RAMER, Alabama — While Hozier has garnered widespread acclaim for his profound lyricism, his personal life is fairly private; however, delving into his charitable endeavors, we see the Irish singer-songwriter’s consistent passion for social change and helping those in need.
2018: Charity Shows in Dublin
In the beginning of Hozier’s fame, the artist decided to use his voice for good in September 2018. He performed three charity shows in his homeland of Dublin, each dedicated to different charity organizations that address pressing social issues:
- Safe Ireland: Advocates for a society where women and children are safe from domestic violence.
- One In Four: Supports those who have suffered from sexual abuse.
- Peter McVerry Trust: Works towards a vision where everyone has a home.
These events, though significant in their contribution, were executed with little fanfare, reflecting Hozier’s dedication to the cause rather than the limelight.
2020: A Year of Charitable efforts
By 2020, Hozier was more of a household name. Yet, his increasing fame did not deter his dedication to philanthropy. He released “The Parting Glass,” giving his support to the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and Childline. The entirety of the proceeds was donated to these crucial child protection agencies in Ireland.
A Step Towards Hope: The Small Steps Project
The Small Steps Project speaks to the dire situations some children face daily. Their lives, marred by poverty, find them seeking shelter from garbage heaps. For two consecutive years, he donated shoes he had journeyed with — across stages and continents. These shoes, worn and filled with memories, were auctioned off to further the charity’s noble mission. Hozier’s poignant statement regarding his donation highlights his attachment: “This pair has been with me on land, sea, air and stage. I’m glad they can find a new home and support Small Steps Project.”
Bedtime Stories for Threshold
November 2020 saw Hozier telling tales, not through song, but bedtime stories. Alongside fellow Irish stars, he lent his voice to narrate stories that were sold for a heartwarming cause. The profits were channeled to Threshold, an organization fighting homelessness. This collaboration underscored his commitment to using every facet of his artistry for social betterment.
Earthquake Relief in 2023
In the face of a natural disaster, Hozier stepped up. In April 2023, he shared the stage with fellow artists for the Communion and Sounds of Solidarity Fundraiser. This initiative aimed to provide relief for the earthquake-stricken regions of Syria and Turkey. The funds were directed to War Child and Turkey Mozaik, both working tirelessly to aid the affected communities.
While Hozier’s commitment to philanthropy is evident through these endeavors, what’s more striking is his discretion. In a world where every good deed can be publicized, Hozier chooses to silently sow seeds of change. Music, in its essence, is a tool for change. Hozier exemplifies this by using his platform to aid those in need. Behind the spotlight, far from the adoration of fans, Hozier’s philanthropic efforts illuminate his true character.
– Mari Caitlin Riggles