The musician Andrew Hozier-Byrne, better known by his stage name, “Hozier,” is an Irish musician from Bray, County Wicklow.  The son of a musician, Byrne began with a degree in music at Trinity College, Dublin but dropped out midway through his first year in order to record demos for Universal Music.  While at Trinity, he became involved with the Trinity Orchestra.  He was a member of Anúna from 2009 to 2012 and appears as a soloist on their 2012 release, “Illumination,” singing “La Chanson de Mardi Gras,”.  He toured and sang with the group internationally which included performances in Norway and the Netherlands.

In 2013, Hozier released the EP “Take Me To Church,” with the title track becoming his breakthrough single after it went viral on YouTube and Reddit.  It reached number one on the Irish Itunes singles chart and number two on the official chart on October 25, 2013.

On June 24, 2014, Hozier announced that his debut solo record titled, “Hozier,” will be released on September 19, 2014 and will include all of his hit singles so far such as “Take Me To Church” and “From Eden” which was off of his second EP.

Hozier biggest hit “Take Me To Church” is a powerful, emotional ballad that sings of heartbreak and the trials of being in a relationship.  It is a hauntingly beautiful track with an almost gospel feel to the whole thing.  Give the track a listen for yourself and check out a few other of Hoziers hits below.  Also, if you like what you hear, be sure to pick up his debut album, “Hozier,” on September 19.

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