Hozier (born Andrew Hozier-Byrne) is an Irish singer-songwriter hailing from Bray in County Wicklow.
He studied at both St Gerards School and Trinity College in Dublin, however dropped out halfway through in order to record demos for Universal Music.
Hozier was also part of the chorale ensemble Anuna whilst at Trinity College the result being an international tour and album release. He is the son of a blues musician and these two musical genres are very prominent in Hoziers unique style.
Take Me To Church was first featured on his debut EP of the same name which included tracks Like Real People Do, Angel of Small Death and The Codeine Scene plus a live version of Cherry Wine. Take Me To Church was a huge hit and put Hozier on the music scene after record viewings on youtube, it also reached number 1 on the iTunes chart in October 2013. According to Hozier the song addresses the fact that ‘there are certain doctrines that undermine very simple/natural aspects of humanity/it’s about loving somebody and what it is to be human’.
His second EP From Eden had a similar response and contained a rare track Arsonist’s Lullabye which has now featured on The Walking Dead series 6 trailer.
Following many tour dates, festivals and his debut TV appearance on Later With Jools Holland….Hoziers’ self-titled debut album was released (September 2014 in Ireland and October 2014 globally). It featured five singles and a collection of the tracks on the previous two EPs. Since its release Hozier has been nominated & won countless awards including Song of the Year at 57th Annual Grammy Awards 2015 for Take Me To Church, VH1 Artist of the year 2015, Billboard Music Awards 2015 for Top Rock Artist and Top Rock Song and Album of the Year in the European Boarder Breaker Awards 2015. His album has also gone platinum in four different countries.
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