Photo : Rachel Wright
Born Andrew Hozier-Byrne, Hozier is an award-winning musician, singer and songwriter from Wicklow. His debut studio album ‘Hozier’ went straight to #1 in the Irish Album Charts on release in 2014 and remained in the Top 10 for a phenomenal 54 weeks. The critically acclaimed album entered the Billboard chart at number two (the second biggest debut album of the year) and number five in the UK chart. The x9 times platinum certified album includes the Grammy-nominated anthem 'Take Me To Church', which later won ‘Best Song’ for Hozier at the 2015 Ivor Novello Awards.
In 2016, Hozier released the album’s closing track ‘Cherry Wine’ as a charity single to create awareness of the domestic abuse problems worldwide, with proceeds benefiting a series of international domestic abuse charities. The official video features 3-time Oscar-nominated actress Saoirse Ronan. Hozier followed up the success of his debut LP with the track 'Better Love', taken from the soundtrack of the Warner Bros’ adventure film The Legend Of Tarzan.
Hozier’s success hasn’t been confined to the UK and US with the album also achieving Multi-platinum status in Belgium, Canada, Australia , Germany, France, Italy , Denmark , Ireland, Russia, Sweden, Poland, Switzerland, Austria and the Netherlands. Major TV appearances have helped spread the gospel including the show-stopping duet at the Grammys with Annie Lennox, stand-out appearances on Later with Jools, Jimmy Fallon, David Letterman, Saturday Night Live, Ellen, Jimmy Kimmel, Graham Norton, Coachella and a performance at the Victoria's Secret Fashion show in London.
In September 2018, Hozier announced his return with a 4 track EP ‘Nina Cried Power’. The EP’s lead single and title track features legendary soul/gospel singer Mavis Staples, with iconic musician Booker T Jones on organ. In the song, Hozier namechecks several iconic artists, activists and proponents of the civil rights movement whose messages, activism and artistry contributed to change through protest.
Of the single, Hozier says:
“The song was written sometime last year, my aim was to credit the actuality of hope, solidarity and love found in the human spirit at a time when their opposites were being given a mainstream platform 24/7. The song started as a tongue-in-cheek inquiry into modern popular language regarding political awareness and grew from there.”