Drawing heavily from the rich harmonies and melodies of '70s soft rock, British quintet the Feeling includes vocalist/guitarist Dan Gillespie-Sells (previously of Scottish pop/rock act Speedway), bassist Richard Jones, guitarist Kevin Jeremiah, keyboardist Ciaran Jeremiah, and drummer Paul Stewart. Former students of the Brit School of Performing Arts in Croydon, the quintet initially performed as Super Fly, a resident cover band playing at La Tania Ski Resort in the French Alps. The bandmembers soon realized they wanted to create their own classic rock-inspired pop and, upon returning home, rechristened themselves the Feeling. One month after their return, the Feeling had landed a record deal.
With the backing of Island Records, the band's polished debut, Twelve Stops and Home, was released in the U.K. in June 2006, where it charted three Top Ten U.K. singles ("Sewn," "Fill My Little World," "Never Be Lonely") and garnered a Brit Award nomination. The album was re-released on the Cherry Tree/Interscope label the following year in America -- complete with revised cover art and a retooled track listing. In the U.K., the band's popularity continued to soar, and their sophomore effort, Join with Us, topped the U.K. charts upon its release in February 2008.
In 2011 they released their third album, Together We Were Made, which peaked at number 22 in the U.K. charts. Later that year a collection titled Singles: 2006-2011 was released and contained all 11 singles from their three studio albums, including hits "Fill My Little World" and "I Thought It Was Over." Two years later the Feeling returned with their fourth studio outing, 2013's Boy Cried Wolf. Although only peaking at number 33 on the U.K. album charts, the album received positive reviews and was described as "the album of their career."
In 2016, they returned with their fifth studio album, The Feeling, featuring the single "Wicked Heart." Partially crowdfunded, the album was recorded live in the studio over a brief ten-day period in an attempt to better capture the energy of the band's live shows. Following a tour for the self-titled album, the bandmembers announced they were going on indefinite hiatus. ~ Andrew Leahey