Almost a year after its initial release, Hozier's breakout hit "Take Me to Church" (below) is racing up the U.S. charts, establishing him as the next male voice to be reckoned with. With his stirring gospel-tinged single at No. 64 on the Hot 100 and his self-titled debut LP dropping today, it's the perfect time to get to know our latest Fuse Favorite a little better.
Surprisingly, the Irish singer/songwriter/guitarist reveals that music wasn't initially in the cards for him. "When I was in school, I wanted to be a psychologist, I wanted to be a doctor for awhile," he says. "But deep down, I knew I wouldn't be happy unless I really gave it a go. I wanted to write songs. I wanted to do what people I loved did, the people I really looked up to did—musicians and songwriters."
Hozier adds that the music he listened to as a teenager influenced everything from the sound we hear on his album to his instrument of choice.
"I grew up listening to blues music," the 24-year-old explains. "Even in my teens, most of the music I listened to was soul music and blues music. Learning how to play guitar was through blues music. A lot of [my] music is a mish-mash of soul and gospel and blues and rock. I think that's where it came from."
Get more info on Hozier's influences, album and much more from music's new soul brother in the interview above.
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