It's not often that you stumble across a songwriter whose lyrics both sound and read like poetry. When those lyrics are set to music that balances burning indignation with lilting tenderness, and delivered in a voice imbued with the spiritual passion and yearning of gospel and the blues, you figure you've chanced upon something special. And so it is with 24-year-old Andrew Hozier-Byrne, an Irish singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from County Wicklow who goes by the name of Hozier.
The Wicklow, Ireland native recently performed at the Newport Folk Festival to rave reviews. NPR's Tiny Desk said of his performance, "Gently bone rattling voice, winning a new audience one beautifully sung phrase at a time." Billboard remarked, "Folk Festival attendees were treated to a sneak preview of Irish wunderkind Hozier's impassioned, richly-textured invocations at Saturday afternoon's For Pete's Sake… "Take Me To Church" was the real draw. People literally came running as soon as they heard the opening strains of that song."