Shane was born on July 5, 1979 to Peter and Mae Filan, and grew up in Sligo, a busy commercial town in the northwest of Ireland. The youngest of seven children, he has three brothers and three sisters: Finbarr, Peter Jr, Yvonne, Liam, Denise and Mairead. His parents owned a diner in Sligo named Carlton Cafe located on Castle Street and Shane used to work there as a waiter from a very early age.Shane attended Summerhill College, a Catholic school, with Kian Egan and Mark Feehily. All three of them participated in a school production of Grease when they were about 12. The Hawkswell Theatre became a significant part of their careers. Shane was a fan of Michael Jackson as a child, and claimed the singer inspired him to pursue a career in music.
Before Westlife, Kian Egan and Mark Feehily were with Shane in a band known as I.O.U. with other Sligonians Derrick Lacey, Graham Keighron and Michael "Miggles" Garrett. He partly wrote the IOYOU's song Together Girl Forever. For 6 months, Shane's mum, Mae Filan, tried to phone Louis Walsh (who is also the manager of Boyzone). Eventually, she was able to speak to him and talked about her son's band. 3 of them were dropped and the other 3, Shane, Kian and Mark, joined ventures to finding 2 more slots for the band. Then they were joined by Nicky Byrne and Brian McFadden to form Westside. The name of the band then changed to Westlife as there were already a number of bands with the name Westside.
Shane, along with Mark Feehily, is the main lead singer (first voice) in Westlife. Their first album was released in November, 1999, titled Westlife. With Westlife, Shane has received twenty-eight platinum discs and sold 40 million records worldwide.
Shane has also co-written a few songs, along with the other band members, including:
He has also written songs for other artists, (together with his former bandmate McFadden):
the week beginning 26 April 2010, an unreleased solo song by Shane called
"Beautiful In White" leaked onto the Internet, but it was credited as being
instead of Shane.
Shane participated and won with a team on
football match against the Rest of the World team, snd scored a penalty kick in
the shoot out.
Following in the footsteps of his bandmate, Kian, Shane appeared as Walsh's guest judge in the groups category of The X Factor.
Shane is currently recording his debut solo album.
Shane likes to play golf in his spare time, but loves horses much more. He and his family own more than 70 of them, and used to compete at horse tournaments. All of Shane's horses are named Carlton something (e.g. Carlton Flight, Carlton Clover Association of Ireland).
A massive Manchester United fan, Shane and bandmate Nicky Byrne proudly wore their Man Utd scarves as they were half time guests at Old Trafford for the game between United and Bolton Wanderers.
-Shane used to play rugby for Sligo County before Westlife and was even
thinking about try-outs for Ireland!
-Shane, and the rest of the lads, are on the books of Assets modelling agency.
-Shane reckons he can lose a 5p piece in his belly button it's that big!
-Shane was born at midnight.
-Although Shane's a true Sligonian, his father is from Roscommon and his mother is from Mayo.
-Shane has a bit of a foot fetish - he can't stand women having nasty feet, plus he's obsessed with the cleanliness of his own - he washes them several times a day. Just as well as the rest of the band reckon they smell pretty bad!
-Unlike most men, Shane prefers oggling women's bums rather than their boobs.
-Shane claims that he's yet to join The Mile High Club.
-Shane has played both Danny and Kenickie in the musical Grease.
-Shane once waxed his chest, but said it was so painful he'd never contemplate doing it again, adding "I love my hairy chest!"
-Shane falls asleep on most of the flights the band take before the plane has even taken off!
-Shane wears Calvin Klein boxers. Black. Size Medium.
-Shane and his siblings all share the hazel green eye colour.
-Shane has a poor attention span, and is the last one to get a joke.
-Shane hates coffee and takes his tea with tea sugars - this was a fact he said a long time a go now he likes coffee and takes it with no sugar.
-Shane shaves several times a day.
-Shane currently lives in southern England with his family.
-He is friends with many famous people, for example Shay Given.