Hozier and Saoirse Ronan team up for Cherry Wine video
Hozier has teamed up with Saoirse Ronan to raise awareness of domestic violence.
The 25-year-old singer/songwriter is "honoured" to have the Oscar-nominated actress in his music video for his song 'Cherry Wine', in which she depicts a woman having to deal with a physically abusive relationship.
Discussing the artistic project, he 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."
And Saoirse hopes the video will "shine light on the issue" and was also thrilled to work with the Irish musician.
She said: "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."
'Cherry Wine' - taken from Hozier's 2014 self-titled debut LP - was written from the male perspective of an abuse suffer.
The video will premiere on Valentine's Day (14.02.16) this weekend. Proceeds from the single sales will benefit domestic abuse charities worldwide including Women's Aid in the UK.