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It has been a whirlwind year for 25-year-old Andrew Hozier-Byrne. The Irish-born Hozier's, "Take Me To Church," has become a mainstay on radio, after becoming a huge on hit on Rock radio before crossing over to the Pop airwaves. With a Grammy Nomination for Song of the Year and a performance at the Billboard Music Awards and SNL, Hozier's unique blend of indie blues has clearly struck a chord.
Before his main performance in the MGM Grand Arena, Hozier gave the iHeart Radio Daytime Village crowd a taste of what was to come. In the hot Las Vegas festival, he opened up with, "Jackie and Wilson," a tale of fallen lovers, followed by his bluesy ode to addiction and death, "Angel of Small Death and The Codeine Scene," Hozier proved his entire catalogue of songs are extremely promising.
Only a couple of years ago, Hozier was living in his parent's attic when he composed, "Take Me To Church." He later made a low-budget music video that quickly went viral, with over 80 Million hits. The slow-paced, soulful vocals came as almost a shock to most listeners once hitting American shores. Hozier's incredible voice hides pain, and the song's haunting tone and honesty make the rock gospel the standout song of last year.
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Placed between singer Tori Kelly and R&B star, Trey Songz, Hozier's set was a standout at the 2nd year of the Daytime Village, which features artists across a large variety of music. He held company with fellow rock acts like 70's throwback band, The Struts, and breakout British folk artist, George Ezra. These bands are all part of a new wave of back-to-basics traditional rock and folk music to the mainstream, after the massive rise in popularity of bands like The Black Keys and Mumford & Sons.
A song as big as, "Take Me To Church," has momentum and Hozier is clearly rolling with it. His self-titled debut, "Hozier," has been a huge hit both commercially and critically and has proven he is far more capable than being a one-hit-wonder. His distinct soulful sound has made him an artist to watch out for in the coming years.