Hozier has teamed up with Academy Award-nominated actress Saoirse Ronan to aid the #FaceUpToDomesticViolence campaign.
The Irish singer has released his new single “Cherry Wine” this Sunday (February 14) along with a meaningful video directed by Dearbhla Walsh and starring Ronan and Moe Dunford (Vikings).
While the song lyrics narrate the story of a male abuse sufferer from his point of view, the video depicts Ronan as the victim of an abusive relationship, resulting in a gender-balanced message against domestic violence for everyone to listen to.
“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,”Hozier said when questioned on the issue. He added: “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”.
As confirmed by Hozier’s label Island Records, the proceeds from downloads of “Cherry Wine” will be donated to a series of international domestic abuse charity associations.
Watch the video below.