Irish singer-songwriter Hozier performed a special live version of his signature hit, ‘Take Me To Church’ for Offshore Live Sessions programme,The Circle, and you can check it out below.
Offshore Live Sessions is designed for adventurous music fans keen to discover music that is off the mainstream. The main platform is The Circle: an online showcase to curate some of the best artists out there. Offshore describe themselves as “a bunch of creators from Berlin”, whose mission is “to showcase some of the best alternative & indie music out there – in creative ways. Follow us for a deep dive into the alternative scene.” You can discover more at the platform’s official website.
‘Take Me To Church’ has lasting resonance for Hozier. The song was released on his debut extended play (EP) and later his self-titled debut album from 2014. Hozier, a struggling musician at the time of its writing, wrote and recorded the song in the attic of his parents’ home in Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland.
“Growing up, I always saw the hypocrisy of the Catholic church”, Hozier said in an interview with Rolling Stone. “The history speaks for itself and I grew incredibly frustrated and angry. I essentially just put that into my words.”
In 2014, the song achieved widespread global popularity, topping the charts in 12 countries and reaching the top 10 in 21 other territories. Aided by music platforms Shazam and Spotify to become a rock radio hit in the US, the song spent 23 consecutive weeks at the top of the Hot Rock Songs chart, tied with Imagine Dragons’ ‘Radioactive’ as the longest-running number-one in its chart-history (at the time), later crossing over to the all-genre Billboard Hot 100, where it peaked at number two in December 2014.
The song was nominated for the Grammy Award for Song of the Year at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards and has been certified five times platinum in the US.