Front and Center Season Nine Premiere Episode with Hozier

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Singer/Songwriter’s Intimate New York City Performance Wows the Audience

Hozier performing on Front and Center at New York CIty's Gramercy Theatre

We really wanted to offer Front and Center’s audience a special experience to kick off the season. So, teaming up with such a beloved music discovery tool like Shazam just made sense to connect the viewers to Hozier’s music.

Front and Center, the critically acclaimed concert series, debuts this week (check local listings) with an episode featuring Hozier on public television. The Grammy-nominated and multi-Platinum singer/songwriter takes the stage at New York City’s Gramercy Theatre in this episode of Front and Center.

His debut studio album Hozier was released in 2014 and includes the multi-Platinum, Grammy-nominated anthem “Take Me To Church.” His much-anticipated sophomore studio album, Wasteland Baby!, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Hozier performs songs from the new album, “Movement” and “Almost,” as well as some of his hits including an impassioned “Take Me To Church,” “Nina Cried Power,” and fan favorite “Cherry Wine.” The trailer for this episode can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/3fYrAsWztuM.

“I’m thrilled to be a part of this season of Front and Center,” stated Hozier. “This performance at the Gramercy Theatre was one of the first times the band and I played songs from the new album outside of rehearsals. It was right before Wasteland, Baby! was released so it was exciting, and a little nerve-wracking, to test out the new material in front of a live audience and see their reaction in real time.”

As a bonus, Front and Center viewers will be able to use the Shazam app during this first episode and have access to an exclusive photo slideshow, to Hozier’s Wasteland Baby! album on Apple Music, and a breakout of all his songs that are performed on the Front and Center episode.

“We really wanted to offer Front and Center’s audience a special experience to kick off the season,” stated Don Maggi, Executive Producer of the show. “So, teaming up with such a beloved music discovery tool like Shazam just made sense to connect the viewers to Hozier’s music.”

Season nine of Front and Center boasts an all new line-up of Grammy Award winners, industry legends, emerging artists, and chart toppers. The new episodes include intimate performances from Hozier, Carly Pearce, Gary Clark Jr., Brett Young, lovelytheband, Robby Krieger and Friends, Chris Janson, The Head and the Heart, and Santana IV.

Full episodes will be streaming online at: https://www.pbs.org/show/front-and-center/.

Front and Center is a production of Front and Center Entertainment, LLC in association with WLIW, LLC for WNET. The series is distributed by American Public Television.

Videos and more information about Front and Center are available at http://www.frontandcenter.com and http://www.youtube.com/frontandcentertv.

About Front and Center Entertainment
Front and Center Entertainment, LLC produces the popular music performance television series Front and Center as well as the groundbreaking talk show Speakeasy and the monthly series MTV Live: Setlist. Since 2012 Front and Center has presented an eclectic mix of Grammy, Country Music Association, American Music and Academy of Country Music Award winners, rock icons and multi-platinum sellers including Keith Urban, Steven Tyler, Cyndi Lauper, Counting Crows, Rob Thomas, and The Avett Brothers. Speakeasy, which began airing in January 2015, features an iconic talent chatting intimately with an interviewer of their choice. Included are conversations with Roger Waters and Bill Weir, David Crosby and Wynton Marsalis, Sting and Shaggy, Lenny Kravitz and Sean Lennon, and Robbie Robertson with Warren Zanes. MTV Live: Setlist spotlights rising artists spanning multiple genres including St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Dua Lipa, and Muna.

About WNET
WNET is America’s flagship PBS station: parent company of New York’s THIRTEEN and WLIW21 and operator of NJTV, the statewide public media network in New Jersey. Through its new ALL ARTS multi-platform initiative, its broadcast channels, three cable services (THIRTEEN PBSKids, Create and World) and online streaming sites, WNET brings quality arts, education and public affairs programming to more than five million viewers each month. WNET produces and presents a wide range of acclaimed PBS series, including Nature, Great Performances, American Masters, PBS NewsHour Weekend, and the nightly interview program Amanpour and Company. In addition, WNET produces numerous documentaries, children’s programs, and local news and cultural offerings, as well as multi-platform initiatives addressing poverty and climate. Through THIRTEEN Passport and WLIW Passport, station members can stream new and archival THIRTEEN, WLIW and PBS programming anytime, anywhere.

About APT
American Public Television (APT) is the leading syndicator of high-quality, top-rated programming to the nation’s public television stations. Founded in 1961, APT distributes 250 new program titles per year and one-fourth of the top 100 highest-rated public television titles in the U.S. APT’s diverse catalog includes prominent documentaries, performance, news and current affairs programs, dramas, how-to programs, children’s series and classic movies. America’s Test Kitchen From Cook’s Illustrated, Cook’s Country, AfroPoP, Rick Steves’ Europe, Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street Television, Front and Center, Doc Martin, Nightly Business Report, Midsomer Murders, Lidia’s Kitchen, Kevin Belton’s New Orleans Kitchen, Simply Ming, The Best of the Joy of Painting with Bob Ross, and P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home are a sampling of APT’s programs, considered some of the most popular on public television. APT also licenses programs internationally through its APT Worldwide service and distributes Create®TV — featuring the best of public television's lifestyle programming — and WORLD™, public television’s premier news, science and documentary channel. To find out more about APT’s programs and services, visit APTonline.org.

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