Andrew Hozier-Byrne, known simply as Hozier, is quickly becoming one of the biggest names in not only Irish, but world music. Touring internationally and playing sell-out gigs from America to Australia, this Wicklow-born musician is the latest in a long line of talented musicians to come from the Emerald Isle. His simple guitar riffs blend seamlessly with his soulful voice and poetic lyrics, and traces of blues, folk and even gospel run through his music. His most well-known, Grammy-nominated hit, ‘Take Me to Church’, has been occupying the airwaves since its release. Its lyrics touch on social issues, such as religion and homophobia, in Ireland and beyond. Hozier is not afraid to speak out and raise awareness, using his music and new found fame as a platform for LGBT rights. His self-titled album, Hozier, was released in 2014 and it never seems to tire. Recently voted VH1 Artist of the year, the musician’s talent is attracting attention across Europe and beyond, so take yourself to Razzmatazz and awe at his unparalleled sound—next time he’s in town, it might not be in such an intimate setting.
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