It’s hard to remember a time before Hozier in Irish music. Andrew John Hozier-Byrne, a Wicklow native, comfortably ranks among the giants of the Irish music pantheon, both in terms of critical and commercial esteem.
He holds the third highest-selling single of any Irish artist in the last 20 years in America (source), his magnanimous debut ‘Take Me To Church’.
Yet, the surprising truth is that it’s been less than 10 years since the release of Hozier’s debut EP Take Me To Church, the namesake single from which, released under Rubyworks Records, went double platinum, peaking at number 2 in the Billboard Top 100.
In that short space of time, Hozier has been consistently active. Releasing the follow-up EP From Eden, a subsequent self-titled debut album followed in 2014, the Nina Cried Power EP and its full-length successor Wasteland, Baby! landed in 2019. This is coupled with a handful of massive single releases, including the recent ‘Tell It To My Heart’, and a busy touring schedule that has seen him headline sold-out arenas around the world.
In short, it’s been busy. So, let’s take a moment to sketch out a timeline of Hozier’s career to date, using 7 of his most iconic tracks to help us on our way.