Since debuting in 2009, Live from the Artists Den has earned a reputation for knowing which artists were poised to not just break big but totally blow up, featuring early sets from Adele (maybe you’ve heard of her?), Alabama Shakes, Zac Brown Band, and Ed Sheeran. It has also afforded acts the chance to play unique, historic, and gorgeous venues their tours wouldn’t normally stop in.
The 10th season, kicking off this weekend, features Hozier commanding the stage of the intimate, stunning Theater at LA’s Ace Hotel, alt-J at the Hall of the American Legion, Marina and the Diamonds at the fabled New York Hall of Science, and Gary Clark Jr. returning to the venue where he was first discovered, Antone’s in Austin, Texas.
Today, EW is excited to share Hozier’s performance of “Cherry Wine” from the season debut. “The Artists Den is inspiring and challenging at the same time,” the 26-year-old wrote in an email to EW describing the experience. “As a performer who has done a lot of concerts the past two years, it’s rewarding to be a part of a show with such a rich history of great performances in all these remarkable settings.” Throughout the hour-long episode, the singer performs much of his 2014 self-titled debut for the 1,600-seat audience and shares stories from his extensive touring.
“Truly nothing sweeter than seeing Hozier kill it on the guitar while harmonizing with his incredible band in an old 1927 theater,” said show founder Mark Lieberman of hosting the budding star on the program. “This season premiere sets a high bar for music television, we know fans will agree when they watch this magnificent episode.”
Hozier and his label are donating all proceeds from downloads of the special iTunes release of the song to a variety of domestic abuse charities. “Cherry Wine” was written from the perspective of a male victim of abuse, which the singer has detailed on his website and in interviews since its release. “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,” he said. It doesn’t take much more than a trip through the song’s stark video before that’s a mission accomplished.
Hozier’s Live from the Artists Den premieres on THIRTEEN in New York on Saturday, April 9 at 11 p.m., Sunday, April 10 at 8 p.m. on PBS Socal in Los Angeles, and on public television stations nationwide throughout the month. All listings for the Chase Sapphire-presented program can be found on the show’s information page.
After a landmark 2015, which featured his first Grammy nomination as well as enormous sets at festivals like Coachella and venues like New York City’s Radio City Music Hall, the singer is not currently on tour. He recently performed the single on the Late Late Show with James Corden.