Enya

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Legal name: Eithne Ní Bhraonáin

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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.

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Discography

Album

Year Title RatingReleases
1986 Enya / The Celts 3.85 28
1988 Watermark 4.2 16
1991 Shepherd Moons 4.5 10
1995 The Memory of Trees 4.35 6
2000 A Day Without Rain 3.75 10
2005 Amarantine 4.25 9
2008 And Winter Came... 5 6
2015 Dark Sky Island 6

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1997 Paint the Sky With Stars: The Best of Enya 4
1997 A Box of Dreams 2
2002 Only Time: The Collection 1
2009 The Very Best of Enya 3.5 5
[1986 - 2002] The Best Of Enya 1
Anthology 1
Best Hits 1988-1994 1
Best Of 1
Best of Enya (Rus) 1
Book of Days 1
Caribbean Blue 1
Enya Collection 1
Greatest Hits 1988-1995 1
Platinium Collection'2001 1
The Best 2001 1
The Box Collection 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title RatingReleases
1985 The Frog Prince 3
2001 Themes From Calmi Cuori Appassionati 3

Single

Year Title RatingReleases
1987 I Want Tomorrow 4
1988 Evening Falls 5
1988 Orinoco Flow 7
1989 Storms in Africa 12
1991 Exile 4
1991 Caribbean Blue 5
1991 How Can I Keep From Singing? 6
1992 Book of Days 2
1992 Marble Halls 2
1992 Oíche Chiúin (Silent Night) 1
1992 The Celts 5
1995 Anywhere Is 4
1996 On My Way Home 6
1997 Only If... 5
2000 Only Time 10
2001 May It Be 5
2001 Wild Child 3
2005 Amarantine 2
2008 Trains and Winter Rains 3
2008 White Is in the Winter Night 1
2015 Echoes in Rain 1
2015 So I Could Find My Way 1

EP

Year Title RatingReleases
1989 6 Tracks 2
1989 Orinoco Flow 1

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