Hozier gave a busker a welcome surprise as he performed “Take Me to the Church.”
In footage during the rounds of social media, the performer is seen working his way through Hozier’s 2014 hit when a masked shopper stops by to drop cash in his guitar case.
The singer immediately recognizes his patron, and halts his performance. “Thank you so much, have a good one man,” he says. “Wow, that was Hozier.”
A spokesman for the Irish artist’s label Sony Music confirms to Billboard that it is indeed Hozier in the video.
“Take Me To Church” Is my favourite song to sing, Stoked @Hozier Got to hear me Sing it and to get his seal of approval!
What an absolute Gentleman @Hozier Thanks for the Tip 🙏 Will be framing that one 💶 😊#hozier #dublin #ireland #takemetochurch #busking #Ireland https://t.co/WJc6QiyKWG pic.twitter.com/Gzw8xGP5s3
— Martin Mcdonnell (@McdonnellMusic) October 12, 2020
“Take Me to the Church” was an international smash, and a career launching pad for Hozier (full name Andrew Hozier-Byrne). Following its release, the song peaked to No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and the album it was lifted from, Hozier, went to No. 2 on the Billboard 200.
The Irishman went on to collect a pair of Billboard Music Awards in 2015, for top rock song and top rock artist, and he performed “Church” on the night.
His sophomore album from 2019, Wasteland, Baby!, went one better when it bowed at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.