Hozier is making his new single ‘Cherry Wine’ a clarion call to highlight the issue of domestic violence.
The track was released on February 12 to benefit domestic abuse charities worldwide, including Women’s Aid in the UK.
‘Cherry Wine’ was written by Hozier from the male perspective of an abuse sufferer, with the video for the track – which premiered on Valentine’s Day – starring two time Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan in a moving portrayal of a woman dealing with a physically abusive relationship.
The clip also stars actor Moe Dunford (Vikings, Game Of Thrones) and is directed by Emmy winning Irish director Dearbhla Walsh.
Speaking of his decision to lead the #FaceUpToDomesticViolence campaign, Hozier said: “Domestic violence is an ongoing issue in our society, the statistics of which are shocking and the effects of which damage whole families, communities and span generations.
“With the song ‘Cherry Wine’, I tried to get across the difficulty of coming to terms with and facing up to domestic violence and the dynamic of an abusive relationship. I’m honoured to be joined by Saoirse Ronan, Dearbhla Walsh and Moe Dunford in spreading awareness on this issue.”
Ronan added: “I am equally honoured to join Hozier to create awareness for the #FaceUpToDomesticViolence campaign with the release of ‘Cherry Wine’ as a charity single. The song has always been one of my favourite tracks on his album.
“I hope through the video and song we can shine light on the issue and complexity of domestic abuse and in doing so help those caught up in the cycle of domestic violence.”
Hozier’s label Island Records has confirmed they will donate their respective proceeds from downloads of ‘Cherry Wine’ to a series of international domestic abuse charity organisations.