It was only a matter of who would be first of the Westlife boys to pop out solo material in the wake of the band’s demise in the middle of last year.
That honour turns to lead singer Shane Filan, who’s signed with Capitol Records in Britain and whose subsequent debut solo effort ‘Everything To Me’ has been locked in for release in the UK at the end of next month.
“I am incredibly excited to have joined Capitol Records, and being back in the studio in London and Nashville recording new songs has been amazing,” the singer said in a statement. “Working on solo material is something I had always dreamed of doing, and I’m incredibly happy with the results. ‘Everything To Me’ is a very personal song to me lyrically; it is such an upbeat and optimistic record, perfect for the summer. I can’t wait for people to hear it!”
Speaking of “lyrically”, the singer has released a lyric video for the James Blunt-esque new track (below), which will form part of a four track EP with b-sides ‘Everytime’, ‘Once’ and ‘Today’s Not Yesterday’. It’s out on August 25, with an album announcement also due soon. No word yet, however, on Aussie action.