Hozier (musician)

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Hozier
Hozier Troubadour West Hollywood.jpg
Hozier at the Troubadour in West Hollywood (2014).
Background information
Birth name Andrew Hozier-Byrne
Also known as Hozier
Born (1990-03-17) 17 March 1990 (age 25)
Newcastle, County Wicklow, Ireland
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Musician
  • singer
  • songwriter
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • bass guitar
  • piano
  • synthesizer
Years active 2008–present
Labels
Website www.hozier.com

Andrew Hozier-Byrne (born 17 March 1990),[1] known as Hozier, is an Irish musician, singer and songwriter from Newcastle, County Wicklow.[2] He released his debut EP, featuring the hit single "Take Me to Church", in 2013 and his second EP, From Eden, in 2014. His debut studio album, Hozier, was released in Ireland in September 2014 and globally in October 2014.

Career[edit]

Beginnings[edit]

Hozier was born in Newcastle, County Wicklow, the son of a local blues musician.[3] He attended St. Gerard's School before he began studying music at Trinity College, Dublin, but dropped out midway through his first year to record demos for Universal Music.[4] While at Trinity, he became involved with the Trinity Orchestra. He was a member of Anúna from 2008 to 2012, and appears as a soloist on their 2012 release Illumination singing "La Chanson de Mardi Gras".[5] He toured and sang with the group internationally including performances in Norway and the Netherlands.[6]

2013–15: Take Me to Church and Hozier[edit]

Main article: Hozier (album)

In 2013, Hozier released the EP Take Me to Church (also containing "Like Real People Do", "Angel of Small Death and The Codeine Scene" and a live version of "Cherry Wine"), with the title track becoming his breakthrough single after it went viral on YouTube.[7] It reached number one on the Irish iTunes singles chart and number two in the official chart on 25 October 2013. Hozier followed up Take Me to Church with the new EP From Eden (also containing "Work Song", "Arsonist's Lullabye" and a live version of "To Be Alone"), and a number of festival tour dates and television appearances in the United States.[8] Hozier released his self-titled album, Hozier on 19 September 2014. It featured five singles, including Take Me to Church, Work Song, and From Eden, which were hits on his earlier EPs. On December 5, 2014, it was announced that "Take Me to Church" was nominated at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards for Song of the Year in 2015.

He performed for the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2014, Saturday Night Live,[9] and Late Night with Seth Meyers.[10][11]

He performed "Take Me to Church" with Annie Lennox at the 2015 Grammy Awards.[12]

He then performed "Take Me to Church" once again at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications Sales
IRE
[13]
AUS
[14]
BEL (FL)
[15]
CAN
[16]
DEN
[17]
GER
[18]
NLD
[19]
NZ
[20]
UK
[21]
US
[22]
Hozier 1 3 2 2 9 14 7 6 3 2

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[29]
Take Me to Church
  • Released: 2013
  • Label: Rubyworks
  • Format: Digital download
107
From Eden
  • Released: 9 March 2014
  • Label: Rubyworks
  • Format: Digital download
"—" denotes an EP that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications Album
IRE
[13]
AUS
[30]
BEL (FL)
[15]
CAN
[31]
DEN
[17]
GER
[18]
NLD
[19]
NZ
[20]
UK
[21]
US
[22]
2013 "Take Me to Church" 2 2 1 2 4 2 2 2 2 2 Hozier
2014 "From Eden" 2 59
"Sedated" 3
2015 "Work Song" 47 120
"Someone New" 13 24 55 90 35 19
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Promotional singles[edit]

Year Title Album
2014 "Arsonist's Lullabye" Hozier (Deluxe edition)

Awards[edit]

Billboard Music Awards
Year Recipient Award Result
2015 Hozier Top New Artist Nominated
2015 "Take Me to Church" Top Streaming Song (Audio) Nominated
2015 Hozier Top Rock Artist Won
2015 "Take Me to Church" Top Rock Song Won
2015 Hozier Top Rock Album Nominated
MTV Europe Music Awards
Year Recipient Award Result
2014 "Take Me to Church" Best Song with a Social Message Nominated
European Border Breakers Awards
Year Recipient Award Result
2015 Hozier Album of the Year Won
Grammy Awards
Year Recipient Award Result
2015 "Take Me to Church" Song of the Year Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hozier - Biography". Billboard.com. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Meet the Bray singer cracking America". Irish Independent. 13 March 2014. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "Hozier - Biography". Billboard.com. Retrieved 24 March 2015. 
  4. ^ "An interview with Hozier". Irish Times (Culture). 14 October 2013. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "Anúna News Page February 2014". 
  6. ^ Anna Job (1 August 2013). "Hozier | Interview". Goldenplec.com. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  7. ^ "Birth of a Buzz: Behind the Scenes as Hozier Goes Viral". Billboard.com. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  8. ^ "Wicklow singer Hozier takes The Ellen Show by storm". MSN News. 22 May 2014. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  9. ^ "DOUBLE whammy! Hozier's SNL performance is a total hit, with the Wicklow singer singing two hits". evoke.ie. 14 October 2014. 
  10. ^ "Living the dream! Hozier performs on stage at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, surrounded by lingerie clad beauties = 3 December 2014". evoke.ie. 
  11. ^ "Hozier joins Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande & Ed Sheeran to perform at Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2014". evoke.ie. 18 November 2014. Retrieved 28 April 2015. 
  12. ^ "Superstar duet! Guess who Hozier is performing with at the Grammy Awards?". evoke.ie. 29 January 2015. 
  13. ^ a b Hung, Steffen. "Discography Hozier". Irish Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  14. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discography Hozier". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  15. ^ a b Hung, Steffen. "Discografie Hozier". Belgium Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  16. ^ Canada, Billboard. "Hozier". Billboard. 
  17. ^ a b Hung, Steffen. "Discography Hozier". Danish Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  18. ^ a b Hung, Steffen. "Discographie Hozier". German Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  19. ^ a b Hung, Steffen. "Discografie Hozier". Dutch Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  20. ^ a b Hung, Steffen. "Discography Hozier". New Zealand Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  21. ^ a b
  22. ^ a b "Hozier – Chart History: The Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 
  23. ^ a b "Hozier dethrones James Bay to reclaim Irish No 1". 10 April 2015. Retrieved 28 April 2015. 
  24. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2015 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 6 March 2015. 
  25. ^ a b "Canadian certifications – Hozier". Music Canada. Retrieved 20 February 2015. 
  26. ^ a b "Certified Awards Search" (TO ACCESS, ENTER THE SEARCH PARAMETER "HOZIER" AND SELECT "SEARCH BY KEYWORD"). British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 13 December 2014. 
  27. ^ a b "American certifications – Hozier". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2 March 2015. 
  28. ^ [1]
  29. ^ "Hozier – Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 
  30. ^ "australian-charts.com - Discography Hozier". Hung Medien. Retrieved 4 April 2015. 
  31. ^ "Hozier – Chart History: Billboard Canadian Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 
  32. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 50 Singles Chart". Australian Recording Industry Association. 30 March 2015. Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  33. ^ "Ultratop − Goud en Platina – 2015" (in Dutch). Ultratop. Retrieved 20 February 2015. 
  34. ^ "Hozier - Take Me to Church" (in Danish). IFPI Denmark. Retrieved 15 November 2014. 
  35. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank". Retrieved 28 April 2015. 
  36. ^ "New Zealand single certifications – Hozier – Take Me to Church". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 

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