Paying tribute to essential American figures, Hozier took over the Tonight Show stage alongside gospel nice Mavis Staples on Wednesday (Oct. 24) for a robust efficiency of their activist anthem "Nina Cried Power."
The lead single from Hozier's new EP of the identical title is impressed by the influence of artists like Nina Simone, Billie Holliday, James Brown and Staples — crediting the legacy of protest music in making change. Starting with low notes and slowly increase — Hozier saved his signature, mysterious demeanor as a full band and a sequence of backing vocalists complemented his mighty vocal supply.
In between spiky, bass-filed riffs, he chanted the thought-provoking lyrics "It's not the music, it’s the singing/ It's the listening to of a human spirit ringing/ It is the bringing of the road/ It is the baring of the rhyme/ It's not the waking, it's the rising."
Representing two distinct musical eras, Hozier's efficiency was accentuated by Staples, who delivered her full-throated charisma together with her deep, affecting tenor. Hozier's EP Nina Cried Power is out now and will probably be adopted by a full-length album in 2019.
Watch Hozier and Mavis Staples' efficiency on The Tonight Show under.