Hozier (musician)

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Hozier in 2015
Background information
Birth name Andrew Hozier-Byrne
Born (1990-03-17) 17 March 1990 (age 28)
Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland
  • Musician
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Years active 2008–present
Website hozier.com

Andrew Hozier-Byrne (born 17 March 1990),[1] known professionally by the mononym Hozier (/ˈhziər/[2]), is an Irish musician, singer and songwriter from County Wicklow.[3] In 2013, he released his debut EP, featuring the hit single "Take Me to Church". His eponymous debut studio album released in 2014, went number one in Ireland and scored top ten positions on global charts. It has attained a 6x Platinum accreditation from Ireland, indicating sales of over 90,000 copies. Hozier released his fourth EP in 2018 entitled "Nina Cried Power", featuring the title track as a single.



Hozier was born in Bray, Ireland.[4] Hozier's father is a local blues drummer whose day job was working at a bank until an operation to help a spinal problem resulted in nerve damage severe enough to necessitate a wheelchair.[5] His mother is an artist.[5]

Hozier and his sibling were raised in the minority Protestant Quaker faith.[5] Hozier has been writing songs since the age of 15.[6] Hozier attended Delgany National School and St. Gerard's School before he began studying music at Trinity College, Dublin. He dropped out midway through his first year to record demos for Universal Music.[7][8]

While at Trinity, Hozier became involved with the Trinity Orchestra. He was a member of the choral ensemble Anúna from 2009 to 2012, and appears as a soloist on their 2012 release Illumination singing "La Chanson de Mardi Gras".[9] He toured and sang with the group internationally including performances in Norway and the Netherlands.[10]

Hozier played at Oxegen Festival in 2009[11] and 2010.[12]

2013–2016: Hozier[edit]

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.[13][6] Released in September, the video was shared by Stephen Fry, appeared on the front page of Reddit, and went viral.[5][14][7] 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.[15] One of the tracks "Cherry Wine" appeared in Zach Braff's movie "Wish I Was Here", chosen for its heartbreaking lyrics and poetry.[16] The video for the song was released to raise awareness of domestic violence,[17] and was later performed on the Late Late Show with James Corden.[18][19]

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". "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,[20] 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.[21] In June 2016, Hozier released "Better Love", a song part of the Legend of Tarzan soundtrack.[22][23]

Hozier performing at the Troubadour in West Hollywood.

2018: Nina Cried Power EP[edit]

In September 2018, Hozier returned with the release of a new EP entitled Nina Cried Power. The record features a collaboration with Mavis Staples on the title track, as well as three other songs, entitled "NFWMB," "Moment's Silence," and "Shrike". The singer has stated that he is currently recording a second studio album.


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications Sales

Hozier 1 3 2 2 9 14 7 7 3 3 2

Extended plays[edit]

Title EP details Peak chart positions
Take Me to Church
  • Released: 2013
  • Label: Rubyworks
  • Format: Digital download
From Eden
  • Released: 9 March 2014
  • Label: Rubyworks
  • Format: Digital download
Live in America
  • Released: 31 July 2015
  • Label: Rubyworks
  • Format: Digital download
Nina Cried Power
  • Released: 7 September 2018
  • Label: Rubyworks
  • Format: Digital download
33 60
"—" denotes an EP that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications Album

2013 "Take Me to Church" 2 2 1 2 2 1 2 2 2 2 Hozier
2014 "From Eden" 2 59 69
"Sedated" 3
2015 "Work Song" 47 120
"Someone New" 13 24 55 90 13 19 101
2016 "Better Love" 72 The Legend of Tarzan
2018 "Nina Cried Power"
(featuring Mavis Staples)[53][54]
10 80 [A] 87 Nina Cried Power
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


  1. ^ "Nina Cried Power" did not enter the NZ Top 40 Music Chart, but peaked at number 27 on the NZ Hot Singles Chart.[55]

Promotional singles[edit]

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

Other charted songs[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album/EP
2018 "NFWMB" 27 Nina Cried Power
"Shrike" 31


BBC Music Awards
Year Nominee/work Award Result
2015 Hozier International Artist of the Year Nominated
"Take Me to Church" Song of the Year Won
American Music Awards
Year Nominee/work Award Result
2015 Hozier Favorite Alternative Artist Nominated
Billboard Music Awards
Year Nominee/work Award Result
2015 Hozier Top New Artist Nominated
Top Rock Artist Won
"Take Me to Church" Top Streaming Song (Audio) Nominated
Top Rock Song Won
Hozier Top Rock Album Nominated
Los Premios 40 Principales
Year Nominee/work Award Result
2015 Hozier Best International New Artist Nominated
"Take Me to Church" Best International Video Nominated
MTV Europe Music Awards
Year Nominee/work Award Result
2014 "Take Me to Church" Best Song with a Social Message Nominated
MTV Video Music Awards
Year Nominee/work Award Result
2015 "Take Me to Church" Best Rock Video Nominated
Best Direction Nominated
European Border Breakers Awards
Year Nominee/work Award Result
2015 Hozier Album of the Year Won
Grammy Awards
Year Nominee/work Award Result
2015 "Take Me to Church" Song of the Year Nominated
Teen Choice Awards
Year Nominee/work Award Result
2015 "Take Me to Church" Choice Rock Song Won
Juno Awards
Year Nominee/work Award Result
2016 Hozier International Album of the Year Nominated


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Preceded by
Maroon 5
Saturday Night Live musical guest
11 October 2014
Succeeded by
Iggy Azalea