Andrew Hozier-Byrne, known as Hozier on stage, is an Irish singer-songwriter who is making his solo debut this year. The son of a blues drummer, he grew up surrounded by the sounds of R&B and soul music. Hozier’s music reflects his deep appreciation for the blues and gospel music of his childhood. The mix of acoustic and electric instruments, folk influences and captivating vocal melodies give his music a soulful, emotional feel.
Hozier’s music career started early. He joined his first band at the age of 15 and briefly studied music at Trinity College Dublin before touring internationally as a member of the Irish choral ensemble Anúna in 2009. The artist has recently branched out on his own, releasing his first EP, “Take Me to Church,” in 2013, accompanied by a music video depicting the mistreatment of LGBTQ community members in Russia. The powerful message made the video viral, gaining Hozier international attention.
The artist’s second EP, “From Eden,” came out in March of this year, and Hozier’s debut album, “Hozier,” was released in the United States in early October. The album, which includes artwork designed by the artist’s mother, was released in Ireland on Sept. 22. It received rave reviews, going platinum in just one week and landing 10 songs in the Irish Top 100 Singles Chart.
Hozier is currently on tour in Europe, heading stateside in early February. Local fans can catch Hozier’s performance in Chicago, Ill., Columbus, Ohio and Royal Oak, Mich. Visit www.hozier.com for dates and tickets.
Songs to listen to: / Take Me to Church / From Eden / Sedated / Like Real People Do / Arsonist’s Lullaby / Jackie and Wilson
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