Hozier (musician)

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Hozier
Hozier 2015 01 (cropped).jpg
Hozier in 2015
Background information
Birth name Andrew Hozier-Byrne
Also known as Hozier
Born (1990-03-17) 17 March 1990 (age 27)
Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Musician
  • singer
  • songwriter
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Years active 2008–present
Labels
Website hozier.com

Andrew Hozier-Byrne (born 17 March 1990),[1] known professionally by the mononym Hozier, is an Irish musician, singer and songwriter from 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, the son of a local blues musician, was born in Bray.[3] He was raised in the minority Protestant Quaker faith[4] and attended Delgany National School and 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.[5] While at Trinity, he 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."[6] He toured and sang with the group internationally including performances in Norway and the Netherlands.[7]

2013–2016: Hozier[edit]

In 2013, Hozier released the EP Take Me to the Church (also containing "Like Real People Do", "Angel of Small Death & the Codeine Scene" and a live version of "Cherry Wine"), with the title track becoming his breakthrough single after it went viral on YouTube.[8] It reached number one on iTunes 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.[9] 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 5 December 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,[10] and Late Night with Seth Meyers.[11][12]

He was nominated for a Grammy Award and he performed "Take Me to Church" with Annie Lennox at the 2015 Grammy Awards.[13]

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

In June 2015, he sang the recessional hymn at the funeral of Olivia Burke, a 21-year-old Irish J-1 visa student who was killed along with five others when an apartment balcony collapsed in Berkeley, California.[14] The same month, he also played the Glastonbury Festival.

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.[15]

In 2016, he released the video for the song "Cherry Wine" to raise awareness of domestic violence.[16]

In June 2016, he announced a new song "Better Love", the song as part of The Legend of Tarzan soundtrack, was released with the official video.[17][18]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications Sales
IRE
[19]
AUS
[20]
BEL
(FL)

[21]
CAN
[22]
DEN
[23]
GER
[24]
ITA
[25]
NLD
[26]
NZ
[27]
UK
[28]
US
[29]
Hozier 1 3 2 2 9 14 7 7 3 3 2

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[37]
Take Me to Church
  • Released: 2013
  • Label: Rubyworks
  • Format: Digital download
107
From Eden
  • Released: 9 March 2014
  • Label: Rubyworks
  • Format: Digital download
Live in America
  • Released: 31 July 2015
  • 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
[19]
AUS
[38]
BEL
(FL)

[21]
CAN
[39]
GER
[24]
ITA
[25]
NLD
[26]
NZ
[27]
UK
[28]
US
[29]
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
[47]
The Legend of Tarzan
"—" 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]

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

References[edit]

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  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. ^ O’Regan, Brendan. "RTÉ’s new season is a mixed blessing". The Irish Catholic. Retrieved 27 May 2016. 
  5. ^ "An interview with Hozier". Irish Times (Culture). 14 October 2013. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  6. ^ "Anúna Timeline June 2015". 
  7. ^ Anna Job (1 August 2013). "Hozier | Interview". Goldenplec.com. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  8. ^ "Birth of a Buzz: Behind the Scenes as Hozier Goes Viral". Billboard.com. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  9. ^ "Wicklow singer Hozier takes The Ellen Show by storm". MSN News. 22 May 2014. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  10. ^ "DOUBLE whammy! Hozier's SNL performance is a total hit, with the Wicklow singer singing two hits". evoke.ie. 14 October 2014. 
  11. ^ "Living the dream! Hozier performs on stage at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, surrounded by lingerie clad beauties = 3 December 2014". evoke.ie. 
  12. ^ "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. 
  13. ^ "Superstar duet! Guess who Hozier is performing with at the Grammy Awards?". evoke.ie. 29 January 2015. 
  14. ^ "Hozier performs at funeral of Olivia Burke – Tributes to ‘caring, considerate’ daughter". evoke.ie. 24 June 2015. 
  15. ^ "We Need More Hozier + Tori Kelly Collabs Like This Joint Performance Of "Blackbird" At VH1's Big Music In 2015 Concert". 
  16. ^ "Hozier- Cherry Wine". 13 February 2016. 
  17. ^ "Hozier announced the song "Better Love"". 15 June 2016. 
  18. ^ "Hozier - Better Love (From The Legend of Tarzan - Single Version)". 16 June 2016. 
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  30. ^ a b "Hozier dethrones James Bay to reclaim Irish No 1". 10 April 2015. Retrieved 28 April 2015. 
  31. ^ Ryan, Gavin (10 October 2015). "ARIA Albums: Triple J's 'Like a Version 11' Stops Cold Chisel From Debuting At No 1". Noise11. Retrieved 10 October 2015. 
  32. ^ a b "Canadian certifications – Hozier". Music Canada. Retrieved 20 February 2015. 
  33. ^ a b c d "Certified Awards Search" (To access, enter the search parameter "Hozier" and select "Search by Keyword"). British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 4 July 2015. 
  34. ^ a b "American certifications – Hozier". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  35. ^ "New Zealand album certifications – Hozier – Hozier". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  36. ^ "Billboard 200 Chart Moves: ‘Hozier’ Has Sold a Half-Million - Billboard". Billboard. 
  37. ^ "Hozier – Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 
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  41. ^ "Ultratop − Goud en Platina – 2015" (in Dutch). Ultratop. Retrieved 20 February 2015. 
  42. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank". Archived from the original on 24 November 2015. Retrieved 28 April 2015. 
  43. ^ "Hozier - Take Me To Church" (in Italian). FIMI. 
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  46. ^ "NZ Top 40 Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 26 June 2015. 
  47. ^ "GFK Chart-Track". Retrieved 10 July 2016. 

External links[edit]

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