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Nicky Byrne: Making solo album was “more fun” than working with Westlife

The 2FM presenter looks set to release his debut solo effort next summer.

Nicky Byrne has revealed making his upcoming solo album was “more fun” than working with Westlife.

It’s been four years since the famous boyband split up and now 2FM presenter Nicky, 37, looks set to release his debut solo album next summer.

The Dubliner described the upcoming record as “cheeky pop” and admitted he was happy to have songs written to suit his voice -unlike his days in Westlife.

Nicky told the Irish Daily Mirror: “When I started writing and recording it, it was more fun than the Westlife years because there was no timeline or pressure.

“We’re writing songs around me – it’s not songwriters from a different side of the world writing around Shane [Filan’s] voice or Mark [Feehily’s] voice.

“I was in the studio with songwriters and producers and we made, in my opinion, a cheeky pop album. I’m taking it in a bit of a different direction, but it’s still pop music. It’s just me and my personality,” he added.

While Nicky is excited to get back on the music scene, he’s in rush as he puts the finishing touches to his album as he admitted that his broadcasting career is still his top priority.

“I’m just finishing the album in my spare time because radio and TV are my priorities at the minute, but it’s what keeps me going,” he said.

He added that while he was happy to take a break from music when Westlife called it quits, he misses the “buzz” of performing.

“Music is in my blood. My dad was lead singer in a cabaret band for all my life so it’s not as though Westlife was a mistake,” he said.

“When you walk away from something that was so big, that you’ve been doing at the highest level for so long, it’s nice to get away from it and be a dad and husband but you’ll never lose the buzz for it.”


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