British singer-songwriter David Ford has been awarded the prize for ‘Song of the Year’ at France’s premier music awards ceremony, Les Victoires de la Musique.
The event, dubbed by many as the 'French Grammys’, took place on Friday night (February 14).
The song, 20 Ans, was a hit in France for bestselling local artist Johnny Hallyday in January 2013, helping push Hallyday’s album, L’Attente, to 600k-plus sales; his biggest album success for many years.
The original English version of the song was created and released by David Ford under the title I’m Alright Now. But after being passed over by UK radio it was pitched to Hallyday in 2012, who loved it on first listen. The French lyrics were subsequently written by Christoph Miossec.
After Friday’s awards ceremony Johnny Halliday tweeted his thanks to David Ford ‘thank you so much David Ford for this tremendous song’.
David Ford, who is managed by former Chrysalis and V2 A&R Manager Dave Wibberley, has released four solo albums through Wibberley’s own Magnolia label.
His most recent album, 2013’s Charge, received critical acclaim both in the UK and the USA and was described by Neil McCormick in The Daily Telegraph as ‘stirring and extraordinary'.