Artist Spotlight: Hozier

By Kit Caldwell

     Hozier is a brilliant Irish musician with an unique folk-gospel sound to his songs. He was born in Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland. He grew up listening to blues due to the fact his father was a member in a local blues band. Hozier was 15 years old when he joined his first band. They played a range of genres such as, R&B, gospel, blues and soul. He sang with Anúna, a Irish choral group, from 2009 until 2012.

In 2013, Hozier released his first single to the public, “Take Me to Church. His complex lyrics shed a light on gay discrimination in Russia. Hozier describes to MTV on March 14, 2014, “Take Me to Church” is a song that “details humanity at its most natural and that the sound is very much about sexuality and the act itself.” Fans could say that “Take Me to Church,” started his rise to fame. He received much publicity from this single. Hozier appeared on The Ellen Show and The Late Show with David Letterman.

His second EP, was released in early spring of 2014. From Eden was on soft-release in the UK and Ireland before it came to the US. His newest album Hozier is expected to be released on October 7, 2014, and can be pre-ordered on iTunes.

Hozier has just announced his 2015 US tour to begin on February 6 in Los Angeles, CA. Tickets will go on sale September 26 at 10am.