In 2005, Archer picked up an Ivor Novello Award as part of the songwriting team behind Snow Patrol's Final Straw album. In 2007, "Canal Song" from Archer's album Magnetic North was featured on Grey's Anatomy (season 3 episode 14, "Wishin' and Hopin'") and Everything I've Got, from the same album was used as iTunes' Free Single of the Week. He also contributed vocals to the 2006 album Waiting for Clearance by The Freelance Hellraiser, which also featured Archer's long time collaborator Gary Lightbody. The song "We Don't Belong" received airplay on leading radio stations, including BBC 6 Music and BBC Radio Ulster. Archer is married to German singer Miriam Kaufmann.
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