Legal name: Eithne Ní Bhraonáin
Enya (born Eithne Ní Bhraonáin; anglicised as Enya Brennan; 17 May 1961) is an Irish singer-songwriter, musician, and producer. She has sold 26.5 million RIAA-certified albums in the US and an estimated 75 million worldwide, making her one of the world's best-selling artists. She is Ireland's best-selling solo artist, and has recorded music with lyricist Roma Ryan and producer and manager Nicky Ryan.
Enya began her music career in 1980 as a member of Clannad, her family's Celtic band. After appearing on two of the band's albums, she left Clannad in 1982 to pursue a solo career. She adopted a distinctive sound through voice-layering, folk melodies, and keyboards on her debut album Enya (1987), produced as the soundtrack for the BBC documentary series The Celts. Her next album, Watermark (1988), was her breakthrough record following the success of its lead single "Orinoco Flow", which reached the top 10 in ten countries and propelled Enya's rise to worldwide fame. Her follow-up albums Shepherd Moons (1991), The Memory of Trees (1995) and A Day Without Rain (2000), continued her success through the 1990s and into the 2000s, helped by the respective charting singles "Caribbean Blue", "Anywhere Is", and "Only Time". Following Amarantine (2005) and And Winter Came (2008), Enya took an extended break from music; she returned in 2012 to record Dark Sky Island (2015).
Though she has never toured, Enya has performed in ten languages and has had a consistent presence on numerous album charts worldwide, including the New age charts, of which A Day Without Rain remains the biggest selling in the genre with over 14 million copies sold. Between 1993 and 2007, Enya won four Grammy Awards for Best New Age Album and received a World Music Award in 2001 for Best-Selling Female Artist. Her track "May It Be", recorded in 2001 for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), received an Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Original Song.