Hozier continues to gain steam with the contemporary folk smash “Take Me To Church.” Just this week the song just broke into the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The unlikely hit has joined the ranks in a chart dominated by pop princesses like Ariana Grande, Iggy Azaelea and Taylor Swift.
Hozier was born Andrew Hozier-Byrne on March 17, 1990 in Ireland. During a recent KROQ interview in Los Angeles, Hozier credited his father with exposing him to a diverse range of blues, jazz and folk (like Muddy Waters and Leonard Cohen) when he was growing up.
Hozier started a degree in music at Trinity College Dublin, where he was involved with the Trinity Orchestra, but dropped out in his first year to record demos for Universal Music.
During the KROQ interview he joked that he “did not recommend dropping out of school to pursue music,” laughing that it’s “good to have a back up plan.”
He released “Take Me to Church” along with a moving video for the title track which directly addressed gay discrimination in Russia. The song (and video) went viral on YouTube and Reddit and, as a result, Hozier found himself with an international audience.
An unlikely and unique singer/song writer, Hozier is a welcome addition to the manufactured pop that currently dominates the airwaves. Check out the live performance and official video below.
“Take Me To Church” Live on SNL
“Take Me To Church” Official