Hello! Irish songwriter U.M.A.N. pleads with Adele to listen to the track he penned for her
IRISH songwriter and recording artist U.M.A.N. has a message for pop superstar Adele: "Hello, can you hear me?"
U.M.A.N. - real name Brian Flanagan - composed a tribute to Adele, but says the Hello singer has yet to acknowledge it.
The Adele Song (Laurie Blue) was snapped up by Universal Music Ireland, who released it as a single two years ago, featuring a remix by Mark McCabe of Maniac 2000 fame.
"It did well on the radio for a while," Brian tells Shuffle. "It wasn't a commercial venture to make money. I only planned to send it to Adele as a gift.
"I don't know if Adele has heard it, but we did try to get it to her. My manager at the time was Gavin James's manager, and we sent it to Gavin's solicitor who is also Adele's solicitor.
"Just a tweet from Adele would have been great if she heard it. I imagined her, when she heard it, going (mimics her cockney accent) 'Aww, that's lovely!', or maybe she's heard it and said, 'That's f**kin' shite!'" he laughs.
"I had researched her life story from when she was born up to the age of 25, and the song just came to me. It was actually written in the shower. The message in the song is that she broke my heart when I heard her singing about someone who broke her heart.
"The song was initially called Laurie Blue, which is actually Adele's middle name. It's a beautiful name and we used that as the song's title so that nobody would know it was about her. Now there is talk of a reissue of the song around the release of Adele's next album."
Known for his inspirational songs, Brian is back with a new single called Feel Beautiful, produced by Mark McCabe and Grammy-nominated studio wizard Billy Farrell.
By day, the Mayo man from Ballyhaunis also keeps busy with his wealth advisory company, U Consulting, which helps business people to successfully manage their lives and careers.
"It's not just about money or financial advice, it's their quality of life," he says of the coaching. "A financial plan is useless without a life plan. We try to get them to stand back and look at the bigger picture, which, funnily enough, inspires a lot of the music I write.
"I would be big into successful living, how to create the life you want and be happy. I wrote a lot of my songs for myself to try and change my own mindset, to get myself into the right frame of mind to get what I want and where I want, and it's worked really well."
One of those songs is his single, Flamin' Day, which shot to number one on iTunes three years ago.
"I woke up one morning and I was in a bad mood," Brian recalls, thinking back to his inspiration for the song. "I looked in the mirror and I said, 'It's going to be a great, great day.' I didn't say flamin', although it began with an 'f' alright," he laughs.
"People who heard it on radio, or when I performed it on the Late Late Show, have said they now use it as their alarm clock because it's designed to change your mind in the morning.
"It would be the song version of 'here are the habits you need to create to start your day in a positive way.' I use it in the morning to change my mindset when I get up in a bad mood, and lots of people have told me they do the same.
"It's the same with my new single, Feel Beautiful, which is also designed to try and inspire. I use a lot of my music for presentations to get people thinking in a certain frame of mind, so my business and my music are now intertwined."
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