Hozier & Saoirse Ronan Join Forces To Shine Light On Issue Of Domestic Violence
Hozier & Saoirse Ronan
Join Forces To Shine Light On Issue Of Domestic Violence
New Video for Cherry Wine To Premiere on February 14th - Valentine’s Day
Single Released February 12th on iTunes To Benefit
Domestic Abuse Charities Worldwide.
singer / songwriter Hozier is making his song ‘Cherry Wine’ a clarion
call to highlight the issue of domestic violence. The Valentine’s Day
premiere of his powerful new video will address the issue head on while
Hozier, Columbia Records, Island Records and Sony/ATV Music Publishing
will donate their respective proceeds from downloads of this special
single to a series of international domestic abuse charity organizations
which provide support to victims and survivors of domestic abuse while
also engaging in advocacy and community outreach.
The compelling video stars 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.
Cherry Wine was written by Hozier from the male perspective of an abuse
sufferer. The song’s lyrics offer a unique insight into an abusive
relationship, shining a light on the cycle of ‘justification’ often
perpetuated in domestic violence incidents; that public health experts
say controls the abused, shames the victim, and shifts responsibility
for the abuser’s violent behavior.
Speaking of his decision to lead this charity 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 honored to be
joined by Saoirse Ronan, Dearbhla Walsh and Moe Dunford in spreading
awareness on this issue.”
Saoirse Ronan added, “I am equally honored 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 favorite 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”.
Ruth Glenn, Executive Director of The National Coalition Against
Domestic Violence, the American designated charity of this campaign,
expressed her thanks to Hozier and all involved in raising awareness
about domestic violence.
“On behalf of those victims and survivors in the United States, we
extend a heartfelt thank you to Hozier and all involved in releasing
‘Cherry Wine.’ The video is particularly exquisite in its portrayal of
the subtleties and insidiousness of domestic violence. Though the
domestic violence portrayed shows the relational interaction, it cannot
show the larger impact on society. Hozier is correct in his
identification of the issue and the hard fact that domestic violence is
still an issue that needs attention and action. Opening the door,
removing the stigma, and taking action is how we can really begin to
advance a society in which we create a culture where domestic violence
is not tolerated; a society that empowers victims and survivors and
holds abusers accountable.”
NCADV is the voice of victims and survivors in the United States. We
are the catalyst for changing society to have zero tolerance for
domestic violence. We do this by effecting public policy, increasing
understanding of the impact of domestic violence, and providing programs
and education that drive that change.
United States Domestic Violence statistics:
Every 9 seconds in the United States, a woman is assaulted or beaten.
In the United States, an average of 20 people are physically abused
by intimate partners every minute. This equates to more than 10 million
abuse victims annually.
On a typical day, there are more than 20,000 calls placed to domestic violence hotlines nationwide.
1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of [some form of]
physical violence by an intimate partner in the United States within
2015 was a stellar year for the Irish musician following two Billboard
Awards, a coveted Ivor Novello, VH-1 Artist Of The Year and stunning
sets at Glastonbury, Coachella and Red Rocks, among other summer
festival highlights. The quartet of awards, together with his Grammy,
BRIT, AMA and MTV Video music award nominations, and feverishly received
live shows pay testament to the absolutely incredible rise Hozier has
enjoyed since he began making noises on the music scene a little over
two years ago. His critically acclaimed debut album entered the
Billboard chart at number two (the second biggest debut album of the
year), number five in the UK chart, and enjoyed nine weeks at number one
in his native Ireland.
Hozier’s success hasn’t been confined to the US and UK with the album
also achieving multi-platinum status in Canada, Australia, Germany,
France, Austria, Italy, Denmark, Ireland, Belgium, Russia, Sweden,
Poland, Switzerland and the Netherlands. Major TV appearances have
helped spread the gospel including the show-stopping duet at the Grammys
with Annie Lennox, stand-out appearances on Jimmy Fallon, David
Night Live, Ellen, Jimmy Kimmel, Graham Norton, Later with Jools and a
performance at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion show in London.
He has sold 1.9 million plus albums and over 10 million singles worldwide and his music has been streamed over a billion times.
Saoirse Ronan is an award winning Irish Actress. She received an
Academy Award nomination for her role in 2007’s Atonement and has
starred in such films as The Lovely Bones, The Host, Hanna and The Grand
Her most recent film role is in the Oscar nominated Brooklyn. Her
acclaimed performance as Eilis in the film has so far garnered her an
Academy Award nomination for best actress, as well as best actress
nominations at The Critics Choice Awards, The Golden Globes, The BAFTA
Awards and the Screen Actors Guild Awards. She was awarded the best
actress award for this role by the New York Film Critics Circle and at
the British Independent Film Awards as well as being named British/Irish
actress of the year at the London Critics Circle Awards. In 2016 she
will take to the New York Stage in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible.
Dearbhla Walsh is an Irish film and television director. She won an Emmy
award for outstanding direction for the BBC serial “Little Dorrit”.
Dearbhla has also worked on Eastenders, Penny Dreadful and The Tudors.
Recently she directed Dame Judi Dench and Dustin Hoffman in Roald Dahl’s
Esio Trot. Cherry Wine is her music video directorial debut for which
she also wrote the video treatment.
Moe Dunford is an Irish actor best known for his lead role of Aethelwulf
in the hit TV series Vikings. He won an Irish Film and Television
Award for best lead actor for the film Patrick’s Day. Among many
international awards and nominations he received an EFP 2015 Shooting
Stars Award at the Berlin Film Festival. His other television work
includes roles in The Tudors and the HBO series Game of Thrones.
The wholesale price from the iTunes download of this special single
release in each country will be donated to the charities below. In the
United States, the minimum amount donated per sale will be $0.91.
List of Benefiting Charities
USA - National Coalition Against Domestic Violence -