Take That’s Mark Owen credited listening to Irish country bands as a huge musical influence in his life.
The singer revealed that his father, Keith, played in Irish bands when Owen was a child.
He said: “When I was growing up my dad played the clubs around Manchester – a lot of Irish country bands.
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“Some of my earliest memories are of being with my dad at a social club somewhere asleep under a table as he played with his band.”
Owen said his father was the first person to hear about everything he does.
“He’s the first person who hears everything I do.
“It’s something I’ve always done.
“My dad used to sit around the house with his guitar and he still does.
“It’s a good sounding board.
“It’s good to have that connection.
“He gets really excited when the guitars accompany the songs, so he’ll want to know what guitar sound it is.
“He’s fine in it.
“It’s good to involve him.
“A lot of times it’s who you do it for, those people around you in your family.”
Along with asking for his father’s advice, he also enlisted the help of his children to create his latest album.
“Willo and Fox both sing on the record, which really excites me,” he said.
“I was trying to do this song called Comeback and I said to Willo, ‘Do you want to sing on this song?’
“She came and I tried to explain to her what I wanted her to do.
“She tried several times and then asked if she could do her own thing.
“I said OK, and do you know what I thought that would do.
“Ten times better than what I was trying to get him to do.
“I’m really happy with them.
“They always came to see the shows we did.
“They all went to see the big productions, so they were always aware that dad wears weird outfits from time to time.”