Shane Filan
Shane Filan
Filan performing during The Nobel Peace Prize Concert in 2009
Birth name Shane Filan
Born (1979-07-05) 5 1979 (age 41)
Origin Sligo, Ireland
Occupation Singer, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, Guitar
Years active 1997–present
Label Capitol (2012–2015)
Warner Music (2015–2017) / London (2013–2017)
Ocean Wave Records (2017–Present)
Associated acts Westlife

Shane Steven Filan (born 5 July 1979) is an Irish singer and songwriter. He was one of the lead singers and frontman of boy band Westlife until the group disbanded in 2012. After the group disbanded, Filan released his debut solo album, You and Me, in 2013.

Early life

Shane Steven Filan was born on 5 July 1979, in Sligo, Ireland. He is the son to Peter and Mae Filan. His mother worked as a clerk in the town hall at Carrick-on-Shannon. Before Filan was born, his mother had complications during her pregnancy and almost miscarried him twice. Filan has six siblings; three brothers and three sisters and he is the youngest among them. His parents owned a diner named Carlton Café located on Castle Street, in the middle of Sligo and he used to work, spending every school holiday working behind the counter from a very early age.

He attended primary school at Summerhill College, a Catholic school, with Kian Egan and Mark Feehily. All three of them participated in a school production of Grease. The Hawkswell Theatre became a significant part of their careers. Filan was a fan of Michael Jackson as a child, and claimed the singer inspired him to pursue a career in music.


As lead artist

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
2013 "Everything to Me" 7 14 9 You and Me
"About You" 60 54 39
"Knee Deep in My Heart" 92 69 72
2015 "Me and the Moon" Right Here
2017 "Unbreakable" Love Always
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As featured artist

Year Title Album
2015 "When I Grow Up"
(The Association of Irish Musical Societies featuring Shane Filan & Grace Lee)
2017 "Bridge over Troubled Water"
(as part of Artists for Grenfell)

Other Charted Songs

List of songs, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Beautiful in White" 2017 51 Love Always
"—" denotes singles that did not chart.
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