Brian McFadden is an Irish singer, songwriter and television presenter who rose to fame in 1998 as a member of the Irish boy band Westlife. When he resided in Australia, he was a judge on Australia’s Got Talent. Following his departure from Westlife in 2004, McFadden released his debut solo album, Irish Son, which peaked within the top 5 on both the Danish and Irish albums charts, and produced his first two No. 1 solo singles Real to Me in four European countries and also Almost Here, a duet with his now ex-fiancée Delta Goodrem which gained a platinum accreditation in Australia.
Like Only a Woman Can, the lead single from his second album, Set in Stone (2008), became his third No. 1 single as a solo artist. In 2010, McFadden scored his fourth No. 1 with the hit single Just Say So, featuring American singer Kevin Rudolf, and gained his second Australian platinum accreditation. The single received a nomination at the 2010 ARIA Music Awards for Most Popular Australian Single. Later releases have had lesser sales.
In June 1998, McFadden auditioned for Irish male band Westlife and was against another blond Nicky Byrne and eventually both joined the group alongside Kian Egan, Mark Feehily and Shane Filan. After joining, he changed the spelling of his name from Brian to Bryan to make it easier to sign autographs.
With McFadden as part of the group, Westlife released their first single, Swear It Again, four Irish No. 1 studio albums and a No. 1 greatest hits album. They also released seventeen Irish top 5 singles including the hit single Uptown Girl, which peaked within the top 10 in seven European countries and also in Australia and New Zealand.
In March 2004, McFadden left the group to spend more time with his family and work on solo projects. He subsequently began a solo career and decided to revert the spelling of his first name back to its original, Brian. Before launching his solo career he co-wrote the song If My World Stopped Turning, which was sung by Ireland’s entry Chris Doran in the Eurovision Song Contest 2004.
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Listen to Westlife‘s hit single, Uptown Girl, here: