Legal name: Eithne Ní Bhraonáin
Eithne Pádraigín Ní Bhraonáin (anglicised as Enya Patricia Brennan; born 17 May 1961), known professionally as Enya, is an Irish singer-songwriter, musician, and producer. Born and raised in County Donegal, Ireland, Enya began her music career when she joined her family's Celtic band Clannad, in 1980. She left the group in 1982 to pursue a solo career with producer and arranger Nicky Ryan and his wife, poet and lyricist Roma Ryan, developing her distinct sound of multi-tracked vocals, keyboard instruments, and elements of New age, Celtic, classical, church, and folk music.
As a solo artist, Enya composed the soundtrack to The Frog Prince (1985) and the 1987 BBC television documentary series The Celts which was released as her first album, Enya (1987). She then received worldwide success with Watermark (1988) and its lead single "Orinoco Flow", which reached the top 10 in ten countries. Her follow-up albums Shepherd Moons (1991), The Memory of Trees (1995) and A Day Without Rain (2000) continued Enya's commercial success through the 1990s and 2000s, with each selling millions worldwide. "Only Time", the lead single from A Day Without Rain, reached No. 10 in the US and remains the best-selling New age album with 16 million copies sold worldwide. Following the release of Amarantine (2005) and And Winter Came... (2008), Enya took an extended break from writing and recording music. She returned in 2012 and released Dark Sky Island (2015).
Enya is known for her private lifestyle and has yet to undergo a concert tour. Her discography includes nine studio albums that have 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 sung in ten languages. Enya has won several awards, including seven World Music Awards, four Grammy Awards, an Ivor Novello Award, and a nomination for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for "May It Be", a song she recorded for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001).