10 Things About Hozier You May Not Have Known
The Irish crooner and songwriter, Hozier is known for his single smash “Take Me to Church” which was released in 2013. He smashed through the Ireland music ceiling and made U.S.A. top charts in 2014. See his video here: Take Me to Church.
Hozier was born in Bray, Ireland in March 1990. He attended college but chose to drop out prior to graduating to pursue a demo-recording break at Universal Music, which is the largest music company in the world located in Santa Monica, California. His musical beginning included time in a local Orchestra and was a vocal member of Chorale ensemble from 2007 to 2012.
To know more about him, here are 10 additional facts about Hozier you may not have previously known:
- Hozier is Not Really Hozier
Everyone knows the singer by his on-stage moniker: “Hozier”. Do you know what name was given to him when he was born? Andrew Hozier-Byrne. His double-barrel surname has befitted his celeb identity.
- Blues for the Irish
Hozier is known for his blues-flowing vocals and melody, which is a direct contradiction to his birthplace, Ireland. Although he grew up appreciating the musical sounds of his country, his home was filled with the love of Blues. This leads us to point #2…
- Apple and the Tree
The singer’s father was a professional Blues drummer and played all around Dublin. There is no doubt that the apple didn’t fall far from the tree in this case!
- Mamma Gets in on the Action
There seems to be limitless creativity flowing through the Byrne family. His mother created the surreal artwork on Hozier’s debut studio album cover. Rose Hozier-Byrne was the mastermind behind all the mixed-imagery on his EP cover.
- Take Me to Church Burns with a Message
If you have not seen the video for “Take Me to Church” then you need to give it a few minutes of your attention. According to Hozier, the song is about “being human and what it is to love someone as a human being, and organizations that would undermine that…” His video depicts two men living in Russia, being in love and what consequences evolve from their love in a repressed society. This video was created intentionally to raise international awareness and support for the LGBT community.
- To Assume or Not to Assume…
Recently, back stage during the Lollapalooza show, Hozier spoke about the content of his “Take Me to Church” video and proclaimed that gay marriage isn’t controversial at all for him. Many now believe that this song may be an indirect coming-out ballad. When asked about it, Hozier gave a nebulous confirmation. He is actually content with the assumptions and doesn’t try to sway his audience in any particular direction these days.
- Hozier has a Superstar Fan Base
This Irish bluesy songbird is already attracting a famous fan base and hasn’t been a superstar so long. Ed Sheeran has already taken the “Take Me to Church” single and made it his own on BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge, and Classical Oasis created a crossover instrumental version and even filmed a music video!
- Move Over Ed
“Take Me to Church” has become so popular, everyone wants to get his or her hands on it. During the 2015 Grammy Awards Show, Hozier performed the song with the untouchable and lovely Annie Lennox.
- Fascination with Female Vocals
Hozier admits that he has a particular beguilement with female powerhouse vocalists. Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald predisposed his musical tastes. Being a vocalist himself, the voice is everything.
- Ever Wanted to Call a Celebrity?
To celebrate his album release on October 7th 2014, Hozier posted his cell phone number to his fans on Twitter telling them all to call him. Having 65,000 followers his cell phone basically blew up with phone calls and text messages. The plan was to change his cell number the next day.
If you haven’t listened to his amazing talent, take a few minutes to listen to the song on YouTube.