Hozier has simply taken the music scene by storm.
He has done this not only by redefining the music industry with his echo-ey sultry voice, folk-hymn sounds and perfect hair, but by selling out shows worldwide and a platinum self-titled album. From an appearance on SNL to a Grammy nomination for Song of the Year -- he's become a household name. However, not much is known by many about the dark-voiced handsome musician...that is, until now. The following list includes random and interesting facts about our dear Hozier.
1. Hozier was born Andrew Hozier-Bryne in County Wicklow, Ireland.
2. His father played blues in Dublin and was a heavy influence on him as a child.
"If it wasn't my dad's passion for music or the blues - I received much of my tastes from his record collection," he says. He joined his first band when he was 15 - a local blues band.
3. Hozier is a dog person.
The following is a picture of him and his dog, Elwood (Like the Blues Brothers).
4. His mother, Raine Hozier-Bryne, is the artist behind his album/EP covers.
5. Lyrics take time to write. "Take Me To Church" took about a year to write.
6. His handwriting is classy
7. "Take Me To Church" was inspired by him and his ex-girlfriend's break up and his love for Nina Simone, a singer songwriter and civil rights activist.
The break "completely changed the way he wrote." He describes the lyrics he wrote before as "juvenile, angsty, lonely songwriting that teenagers do."
8. His political presence is strong "Political inaction is action absolutely."
His music videos for songs such as Take me to Church and Cherry Wine make political statements about Gay Rights and Domestic Violence. He made this a charity single under the hashtag #faceuptodomesticviolence. The lyrics portray a man being abused and the heart break behind it, while the music video portrays a woman being abuse - thus confirming that domestic abuse matters regardless of gender.