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Kodi Lee Sounds So Smooth and Soulful Singing Hozier's "Take Me to Church"

The AGT: All-Star transformed Hozier's soulful ballad into a jazzy tune.

By Jessica White

America's Got Talent winner and AGT: All-Stars finalist Kodi Lee is no stranger to a rousing cover of an iconic track, and he has safely brought Hozier's "Take Me to Church" to new heights. 

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Lee loves covering power ballads, and AGT fans love listening. Michael Jackson's "Man in the Mirror," Train's "Drops of Jupiter," and the late Tina Turner's "The Best" are just a few iconic songs within Lee's recent roster of jaw-dropping covers, which the AGT legend shares on Instagram. On July 1, Lee took to the app to share his electric rendition of Hozier's iconic love ballad. 

Lee fearlessly tweaked the tune to make way for his ability to perfectly belt any note. His silky vocals and passionate piano playing steal the spotlight time and time again as he continues to prove that he can sing virtually any song at an All-Stars level.

"Happy Saturday Guys! Who remembers this song!? Thank you for all the awesome song suggestions 😎✨," Lee captioned the mind-blowing snippet on July 1. "What do you want to hear next!?👇 #takemetochurch #hozier #coversong #kodilee #kodileerocks #agtwinner."

What to know about "Take Me to Church" by Hozier

"Take Me to Church" is responsible for shooting the Irish musician Hozier to worldwide fame in 2013. The breakout single was later featured as the opening track on his 2014 self-titled debut album. The ballad centers around a lover comparing their relationship to religion as they reflect on their partner with awe. Hozier's platinum-level single has been covered dozens of times in media, notably in AGT Season 10 when Sharon Irving received a Golden Buzzer for auditioning with the Hozier ballad and in Season 7 of The Voice when Matt McAndrew covered the tune during his Top 12 performance.

Split image of Kodi Lee and Hozier

The lyrics to "Take Me to Church" by Hozier

My lover's got humor
She's the giggle at a funeral
Knows everybody's disapproval
I should've worshiped her sooner
If the Heavens ever did speak
She's the last true mouthpiece
Every Sunday's getting more bleak
A fresh poison each week
"We were born sick", you heard them say it
My church offers no absolutes
She tells me, "Worship in the bedroom"
The only Heaven I'll be sent to
Is when I'm alone with you
I was born sick, but I love it
Command me to be well
A-, Amen, Amen, Amen

Take me to church
I'll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies
I'll tell you my sins and you can sharpen your knife
Offer me that deathless death
Good God, let me give you my life
Take me to church
I'll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies
I'll tell you my sins and you can sharpen your knife
Offer me that deathless death
Good God, let me give you my life

If I'm a pagan of the good times
My lover's the sunlight
To keep the Goddess on my side
She demands a sacrifice
Drain the whole sea
Get something shiny
Something meaty for the main course
That's a fine looking high horse
What you got in the stable?
We've a lot of starving faithful
That looks tasty
That looks plenty
This is hungry work

Take me to church
I'll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies
I'll tell you my sins so you can sharpen your knife
Offer me my deathless death
Good God, let me give you my life
Take me to church
I'll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies
I'll tell you my sins so you can sharpen your knife
Offer me my deathless death
Good God, let me give you my life

No masters or kings when the ritual begins
There is no sweeter innocence than our gentle sin
In the madness and soil of that sad earthly scene
Only then I am human
Only then I am clean
Oh, oh, Amen, Amen, Amen

Take me to church
I'll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies
I'll tell you my sins and you can sharpen your knife
Offer me that deathless death
Good God, let me give you my life
Take me to church
I'll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies
I'll tell you my sins and you can sharpen your knife
Offer me that deathless death
Good God, let me give you my life