Born on St. Patrick’s Day and hailing from County Wicklow, Hozier was raised on the building blocks of popular music: rhythm and blues, soul, jazz and the deep dark stuff stretching from Chicago to the Delta. He joined his first band when he was 15 years old, fronting a soul band with some older heads. Taught himself to play guitar and piano, and went to Trinity College to study music.
The trio of awards, together with his Grammy and Brit nominations, and feverishly received live shows pay testament to the absolutely incredible rise Hozier has enjoyed since he began making noises on the music scene a little over 2 years ago.
His much lauded debut album entered the Billboard chart at no. 2 (the second biggest debut album of the year), number 5 in the UK chart, and enjoyed nine weeks at number 1 in his native Ireland. Indeed the album rose to no. 3 in the UK ahead of his third sell-out UK tour, while both “Take Me To Church”, and his most recent A listed single “Someone New”, gave the Irishman two singles in the UK Top30.
Hozier’s success hasn’t been confined to the UK and US with the album also achieving Multi-Platinum status in Belgium, Canada, Australia , Germany, France, Italy , Denmark , Ireland, Russia, Sweden, Poland, Switzerland, Austria and the Netherlands. Major TV appearances have helped spread the gospel including the recent show-stopping duet at the Grammys with Annie Lennox, stand-out appearances on Later with Jools, Jimmy Fallon , David Letterman, Saturday Night Live, Ellen, Jimmy Kimmel, Graham Norton, Coachella and a performance at the Victoria Secret’s Fashion show in London.
1.5 million plus albums sold worldwide, over 10 million singles, over 700 million streams, number 1 in the Global Spotify chart, 2014’s most viral track on Spotify, number 1 in the global Shazam chart, over 380 million video views (121m VEVO, 260m YT) and almost 1 million Facebook fans, all this has been achieved little over a year after headlining the 100-capacity Troubadour in Earls Court back in January 2014. Hozier continues to spread his live gospel with appearances at the V Festival on August 22nd/23rd.