I first heard Hozier towards the end of last year and was immediately struck by his voice – I hadn’t heard a voice that special in a really long time.

While everyone is saying his single Take Me To Church is reminiscent of Elton John–which is true–you can really hear Hozier’s soul, folk, gospel and American blues influences when he performs live.

Hozier performed two takes of Take Me To Church, and there were a handful of people in the control room watching and listening in silence. His voice sounds terrific on the record, but when you’re in the same room with it, you get chills! Not to mention the extra surprise of hearing this special arrangement of the song– it’s a more stripped-down version than the original that really shines a light on the lyrics.

Here at SiriusXM, we are certain that Hozier is on his way to explosive success, and we’re so honored to have been his first-ever U.S. radio visit. Hope you enjoy this performance of Take Me to Church as much as we did!

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