Enya

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Legal name: Eithne Ní Bhraonáin, Enya Brennan

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Eithne Pádraigín Ní Bhraonáin (anglicised as Enya Patricia Brennan; born 17 May 1961), better known as her stage name Enya, is an Irish singer, songwriter, musician and producer. Born into a musical family and raised in the Irish speaking area of Gweedore in County Donegal, Enya began her professional music career at eighteen when she joined her family's Celtic band Clannad in 1980 on keyboards and backing vocals. She left the group in 1982 with their manager and producer Nicky Ryan to pursue a solo career, with Ryan's wife Roma Ryan as her lyricist. In the following four years, Enya developed her distinct sound of multi-tracked vocals and keyboards with elements of New age, Celtic, classical, church, and folk music. She has sung in ten languages.

Enya's first projects as a solo artist included soundtrack work for The Frog Prince (1985) and the 1987 BBC documentary series The Celts, which was released as her debut album, Enya (1987). She signed a recording deal with Warner Music which granted her artistic freedom and minimal interference from the label. The critical and commercial success of Watermark (1988) propelled her to worldwide fame, helped by its international top ten hit single, "Orinoco Flow". This was followed by the multi-million selling albums Shepherd Moons (1991), The Memory of Trees (1995) and A Day Without Rain (2000). Sales of A Day Without Rain and its lead single "Only Time" surged in the United States following its use in the media coverage following the 11 September 2001 attacks. The album remains the best selling New age album with an estimated 16 million copies sold worldwide. Following Amarantine (2005) and And Winter Came... (2008), Enya took an extended break from 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. She is Ireland's biggest selling solo artist and second overall behind U2, with a discography that has sold 26.5 million certified albums in the United States and an estimated 75 million worldwide. Enya has won several awards throughout her career, including seven World Music Awards, four Grammy Awards for Best New Age Album, an Ivor Novello Award, and was nominated 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).

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1986 Enya / The Celts Enya 3.85 28
1988 Watermark Enya 4.2 17
1991 Shepherd Moons Enya 4.5 12
1995 The Memory of Trees Enya 4.35 6
2000 A Day Without Rain Enya 3.75 10
2005 Amarantine Enya 4.25 8
2008 And Winter Came… Enya 5 7
2015 Dark Sky Island Enya 6

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1996 The Enya Collection Enya 1
1997 Paint the Sky With Stars: The Best of Enya Enya 4
1997 A Box of Dreams Enya 2
2002 Only Time: The Collection Enya 1
2002 Best of Enya Enya 1
2009 The Very Best of Enya Enya 3.5 5
[1986 - 2002] The Best Of Enya Enya 1
Anthology Enya 1
Best Hits 1988-1994 Enya 1
Best Of Enya 1
Book of Days Enya 1
Caribbean Blue Enya 1
Greatest Hits 1988-1995 Enya 1
Platinium Collection'2001 Enya 1
The Best 2001 Enya 1
The Box Collection Enya 1

Album + Soundtrack

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

Single

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1987 I Want Tomorrow Enya 4
1988 Evening Falls Enya 5
1988 Orinoco Flow Enya 7
1989 Storms in Africa Enya 13
1991 Exile Enya 4
1991 Caribbean Blue Enya 5
1991 How Can I Keep From Singing? Enya 6
1992 Book of Days Enya 2
1992 Marble Halls Enya 2
1992 Oíche Chiúin (Silent Night) Enya 1
1992 The Celts Enya 5
1995 Anywhere Is Enya 4
1996 On My Way Home Enya 6
1997 Only If... Enya 5
2000 Only Time Enya 10
2001 May It Be Enya 5
2001 Wild Child Enya 3
2005 Amarantine Enya 5
2008 Trains and Winter Rains Enya 3
2008 White Is in the Winter Night Enya 1
2015 Echoes in Rain Enya 1
2015 So I Could Find My Way Enya 1
2016 Dive Salvatore feat. Enya and Alex Aris 1

EP

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1989 6 Tracks Enya 2
1989 Orinoco Flow Enya 1
1990 3 Tracks EP Enya 2
1991 Caribbean Blue Enya 1
1994 The Christmas EP Enya 2
2006 Christmas Secrets Enya 1
May It Be (Extended B-sides Version) Enya 1

Other + Interview

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1997 In Conversation Enya 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2006 Curiosidades Enya 1
The Best of Enya Enya 1
Tribute to Enya Enya 1

Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2004 B-Sides & Remixes Enya 1

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