FOY VANCE WINS EMMY AWARD

BANGOR singer-songwriter Foy Vance scooped a prestigious Emmy Award this week.

He picked up the prize for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics in the American TV awards ceremony in Los Angeles on Saturday night.

Foy grabbed the gong for a song he co-wrote with superstar pal Ed Sheeran and chart-hit writing regular Max Martin for sports comedy Ted Lasso.

The trio penned the track A Beautiful Game for the final episode of the show, which followed the misadventures of a struggling American college football coach unexpectedly hired to run an English Premier League side.

After his win, Foy tweeted: “We wanted to make a ‘come all ye’ of a song that felt universal and unifying.

“Never would have dreamed it would receive the coveted Emmy nod, let alone take home the award – bewildering.

“I am swimming in a sea of gratitude.”

Ed Sheeran revealed that the trio were ‘not thinking we had a chance in hell of winning’ due to strong competition in their category.

Stated Sheeran: “We were all fans of the show and got asked to do a song for the finale, so two years ago this month we got in together and wrote a song about love and football, and how it is always about the journey rather than the destination.

“I recorded a crowd at one of my stadium shows for it, singing the final chant to keep it in the footie vibes.”

Foy collected the award on behalf of his collaborators at LA’s Peacock Theatre last weekend, during the first of two Emmy awards ceremonies.

His win followed just weeks after he released a new version of his track Guiding Light featuring vocals from Ed Sheeran, Elton John and Keith Urban, and also performed to sold-out homecoming shows in Bangor shortly before Christmas.