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known as Enya - was born in 1961, 17 May, and spent her childhood in Gweedore (in County Donegal, situated in the north-west of Ireland, one of the main redoubts of the Irish language). There are nine brothers and sisters. Apart from Enya, who is in the middle, there are four other girls and four boys. All the family have won many competitions and are famous in national traditional [music] circles.
Whilst at school, Enya studied the piano and classical music. Three of her brothers and sisters, Máire Ní Bhraonáin (Mary Brennan), Ciarán Ó Braonáin (Kieran Brennan) and Pól Ó Braonáin (Paul Brennan) formed, together with their uncles Pádraig Ó Dugáin (Patrick Duggan) and Noel Ó Dugáin (Noel Duggan), a folk music group (at first with a certain American feel and then more purely Irish, though influenced by jazz and by others such as Pentangle). The group was named Clannad, a contraction of "the family from Gweedore" in Irish. In 1980, at the suggestion of their manager, Fachtna O'Kelly, Enya became a member of the group, participating in the recording of two of their albums, Crann Ull and Fuaim. Apart from providing vocals, she played the Wurlitzer electric piano and later the Prophet 5 synthesizer. She performed with Clannad on many occasions, until, in February 1982, on completing a European tour, she left the group, no one really knowing why. Perhaps she was fed up with being treated as just the little sister.
Since then she has lived in Artane, in the north of Dublin, sharing a house together with Nicky Ryan and Roma, his wife, who comes from Belfast. All had been involved with Clannad at some time. Nick Ryan had worked as a sound engineer with Planxty and later with Clannad, at the time the group was starting out. In 1980, their manager, Fachtna O'Kelly, took charge of the new group The Boomtown Rats, for which reason Nicky thenceforth took charge of their [Clannad's] work. In his house he installed a recording studio, Aigle. There he has recorded, for example, Christy Moore's album Ordinary Man, which has three songs in which Enya takes part in the chorus.
It was also Fachtna O'Kelly who suggested to Enya after she left Clannad, that she devote herself to composing for films. And so, in 1984, she approached her first important task. Roma Ryan had sent a cassette of Enya to film producer David Puttnam, who already had to his credit such titles as Midnight Express, Chariots Of Fire and Los Gritos Del Silencio. Puttnam asked her to compose dreamy and romantic music with a sixties feel for the feature film The Frog Prince.
Having a studio at her disposal, Enya worked almost always at home with the Roland Juno 60 synthesizer or the Kurzweil sampler, and then added piano and voice. Nicky Ryan recorded everything and helped to put the compositions into their final form.
The next commission was for the BBC. It was to prepare music for an important television documentary series on the history of the Celtic civilisation throughout its 2700 years. The series was called The Celts. The composition took ten months work. The music was liked so much that the BBC decided to release a selection as an independent record, before the series was broadcast and entitled simply Enya, with barely a mention in the liner notes that it was a soundtrack. She played nearly all the instruments on the album, sometimes doubling up as many as eighty voices to create her characteristic sound, of dense textures, and ethereal voices, dreamlike and enchanting. It was to paint by means of synthesizers a modern sonic landscape that could evoke different atmospheres, from the mournful lament of 'Deireadh An Tuath' to the striking 'Boadicea', with its astounding dynamic of overdubbed voices. Nicky Ryan acted as producer and co-author of the arrangements and his wife Roma wrote nearly all the lyrics, for the most part nearly inaudible or impenetrable, giving an evanescent character to the music by being sung in Latin, Welsh or Scottish Gaelic.
Only on three of the pieces did other musicians take part, one on each. Patrick Halling, a classical violinist who frequently plays in recording sessions for rock artists (Jethro Tull and Steve Howe, for example), added delicate nuances to the final track. The great piper Liam Óg O'Floinn (or Liam O'Flynn, founder member of Planxty and regular collaborator of composer Shaun Davey) played the melody part of 'The Sun In The Stream'. Lastly, the guitarist Arty McGlynn (ex-member of Van Morrison's band and of Planxty and current member of Patrick Street) correspondingly completed with his elegant flourishes the only song whose lyric was comprehensible to us, being in English and sung clearly, 'I Want Tomorrow'. It was, moreover, the song chosen as a single and video (curiously, in the video the guitar is not heard.)
This record subsequently climbed to number one in the Irish charts, which started the commercial rise of Enya. She collaborated with the singer Sinéad O'Connor reciting a short text on 'Never Get Old' from her album The Lion And The Cobra.
She signed with an important multinational (WEA), and had a resounding success with her second album Watermark, which has passed 10 million sales worldwide, and has gone platinum in 14 different countries, helped by the single 'Orinoco Flow', a No 1 hit in Britain. Then she repeated her world success with Shepherd Moons, which spent an amazing 199 weeks on the Billboard charts in the USA and has sold over 11 million copies.
A new version of the album Enya was released as The Celts and in 1995 with The Memory of Trees was yet another smash hit album. Enya has been nominated for four Grammy Awards and has won two, both for "Best New Age Album", Shepherd Moons in 1992 and The Memory of Trees in 1997. Also in 1997 she released a compilation album titled Paint The Sky With Stars that contained a selection of the Enya better known themes and two new songs: 'Paint The Sky With Stars' and 'Only If...' That year itself came out A Box Of Dreams; a box set that contained a three CD collection and an illustrated booklet. The CDs were entitled Oceans, Clouds and Stars, and they cover the Enya career since her debut in 1987.
The artist spent the remainder of the decade contributing soundtrack material to various projects, before returning to the studio to record A Day Without Rain, her first new studio album in five years. Of this album she says, "The title refers to the mood on a particularly peaceful day on which there was no rain. We do get a lot of rain in Ireland in all seasons. We had a run of days where it had done nothing but rain. Then one day the sun came out. It was then that I wrote the title track, so what else could I call it?".
The album shot up the US and several European charts almost a year after its release, thanks to the use of the track "Only Time" in news coverage of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York.
Her music has appeared in many more smash hit films, including "L.A. Story", "Green Card", "Toys", the TomCruise/Nicole Kidman film "Far and Away" and Martin Scorcese's "Age Of Innocence". Enya's new song 'Only Time' features in the film, "Sweet November", starring Charlize Theron and Keanu Reeves. In 2001 she records 2 brand new songs for Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring soundtrack, "Aniron (theme for Aragorn and Arwen)" and "May It Be".
She has made appearances at benefits and has played for the Pope, the King of Sweden and the Queen of England, but these involved playbacks of her work while she played and possibly sang along, not a true live performance. "It’d be a really great thing to do,” Enya says of performing live. “We’ve first been talking about next year, trying to at least do a TV special performance, having the setting, say, in a cathedral or something and involve quite a few people - orchestrating the music, having choir. It’d be fantastic to try. You can’t emulate the same sound, but definitely the music can cross over to a rendering for a live performance. We’re both very confident about that.”
In 2002 Enya got a Golden Globe and Oscar nomination for "best original song" with "May It Be". Wins a new Grammy Award for "Best New Age Album" with A Day without Rain. Wins three World Music Awards: "best-selling Female artist", "best-selling New Age artist" and "best-selling Irish artist", and wins the award for "best pop-rock single" with "Only Time" in the Echo Awards (Germany)...
Although fronted by Enya, the music released under her name is the result of collaboration between three people: Enya, who sings, writes and performs all the music, her producer, sound engineer and co-arranger Nicky Ryan and his wife, lyricist Roma Ryan. Enya has previously stated that without any one of them, "Enya" would not exist.
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such a star | Reviewer: chukwudi onyendi | 5/15/13
Wow what an artist. I so love Enya. 'Anywhere is'inspires me a lot.I even developd a paintin 4rom d concept. 'Carrebbean blue'reminds me of a time. Am now in love wit 'now we are free'' Adiemus' is another muse.keep it up my idol ENYA
Making it Unique | Reviewer: Sasha | 5/2/13
All Enya did was make her voice unique. Everyone has a different style, and Enya has made hers. That's not to say she isn't ethereal, but she is also human. And about her playing different instruments, I admire that. I'm learning piano and violin myself.
Kingsley | Reviewer: Chukwudi | 4/13/13
I Lack Words to describe this Wonderful Woman ENYA" She's Simply the Best in what She's Doing. Her Songs are always on Ma Playlists Every Night and Day. Cant wait to see My IDOL & have Her Autograph. I LOVE YOU ENYA!!! Hope has a Place in a Lovers Heart, Wild Child & Flora's Secret are My Hit Tracks. Still Love You ENYA!
Simply The Godly Experience | Reviewer: Ralph from Canada | 4/9/13
Orinoco Flow brought me closer to the almost religous quality in your voice and music. I could never Thank You Enya enough for sharing your wonderful heavenly gift to the world. I love you.
Enya your the angel | Reviewer: Ze boy erik | 4/3/13
For the first time i hear the song of you called"carribean is blue"it makes me happy the way u sing like not an human being i real wish to see you one day enya i love you..mi erik say
heavenly songs | Reviewer: mima | 3/29/13
Enya's songs are heavenly n out of diz world..they r soothing n av healing powers,the melody is awesome even without rily getting wat shez saying.it helps you reflect on life n evn d world beyond.Heavens bless ur soul enya ur indeed a gift 2 us.we luv you!
Only time | Reviewer: Orji salvation | 2/23/13
Oh! wat a woman infact,you are amazing my ENYA.I never thought i could hear a woman sing so melodiously n uniquely.the first day i heard ONLY TIME on d radio,i cleared my ear very well to know if its a human being singing or an angel,but then i found out dat it was an angel in d form of a woman.oh enya i will never stop loving ur songs.i luv ur songs so much n i luv u too.keep taking us there(PARADISE).
Enya my enya | Reviewer: SAMUEL LEUMAS | 1/17/13
nearly all the instruments on the
album, sometimes doubling up
as many as eighty voices to
create her characteristic sound,
of dense textures, and ethereal
voices, dreamlike and
enchanting. I'll never forgot a lady that takes me to heaven n mellow my soul. Ethereal bodies- angels we love u de way i love you.
you are a God-sent | Reviewer: Justice | 1/7/13
Enya,i would say u are amazing,u are a God-sent straight from heaven.listening to your melodeous voice makes an angry man calms down.may God shower his bountiful blessings upon u.i luv your songs so dearly.
Simply the best! | Reviewer: Gideon | 12/23/12
Enya is the best female singer that has ever happened to me. She hs simply the best among the best. It is only a mere man that will listen to her songs and not feel touched. I knw how many times i've made countless arguements stating that " Enya, is simply the best", and she truely is the best.
Enya the soul translator | Reviewer: Aisha Musa | 11/10/12
She is simply amazing. Enya is just so fantastic with her choice of rythm. Her songs touches my soul when ever I listen to her. I love you so much Enya. I love you and I love your tracks
The 'Wild Child' is Enya herself | Reviewer: Kwaku Kumi Gyabaah | 11/5/12
Everyone will agree with me that the wild child is Enya herself. I never thought in my wildest imagination that a woman could sing so beautifully like Enya. I am a full of admiration for her. Her voice, pace, style and instrumentation is just marvelous. What do you think......? I just love Enya. KK, Ghana.
Enya's ryhthm recalled my past memory | Reviewer: Unachukwu Izugod | 10/17/12
Only God knws why he created Enya..i can't believe seeing myself in anoda world of my past experience when listening 2 Enyas songs and unique voice. Is dat a daydream.. No its natural. Enya's music makes things happened in my inner imaginatons. Love U Enya
inspiring | Reviewer: wisdom williams | 8/21/12
the first time i heard enya's ''only time,''goose pimple ran through my body,her song inspired me to the extent of adding all her music into my system.i never played with her songs and i dont joke with it.i will listen to her songs even till the end of time.i love u enya.am your die hard fan
UNFORGETABLE NIGHT | Reviewer: NOC | 6/29/12
YOUR BEAUTY AND VOICE ARE CHARMING, THERE IS A NIGHT I LISTENED 2 YOU ENYA TRACK (WILD CHILD. HARD A TERRIBLE NIGHT (NIGHTMARE). I DON'T REALLY KNOW WHY, IF YOU ASK ME OF HOW MUCH I LOVE HER MUSIC, I'LL LACK WORDS TO EXPRESS MY LOVE FOR HER SONG. BUT IF I MUST SAY SOMETHING, I'LL SAY HER SONGS ARE CLASSICAL AND UNIQUE IN NATURE. LONG LIVE ENYA. GOD ALMIGHTY USE YOU TO TOUCH SOUL AROUND THE GLOBE.
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