It's Calogero (Calogero Maurici) with his latest single "Le portrait".
|Calogero (screenshot live performance of "Un jour au mauvais endroit" le Grand Studio RTL)|
The song is another melodic masterpiece from a man who has well and truly made his mark on the French music scene.
Once again, Calogero delivers an instantly recognisable tune which is more than pleasing to the ear with a voice that matches perfectly.
It's in the tradition of what he describes as pop-rock: another memorable and moving melody along the lines of "En apesanteur", released in 2002, "Si seulement je pouvais lui manquer" (2004) "Pomme C" (2007) a couple of duos, "Face à la mer" (2004 with rapper Passi) and "La débâcle des sentiments" (2008 with co Circus band member Stanislas), and, and, and.
Hit on the links to take a listen.
Now, there's a lot of material out there about Calogero and his career including inevitably Wikpedia in French and English (it's worth comparing the two, if you can).
From his beginnings as Charlie, lead singer of the 1980s band Les Charts, his re-emergence at in 2000 as a solo singer and the path which has seen him become an established member of mainstream French music scene.
So there's no need to repeat it all here.
You can simply search the Net, and you'll come up with something.
But it's worth perhaps pointing out just how respected and prominent Calogero has become over the years.
He has written for a number of artists including, Jenifer, Patrick Fiori, Françoise Hardy, Pascal Obispo, Florent Pagny and...of course (because just about every French composer has)...Johnny Hallyday.
And a fair number showed up for a recent edition of the France 2 Saturday evening entertainment programme "Le Grand Show", dedicated to to the 43-year-old and to celebrate 15 years (as a solo artist) as well as the release of his most recent album, "Les Feux d'artifice".
Which brings us back nicely to this week's Friday's French music break - "Le portrait" - the fourth track from the album to be released as a single.
Just listen - and enjoy.
Oh yes...and if you get the chance, try to see him live. He's on tour until April 2015.