All you need is a song.
With the right tune you can go from nobody to international singing star overnight. If you don’t believe that to be true just ask Hozier.
"I always thought of myself as a very, very obscure artist. I never thought Irish radio would be turned on by my music — or any f**king radio station, excuse my French." — Hozier
Andrew Hozier-Byrne, who goes by the moniker “Hozier,” is an award winning singer-songwriter from Ireland. He went from obscurity to being in everyone’s iTunes thanks to “Take Me to Church.” A song he wrote and recorded in his parent’s attic.
“Take Me to Church” dropped Sept. 13, 2013 and the following year it went to the top of charts in more than a dozen countries.
It did not summit the main singles chart in the United States. On the Billboard Hot 100, the song stalled at number two.
The single, however, did top Billboard’s Hot Rock Songs, Adult Alternative Songs, and Adult Top 40 charts.
“Take Me to Church” was nominated for a Grammy Award for Song of the Year but lost to Sam Smith’s “Stay with Me.”
“Take Me To Church” Topped Charts In The Following Countries: Austria Belgium Canada Czech Republic Greece Hungary Iceland Indonesia Italy Lebanon Luxembourg Poland Slovakia Sweden Switzerland
“Take Me to Church” is a masterful combination of rock, soul, blues, and gospel. When it was released there was nothing like it in popular music or Top 40 radio.
Lyrically, the song derides the Catholic Church over its views of homosexuality. This has prompted some to think Hozier is gay. He is not.
Hozier-Byrne was born on March 17, 1990—yes, he was born on St. Patrick’s Day. His father was a drummer in a blues band and introduced his son to the genre. Growing up, instead of listening to popular music, Hozier-Byrne “developed a fascination with the roots of African-American music.”
Hozier taught himself to play guitar and piano.
For a while, he study music at Trinity College but dropped out to try and make it big in the music business.
Hozier’s self-titled debut dropped Sept. 14, 2014. The album has since been certified Gold in the United States.
Besides being a successful recording artist, Hozier is also an amazing live performer. Hozier tickets are always in high demand and have been collected at venues all over the world.