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Hozier Biography

Andrew John Hozier-Byrne, known professionally as Hozier, is an Irish musician, singer, and songwriter from County Wicklow. He had his international breakthrough after releasing his debut single "Take Me to Church", which had been certified multi-platinum in several countries, including the US, the UK, and Canada.Early life Hozier was born in Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland ; and grew up in the Irish countryside, near the village Delgany. Hozier's father, John Byrne, is a local blues drummer whose day job was working at a bank; while his mother, Raine Hozier-Byrne, is an artist. Hozier and his brother, Jon, were raised in the Protestant Quaker faith. He now identifies as agnostic. He ...
Andrew John Hozier-Byrne, known professionally as Hozier, is an Irish musician, singer, and songwriter from County Wicklow. He had his international breakthrough after releasing his debut single "Take Me to Church", which had been certified multi-platinum in several countries, including the US, the UK, and Canada.

Early life

Hozier was born in Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland ; and grew up in the Irish countryside, near the village Delgany. Hozier's father, John Byrne, is a local blues drummer whose day job was working at a bank; while his mother, Raine Hozier-Byrne, is an artist.

Hozier and his brother, Jon, were raised in the Protestant Quaker faith. He now identifies as agnostic. He has been writing songs since the age of 15. He attended Delgany National School and St. Gerard's School before he began studying music in Trinity College, Dublin. He was refused a year's deferral by the college after missing exams to record demos for a music label.

Career

Beginnings

While in Trinity, Hozier became involved with the Trinity Orchestra. He was a member of the choral ensemble Anúna from 2007 to 2012 and appears as a soloist on their 2014 release Illuminations singing "La Chanson de Mardi Gras". He toured and sang with the group internationally including performances in Norway and the Netherlands. Hozier played at Oxegen Festival in 2009 and 2010.

2013–2016: Take Me to Church EP, From Eden EP and Hozier

Hozier performing at Lollapalooza, Chicago in January 2014

In July 2013, Hozier released the EP Take Me to Church. The title track was a blues-gospel pop song with lyrics about finding solace in a lover, and its video was directed by Brendan Canty and depicts anti-gay violence in Russia. Released in September, the video was shared by Stephen Fry, appeared on the front page of Reddit, and went viral. The single achieved global success, scoring top five positions around the world and gaining multi-platinum certifications.

In 2014, Hozier released his second EP, From Eden. One of the tracks, "Cherry Wine", appeared in Zach Braff's movie "Wish I Was Here", chosen for its "heartbreaking lyrics and poetry". It was later performed on the Late Late Show (Irish Talk Show).

Hozier released his self-titled album, Hozier, in September 2014. It featured five singles, including "Take Me to Church", "Someone New", "Work Song", and "From Eden". He embarked on an American and a European tour to support the album.

"Take Me to Church" was later nominated at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards for Song of the Year in 2015. At the awards show, he performed the song with Annie Lennox, and later at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards. On 12 November 2015, he won the VH1 Artist of the Year, based on fan votes. He also performed "Take Me to Church" and The Beatles' "Blackbird" with singer Tori Kelly. In June 2016, Hozier released the song "Better Love" as part of the Legend of Tarzan soundtrack.

Hozier performing at the Troubadour in West Hollywood.

2018–present: Nina Cried Power EP and Wasteland, Baby!

In September 2018, Hozier returned with the release of the EP Nina Cried Power. The record features a collaboration with Mavis Staples on the title track, as well as three other songs, titled "NFWMB", "Moment's Silence (Common Tongue)", and "Shrike". The singer then stated that he was recording his second studio album. The title track, "Nina Cried Power" opposes xenophobia and references various musicians, acknowledging their contributions.

Hozier's second album, Wasteland, Baby!, was released on 1 March 2019 and debuted atop the US Billboard 200 chart. The album's cover was painted by Hozier's mother who also created the artwork covers for some of his previous releases. He is scheduled to embark on a worldwide tour, visiting venues across North America, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe, beginning on 10 March 2019 to support the album.

He released the album’s lead single, "Movement", on 14 November 2018 along with the music video which featured Ukrainian Ballet dancer Sergei Polunin. Polunin had previously performed on Hozier's "Take Me to Church" video. Subsequently, he also released "Almost (Sweet Music)" on 16 January 2019 and "Dinner and Diatribes" on 15 February 2019. He released the music video for "Dinner and Diatribes" on 6 March 2019, featuring Anya Taylor-Joy and directed by Anthony Byrne who also directed the video for "Someone New". Two songs from the Nina Cried Power EP, the title track and "Shrike", are also included on the album. The song "No Plan" is greatly influenced by a lecture delivered by astrophysicist Katie Mack about the end of the universe.

He was the closing headliner of the inaugural Railbird Festival held on the grounds of the Keeneland horse track in Lexington, Kentucky. He is one of the headliners for the Electric Picnic 2019, a three-day festival held in Ireland on 30 August to 1 September. He is scheduled to perform at the Glastonbury Festival 2019, a five-day festival held in June in England. He is also scheduled to perform at the Lollapalooza 2019, a four-day music festival held in Chicago in August.

Social messages in songs

The "Take Me to Church" music video features two men in a same sex relationship, and highlights the injustices and violence perpetrated against members of the LGBT community. The video was inspired by videos of violent crimes against gay men in Russia.

The music video for the song Cherry Wine was released to raise awareness of domestic violence.

"Nina Cried Power" is a song that highlights artists such as Nina Simone, Bob Dylan, and Mavis Staples whose work takes a political or social justice stance. The song itself has been said to be a "thank you to the spirit and legacy of protest." The music video features Irish activists alongside protest footage.

"Be" also contains many allusions to sea level rise and refugee crises. Hozier sings: "When the man who gives the order, Is born next time around on the boat sent back, When the bodies starving at the border, Are on TV givin' people the sack, Oh, when the sea rises to meet us". This is also a reference to US President Donald Trump, who prior to his presidential campaign was well known for firing people on his reality TV show The Apprentice (US).

As for November 2019, Hozier has released a new song entitled Jackboot Jump, following its rendition during his tour. This song, besides being a direct refernce to George Orwell's 1984 alludes to social demonstrations in Hong Kong, Russia and in America that are taking place currently or prior to the writing process of the song.

Social activism

He is part of an organisation, Home Sweet Home, led by celebrities including Saoirse Ronan and Glen Hansard. In 2016, this organisation illegally took over an office building in Dublin to house 31 homeless families.

Hozier, who had a Protestant upbringing in the minority Quaker faith, is an outspoken critic of the Catholic Church.



Source : Wikipedia
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Hozier Discography

  • 2013EPTake Me to Church
  • 2014SingleAngel of Small Death and the Codeine Scene
  • 2014EPFrom Eden
  • 2014AlbumHozier (Bonus Track Version)
  • 2014SingleLike Real People Do
  • 2015EPLive in America
  • 2016SingleBetter Love (From "The Legend of Tarzan")
  • 2016SingleCherry Wine (Live)
  • 2018EPNina Cried Power
  • 2018SingleShrike (Live at Windmill Lane Studios)
  • 2019SingleJackboot Jump (Live)
  • 2019SingleThe Bones (with Hozier)
  • 2019AlbumWasteland, Baby!
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