Wednesday 21 February 2018

Hozier receives apology from Canadian musician over Take Me to Church plagiarism claims

Hozier achieved mainstream international success last year with his single Take Me To Church
Hozier achieved mainstream international success last year with his single Take Me To Church
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Hozier has received an apology from Canadian musician Chilly Gonzales after the artist made an "unfair inferral".

Chilly Gonzales, a Canadian songwriter and producer, recently claimed Hozier's hit track Take Me to Church was "almost exactly the same" as his fellow Canadian singer Feist's song How Come You Never Go There.

Gonzales made the claims on Cologne station 1Live and the clip was later posted on YouTube but has now been removed.

To clear things up, Hozier posted the following statement to his official Facebook fan page:

"There has been some talk in the press of legal action and I'd like to clarify my position and the goings-on of the past week for fear that gossip runs unchecked, as it often does. What was sought from my end was an apology and redaction of an unfair inferral."

"This has been issued by Jason Beck (Chilly Gonzales), which I very much appreciate. I will continue to follow and respect his work and look forward to moving on from this issue. Jason Beck has been co-operative and understanding, and there are no hard feelings on my part.

Thank you. Andrew Hozier-Byrne."

Take Me to Church catapulted the Wicklow singer to stardom and the track was recently nominated for Song of the Year at the Grammy Awards.  It has so far accumulated more than 82m views on YouTube.

Feist's song was released in 2011 while Take Me to Church was released in September 2013.

Have a listen to both tracks:

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