Critically Acclaimed Hozier Becoming The Breakthrough Story Of The YearVideo Still From From HOZIER’s Take Me To Church!
(Columbia Records; New York, NY — September 22, 2014) Evocative Irish singer/songwriter Hozier is in the midst of the breakthrough story of the year, announcing a 2015 block of shows to follow up his sold out North American tour which kicks off on September 29th in Nashville TN. The 21 date trek runs through the first week of November with a pair of sold out shows at New York City’s Irving Plaza, November 5th and 6th. The 2015 portion will begin February 5th in San Diego, CA (see dates below) and winds up back in Nashville, TN on March 14th. Tickets go on-sale September 26th.
It’s been a whirlwind year for the soulful Hozier since posting his heartrending video for “Take Me To Church” on YouTube, which has amassed over ten million views. The rousing song is among the most reactive at Top 40 radio and Adult Top 40 radio, rocketing to #1 at the Triple A radio format, and currently approaching Top 5 at Alternative Radio. Early (and continued) support for the single was garnered across multiple SIRIUSXM channels. “Take Me To Church” has scored a combined total of more than 500,000 tracks sold – all before the self-titled album’s official release on October 7th. Hozier recently nailed a string of electrifying performances on The Late Show With David Letterman and The Ellen DeGeneres Show – and being awarded a coveted performance slot as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live on October 11th. Hozier is the first debut artist of 2014 to be booked on the show’s new season.
“Take Me To Church” has also become one of the most incredible Spotify success stories since the streaming service began six years ago. “The most viral artists Spotify has ever seen,” raved the Spotify News, with the song surpassing 20 million streams and Hozier landing six songs in the US Spotify Viral 50.
Calling his upcoming album a “mixed bag,” Hozier acknowledges influences of blues, folk, and soul – shredding this all-encompassing blend into a deftly woven signature sound that can be heard on his first two EPs, Take Me To Church and From Eden. Hozier co- produced the new album with Rob Kirwan (PJ Harvey and Depeche Mode), and fans who pre-order the self-titled debut receive a sizeable preview with five instant grat downloads made available: “Take Me To Church,” “From Eden,” “Work Song,” Cherry Wine” and “Jackie and Wilson.”
Tastemakers, critics, and artists have wholeheartedly embraced his spirited storytelling. He’s drawn praise from NPR, New York Magazine, KCRW‘s Morning Becomes Eclectic, WXPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week, MTV Buzzworthy, Consequence of Sound, and more, including features on NPR’s All Things Considered and Tiny Desk Concert.
A recent Boston Globe article echoed the praise that the 24 year old singer/songwriter received for his mesmerizing performance at this year’s Newport Folk Festival. Globe columnist James Reed compared Hozier’s stunning set to the first time he saw Arcade Fire and Amy Winehouse. “There was this unmistakable feeling that we were witnessing a star on the rise…” writes Reed. “When he (Hozier) left the stage, the audience stood starstruck.”
“Take Me To Church”