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With a voice of pure soul and goodness, it's no wonder why so many people have fallen in love with Hozier. The Ireland-born singer has made his triumphant return to the music scene after a two-year hiatus. The reason I enjoy Hozier's music so much is that it has a mix of so many genres from rock to blues and even folk. This shows that he likes to experiment when it comes to music and in result, he makes really good songs.
Hozier grew up in a very creative household; his mother was an artist and his father was a local blues drummer. He began writing songs at the age of 15 and eventually attended and studied music at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. He dropped out midway through his first year to record demos for Universal Music.
In July of 2013, Hozier released the EP "Take Me to Church." The title track was a blues-gospel pop song with lyrics about finding comfort in a significant other. This single achieved global success, scoring top five positions around the world and gained multi-platinum certifications. In 2014, Hozier released his second EP "From Eden," the title track was "Cherry Wine" and it appeared in the movie Wish I Was Here. Following the release of his second EP, Hozier released his self-titled album in September of 2014. It featured five singles that include "Take Me to Church," "Someone New," "Work Song," and "From Eden." The single "Take Me to Church" was later nominated for Song of the Year at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards in 2015. At the show, he performed the song with Annie Lennox and later at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards.
Hozier—"Take Me to Church" Live on Jimmy Fallon
Two years following his last single "Better Love" for the movie Legend of Tarzan, in September of this year Hozier returned to the music scene with a new EP titled "Nina Cried Power." The EP features a collaboration with Mavis Staples on the title track, as well as three other songs, titled "NFWMB," "Moment's Silence," and "Shrike." This EP is only the beginning, Hozier is currently recording a second studio album and may be released at the beginning of 2019. The first single, "Movement," was released on November 14th, 2018. The video for the single stars Ukrainian ballet dancer Sergei Polunin.
In an interview with Billboard Hozier discusses how he came across the dancer. In the interview, he talked about how he came across Polunin when he saw his ballet performance of "Take Me to Church." He stated in the interview that:
"I believe one of the greatest things to come of your own work is for it to form part of another artist’s vision...That performance itself gave rise to ideas in the song ‘Movement,’ so I was incredibly proud to work with Sergei on this video. Sergei Polunin is a once in a generation talent. He’s a man of incredible skill and artistry and shows a dedication to his art form that I find inspiring..."
Sergei was very happy that Hozier wanted to work with him and be a part of the music video. He stated that when he first heard the song he thought that Hozier created a masterpiece and this song really inspired him just like "Take Me to Church."
Sergei Polunin—"Take Me to Church"
After reading this article, I hope you go and listen to some of Hozier's music. I am really excited to see what Hozier has in store for us in 2019.