Star also tells Gigwise: 'I want to write a song for Mavis Staples'
Andrew Trendell

14:20 21st May 2015

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Hozier has revealed that he hopes to start working on his next album in March 2016, and also opened up about the one superstar he'd love to write a song for. 

The chart-topping Irish singer-songwriter was speaking to Gigwise at the 2015 Ivor Novello Awards, where he's nominated for Best Song Musically And Lyrically for the globe-conquering 'Take Me To Church'. 

We asked him who else he most dreams of writing a song for. 

"I was talking about Mavis Staples at one stage, and I'd love to look into that, but I'll be on tour until March of next year with no time at all," Hozier told Gigwise. 

When asked about progress on his second album, Hozier said: "I'm trying to keep writing, and I might have a couple of hours a day, if that. I am very, very eager to have time in March to sit down and work on what I've been doing."

Watch Hozier explain the story behind 'Take Me To Church' below

Responding to the current situation of fellow nominee Sam Smith who is currently recovering after vocal surgery, Hozier said: "My heart goes out to him, he's been working incredibly hard over the last few years, he hasn't had a break. I hope he has a speedy recovery."

While Hozier may well be honoured today, he did admit to being more than a little envious of some of today's other nominees: "I have to say that when I listened to Bear's Den album, a lot of tears came to the eye on a lot of those tracks. I admire the songwriting so much. A real song is something that can really touch somebody." 

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