Written by The Spectrum’s Jess Besack

Here at The Spectrum, we search out up-and-coming bands for you, our listeners. We’re dubbing these artists you might not yet have heard Spectrum Certified. Here are two new artists we can’t stop listening to: soulful performer Hozier and folk-rock collective Bear’s Den.


Who: Hozier
Why The Spectrum Loves Him: Hozier is actually Andrew Hozier-Byrne, an Irish musician born on St. Patrick’s Day. His current single, Take Me to Church, which conjures up soul, blues, and a little Elton John, is from his EP of the same name. Follow Hozier on Twitter @Hozier.
Must-Hear Song: Take Me To Church

Hear more from Hozier.


Who: Bear’s Den
Why The Spectrum Loves Them: British folk-rockers Bear’s Den are a trio comprised of Andrew Davie, Joey Haynes, and Kevin Jones. They’re part of Communion Records, a collective founded by Mumford & Sons’ Ben Lovett. Their lead single, Writing On The Wall, is from their sophomore EP, Without/Within. Follow Bear’s Den on Twitter @bearsdenmusic.
Must-Hear Song: Writing On The Wall

Hear more from Bear’s Den.

Want to join us in our quest for new music? Simply tune into The Spectrum, Channel 28, to hear our latest picks, then let the Spectrum team know what you think by signing up to be a Spectrum Tastemaker, where you’ll receive music surveys where you can rate songs like the ones you hear from Spectrum Certified new artists. You can also connect with other Spectrum listeners and the Spectrum team on Facebook to share your opinion.

Photo credits: Rubyworks, Communion Records

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