'm a big Brian Mcfadden fan | Reviewer: Moon | 2/6/09
hi baby, I'd like that you really read my email, first of all congratulation Brian your songs are amazing and incredible, you're the most handsome man that I see in my life, you have all things that I've never seen, your voice is so cool and I love you , eu te amo, yo te amo you're my baby and you'll always be in my heart
brian mc faddens great solo career and life with delta | Reviewer: patricia carney | 8/16/08
hi my name is trish carney I am a biggest number one fan of westlife I heard a lot about the bands history and a loss of a member brian which I know is not easy but it was a shocking departure it was now three years since mc fadden left it is sad to believe that brians dream career is over with shane filan mark feehily kian egan and nicky bryne I think the five of them are still great friends they are a fantastic bunch of lads who would do anything to make each other happy smile and laugh they had a wonderful amazing great brilliant terrific spectacular bonding relationship as a fantastic happy family they did so much already in their career as a band who did so many albums and singles it was really amazing to see how well they know each other from their childhood mark had a pretty rough time since he was bullied being overweight shane was not bullied once in school kian used to get into fights since he was small but got beaten up a lot by tough older guys in sligo town and got black eyes nicky was turned down by a few football team clubs which was pretty awful but they had gotton a lot of love support and help from their loving caring families I still think they are a really close knit tight band family and great friends
please read!!!!!..... | Reviewer: diana | 2/15/08
hey you go back to westlife we miss your band for me it was so sad whan you are leave the westlife but.....anyway im happy for you and for delta goodrem and i'll hope you and her will be together forever...... well iam one of your fan hehehehehehhe ahm wish u luck and have a many album to come "take care always bye bye.....
a good singer i ever known... | Reviewer: analisya | 2/9/08
he is a good singer I ever known......and his voice is so good and very nice to hear he sing....whatever but i hope i will meet him one day.... hihihi...sometimes we need fantasy to help us through reality...
i like you very much!! | Reviewer: nurul atiqah | 1/15/08
hye brian!!...i like your voice very much.when you will be perform at malaysia?i really want to see you.i hope at sabah after this.anyway,i hope you always succesful in what ever you do.and i want to say that i love you forever even you are not in westlife anymore.actually your members band are my favourite too.i really missed you since you're out of westlife.BYE N GOOD LUCK!!
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