Enya

Enya's songs are hauntingly memorable and she won a Grammy for "Best New Age Album," though she denies her music is of that genre. This image is taken from a late-1980s television interview.

Enya (born 17 May 1961), birth name Eithne Ní Bhraonáin (sometimes seen as the Anglicized Enya Brennan), is Ireland's best-selling solo musician. As a musical group, Enya is really three people: Enya herself composes and performs the music; Nicky Ryan, who produces the records; and Roma Ryan, who writes the lyrics, often in several languages. Enya is a phonetic approximation of how Eithne is pronounced in her native Irish Gaelic.

Biography

Musical upbringing

Eithne was born in Gweedore, County Donegal, Ireland in 1961 to a musical family. Her grandparents were in a band that traveled and played throughout Ireland, her father was the leader of the Slieve Foy Band before opening a pub, and her mother played in a dance band and later taught music at the Gweedore Comprehensive School. Eithne has four brothers and four sisters, several of whom formed the band An Clann As Dobhair in 1968 (they renamed the band Clannad in the 1970s).

In 1980, Eithne joined Clannad, the band composed of her siblings Máire, Pól, and Ciarán and twin uncles Noel and Padraig Duggan. Eithne played the keyboard and provided backing vocals on their albums Cran Ull (1980) and Fuaim (1982). In 1982 (shortly before Clannad became famous for "Theme From Harry's Game"), producer and manager Nicky Ryan left Clannad and Eithne joined him to start her own solo career.

Solo

Eithne, working with Nicky and his wife Roma, recorded two solo instrumental songs called "An Ghaoth On Ghrian" ("The Solar Wind") and "Miss Clare Remembers" that were released on the 1984 album Touch Travel. Eithne was first credited as Enya for writing some of the music for the 1984 movie The Frog Prince. She was contracted to provide music for the soundtrack of the 1986 television documentary The Celts. The music she produced was featured on her first solo album, Enya (1987), but attracted little attention at the time. The song "Boadicea" from this album would later be sampled by The Fugees (1996, causing a brief stir because the group neither sought permission from Enya nor gave her credit initially) and Mario Winans (2004).

Enya achieved a breakthrough in her career in 1988 with the album Watermark featuring the hit song "Orinoco Flow" (sometimes referred to as "Sail Away"). "Orinoco Flow" topped the charts in Britain and the album sold eight million copies. Three years later, she followed with another hit album Shepherd Moons, which sold ten million copies and earned Enya her first Grammy Award. Despite winning Grammys for "Best New Age Album", Enya does not personally classify her music as belonging to that genre. Four years later she released the Grammy-winning The Memory of Trees (1995).

In 1997 Enya released her greatest hits collection Paint The Sky With Stars: The Best of Enya, which featured two new songs. She was offered the chance to compose the score for James Cameron's 1997 film Titanic, but declined. Cameron subsequently asked composer James Horner to adapt Enya's style for his score. The resulting score was so similar to Enya's work that some sources erroneously credit Enya with the music.

Following a five year wait, she released A Day Without Rain in 2000 featuring 34 minutes of new material. After the September 11, 2001 attacks, her song "Only Time" (from A Day Without Rain) was used as a backdrop for many in radio and TV reports about the attacks. She initially frowned upon this use, especially when many bootlegged versions of "Only Time" mixed with sound effects from the attack began to appear. She agreed to release a special edition of the song with funds going to the families of victims. Many Enya fans, however, are resentful that her music has been forever linked with the attacks; an example of this occurred on a 2002 appearance on CNN's Larry King Live when images of battle in Afghanistan were shown on screen as she performed "May It Be", a song with no war connection. This sparked complaints within Enya's fan community.

Enya is a self-admitted slow worker when it comes to composing music. As a result, fans have had to wait as long as five years between albums. In 2004, Enya was reportedly working on her next album, but no release date is in sight. In September 2004, a new song called "Sumiregusa" was unveiled in Japan as part of an advertising campaign for Panasonic (commercial release has yet to occur as of November 2004). In announcing the new recording, Warner Music Japan stated that Enya's next album was scheduled for release (in Japan at least) in mid-November. After a brief flurry of excitement among fans, Enya issued a press release on her official Web site on 19 September stating that this was a mistake and no new album is immediately forthcoming.

Music

A number of Enya's songs are sung entirely in Irish Gaelic or Latin, with others containing the hithero-mentioned mixed with English or English by itself. Roma Ryan has written lyrics in Welsh, Irish, Latin, Spanish, and even languages created by J. R. R. Tolkien.

Enya has performed songs relating to J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, including 1991's "Lothlórien" and 2001's "May It Be" (sung in English and Quenya) and "Aníron" (in Sindarin)—the last two appearing on the soundtrack of Peter Jackson's movie The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. "May It Be" was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song at the 2002 ceremonies, but did not win.

Enya rarely performs in public, and even when appearing on television often lip-syncs or sings to a backing track. She has never toured since becoming a superstar in 1988. She has said that her form of music is virtually impossible to perform accurately in a live venue. Nonetheless, there were plans for Enya to perform a live concert, perhaps for pay-per-view, but as of 2005 these plans have yet to materialize.

Discography

Watermark, Enya's breakthrough album.
  • Enya (1987)
  • Watermark (1988)
  • Shepherd Moons (1991, won 1992 Grammy for "Best New Age Album")
  • The Celts (1992) (remastered rerelease of the 1987 album Enya)
  • The Memory of Trees (1995, won 1996 Grammy for "Best New Age Album")
  • Paint The Sky With Stars (1997) (greatest hits collection with two new tracks)
  • A Day Without Rain (2000, won 2001 Grammy for "Best New Age Album")
    • Three versions of A Day Without Rain were released. Aside from the general release in the US and UK, the Canadian edition included one bonus track, while Japanese fans got to hear two bonuses.

In addition, a 1986 soundtrack album for The Frog Prince (a.k.a. French Lesson) contains mostly music composed by Enya but not performed by her; a later CD release added two previously unreleased vocal tracks by her.

Over the years, Enya has released a large number of CD singles, many of which included bonus tracks that were not included in any of the albums.


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Over the years, Enya has released a large number of CD singles, many of which included bonus tracks that were not included in any of the albums. (With Red Hot Chili Peppers, except as indicated). In addition, a 1986 soundtrack album for The Frog Prince (a.k.a. French Lesson) contains mostly music composed by Enya but not performed by her; a later CD release added two previously unreleased vocal tracks by her.
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She has never toured since becoming a superstar in 1988. Thus A Sphere in the Heart of Silence is the first official John Frusciante/Josh Klinghoffer record in history. Enya rarely performs in public, and even when appearing on television often lip-syncs or sings to a backing track. Notable for its interesting intersection of electronic music with rock, Klinghoffer shared equally in the production of this album. "May It Be" was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song at the 2002 ceremonies, but did not win. The final album of 2004 was A Sphere in the Heart of Silence. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, including 1991's "Lothlórien" and 2001's "May It Be" (sung in English and Quenya) and "Aníron" (in Sindarin)—the last two appearing on the soundtrack of Peter Jackson's movie The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. Inside of Emptiness was released in late 2004, and Frusciante and Klinghoffer recorded with a "heavier," "grungier" sound than ever before.

R. Automatic Writing was followed by DC EP, an album just four tracks (and less than 20 minutes) long with a fresh sound. R. Frusciante was accompanied by Klinghoffer on drums and Joe Lally (bassist of Fugazi) on bass, and the trio recorded under the name Ataxia. Enya has performed songs relating to J. Automatic Writing--a record of five long jams with hypnotic bass lines and experimental guitar parts-- came next. Tolkien. The following five albums of Frusciante's most fruitful musical period represent an array of rock music that often incorporates instruments, tempo changes, and electronic sounds uncommon to traditional western rock.

R. The Will to Death is highly regarded largely as a result of its raw yet aurally pleasant nature. R. In June of 2004, Frusciante released The Will To Death, an album lacking the meticulous editing and high production cost of Shadows Collide with People and very popular among diehard fans. Roma Ryan has written lyrics in Welsh, Irish, Latin, Spanish, and even languages created by J. The album featured Frusciante's close friend Josh Klinghoffer. A number of Enya's songs are sung entirely in Irish Gaelic or Latin, with others containing the hithero-mentioned mixed with English or English by itself. In February 2004 John released the much anticipated Shadows Collide With People, a well collected, amazingly orchestrated amalgamation of relatively dark songs that outline Frusciante's regrets and evince the growth he experienced after his heroin addiction.

After a brief flurry of excitement among fans, Enya issued a press release on her official Web site on 19 September stating that this was a mistake and no new album is immediately forthcoming. Beginning in 2004 and concluding in early 2005, Frusciante embarked on a bold sonic quest. In announcing the new recording, Warner Music Japan stated that Enya's next album was scheduled for release (in Japan at least) in mid-November. The Red Hot Chili Peppers' secret weapon and guiding force throughout the years (and perhaps the reason for their huge success) is Frusciante, and he will always be regarded as a man wholly dedicated to music. In September 2004, a new song called "Sumiregusa" was unveiled in Japan as part of an advertising campaign for Panasonic (commercial release has yet to occur as of November 2004). It is their softest album to date, and the difference in sound between this album and Freaky Styley (one of the band's earlier works before John joined) is spectacular. In 2004, Enya was reportedly working on her next album, but no release date is in sight. The band recorded By the Way in 2002, and it was well-received by critics.

As a result, fans have had to wait as long as five years between albums. The tour concluded on June 10 with a short show at The Ruby in Los Angeles, and all 16 concerts featured only John on acoustic guitar. Enya is a self-admitted slow worker when it comes to composing music. Frusciante began his To Record Only Water for Ten Days tour on January 27, 2001 with a performance at The Borderline in London. This sparked complaints within Enya's fan community. In this record, almost all the songs begin with simple beats, and it still is one of Frusciante's most stripped down, bare-bones pieces of work. Many Enya fans, however, are resentful that her music has been forever linked with the attacks; an example of this occurred on a 2002 appearance on CNN's Larry King Live when images of battle in Afghanistan were shown on screen as she performed "May It Be", a song with no war connection. This album was not nearly as stream-of-consciousness and avant-garde as his previous solo albums, but his lyrics were still very cryptic and off-the-wall.

She initially frowned upon this use, especially when many bootlegged versions of "Only Time" mixed with sound effects from the attack began to appear. She agreed to release a special edition of the song with funds going to the families of victims. During the Californication world tour John wrote his own songs which would be released on another solo album called To Record Only Water for Ten Days. After the September 11, 2001 attacks, her song "Only Time" (from A Day Without Rain) was used as a backdrop for many in radio and TV reports about the attacks. It was, and still is, their best-selling album to date, and most of this is because of Frusciante's writing skills and his complete passion for creating music and art. Following a five year wait, she released A Day Without Rain in 2000 featuring 34 minutes of new material. The band began work on Californication soon after, and the album was released in 1999. The resulting score was so similar to Enya's work that some sources erroneously credit Enya with the music. John was clean and happy.

Cameron subsequently asked composer James Horner to adapt Enya's style for his score. The tensions between Kiedis and Frusciante disappeared with time, and soon it was just like old times again. She was offered the chance to compose the score for James Cameron's 1997 film Titanic, but declined. John, elated, said yes, and he still thinks of it today as one of the best decisions he made in his life. In 1997 Enya released her greatest hits collection Paint The Sky With Stars: The Best of Enya, which featured two new songs. Flea wanted John back in the band, and although there was still some tension between John and Anthony, Flea asked John if he would do them the honour. Despite winning Grammys for "Best New Age Album", Enya does not personally classify her music as belonging to that genre. Four years later she released the Grammy-winning The Memory of Trees (1995). In 1998, when Frusciante finally went to rehab, he was visited by Flea.

Three years later, she followed with another hit album Shepherd Moons, which sold ten million copies and earned Enya her first Grammy Award. He has been known to say things that people would deem as strange, such as he believes in the notion that all music exists in the fourth dimension, and is created in the fifth. "Orinoco Flow" topped the charts in Britain and the album sold eight million copies. He says his music is a gift from spirits that frequently spoke to him during his absence from the Chili Peppers from 1992-1997. Enya achieved a breakthrough in her career in 1988 with the album Watermark featuring the hit song "Orinoco Flow" (sometimes referred to as "Sail Away"). Regardless, it is an incredibly vivid, bizarre, jaded and beautiful glimpse into the mind of (some would call) a madman; a man who lived in an altered state of mind. The song "Boadicea" from this album would later be sampled by The Fugees (1996, causing a brief stir because the group neither sought permission from Enya nor gave her credit initially) and Mario Winans (2004). Frusciante had already begun recording his first solo album before leaving the band in 1992, and the album that was released in 1994, Niandra Lades and Usually Just a T-Shirt, is viewed by many as his absolute best solo album.

The music she produced was featured on her first solo album, Enya (1987), but attracted little attention at the time. His solo album that was released in 1997, Smile From the Streets You Hold. She was contracted to provide music for the soundtrack of the 1986 television documentary The Celts. To this day, the horrible scars on his arms from shooting-up remain as a painful reminder to his past. Eithne was first credited as Enya for writing some of the music for the 1984 movie The Frog Prince. During his absence in the band, he became severely addicted to hard drugs, primarily heroin. Eithne, working with Nicky and his wife Roma, recorded two solo instrumental songs called "An Ghaoth On Ghrian" ("The Solar Wind") and "Miss Clare Remembers" that were released on the 1984 album Touch Travel. He also was frustrated with being in the spotlight all the time; he didn't relish his celebrity status.

In 1982 (shortly before Clannad became famous for "Theme From Harry's Game"), producer and manager Nicky Ryan left Clannad and Eithne joined him to start her own solo career. Two, he brought a lot of negativity to the band at that point, and he knew it brought the other band members down. Eithne played the keyboard and provided backing vocals on their albums Cran Ull (1980) and Fuaim (1982). There were a couple different reasons for his departure: One, the voices in his head were getting louder, and the one discernable thing they were saying was for him to go solo. In 1980, Eithne joined Clannad, the band composed of her siblings Máire, Pól, and Ciarán and twin uncles Noel and Padraig Duggan. When asked by the media what he said to the band, he replied, "Just tell them I went crazy.". Eithne has four brothers and four sisters, several of whom formed the band An Clann As Dobhair in 1968 (they renamed the band Clannad in the 1970s).
On May 7th, 1992, just as the Chili Peppers were supposed to do a show in Japan, Frusciante left the band (though he did play the show and later departed).

Her grandparents were in a band that traveled and played throughout Ireland, her father was the leader of the Slieve Foy Band before opening a pub, and her mother played in a dance band and later taught music at the Gweedore Comprehensive School. All their other albums had been recorded at EMI. Eithne was born in Gweedore, County Donegal, Ireland in 1961 to a musical family. This was also the first album the band recorded on their current label, Warner. Enya is a phonetic approximation of how Eithne is pronounced in her native Irish Gaelic. Blood Sugar Sex Magik sold incredibly well, and was the band's breakthrough album, mostly due to the hits Under The Bridge and Give It Away, and also to the expert production by Rick Rubin, founder of Def Jam Records. As a musical group, Enya is really three people: Enya herself composes and performs the music; Nicky Ryan, who produces the records; and Roma Ryan, who writes the lyrics, often in several languages. Also, the song Knock Me Down (the lyrics of which were written by Kiedis about the death of Hillel) noted a significant change of chord structure that was imperative to the band's growth and evolution.

Enya (born 17 May 1961), birth name Eithne Ní Bhraonáin (sometimes seen as the Anglicized Enya Brennan), is Ireland's best-selling solo musician. Mother's Milk did not do very well financially, but it was the band's first gold album. Aside from the general release in the US and UK, the Canadian edition included one bonus track, while Japanese fans got to hear two bonuses. He has said himself that it seemed like he was doing the majority of the writing during the recording of these two albums. Three versions of A Day Without Rain were released. Frusciante is thought by many critics to contribute greatly to the creativity of the group with his unique guitar riffs and solos. A Day Without Rain (2000, won 2001 Grammy for "Best New Age Album")

    . Frusciante made his first two albums with the Chili Peppers: Mother's Milk and Blood Sugar Sex Magik.

    Paint The Sky With Stars (1997) (greatest hits collection with two new tracks). Needless to say, Thelonious Monster was not pleased, but the two bands remained friends anyway. The Memory of Trees (1995, won 1996 Grammy for "Best New Age Album"). (John was about to sign a contract with Thelonious Monster at the time, but Flea and swiped him under their noses. The Celts (1992) (remastered rerelease of the 1987 album Enya). It was a unanimous descision: John was in. Shepherd Moons (1991, won 1992 Grammy for "Best New Age Album"). Flea was impressed by John's skill, and since he was looking for a new guitarist for the band after their original guitarist, Hillel Slovak, had died, he called Anthony Kiedis (vocalist for The Chili Peppers) to watch John play.

    Watermark (1988). One day, Peligro invited Flea, bassist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers over, to jam with them. Enya (1987). Peligro (drummer for The Dead Kennedys) around 1988, and they often jammed together. John had become good friends with D.H. They instantly became his favorite band.

    John first saw the Chili Peppers in concert in 1985. The music he listened to, and eventually his style of playing, were directly influenced by those radio hits he heard as a young boy. He progressed instantly, and from the ages of 9-12 he remembers trying to duplicate the punk rock riffs he heard on the radio. Frusciante started guitar at the age of seven.

    Gail even lent her voice to the Red Hot Chili Peppers song Under The Bridge. His father, John Sr., and his mother, Gail Frusciante, were both musical themselves. John Frusciante (born March 5, 1970 in Queens, New York) is a guitarist performing with the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Appears on Frances the Mute (2005) by The Mars Volta.

    (Solo) Curtains (2005). (Solo) Inside of Emptiness (2004). (Solo) A Sphere In The Heart Of Silence(2004). Vincent Gallo's "The Brown Bunny" Soundtrack (2004).

    (Solo) DC EP (2004). Automatic Writing (With Ataxia, his collaboration with Josh Klinghoffer of The Bicycle Thief and Joe Lally of Fugazi). (Solo) The Will to Death (2004). (Solo) Shadows Collide With People (2004).

    Appears on De-Loused in the Comatorium (2003) by The Mars Volta. By The Way (2002). (Solo) To Record Only Water for Ten Days (2001). (Solo) From The Sounds Inside (2000/2001).

    Californication (1999). (Solo) Smile From the Streets You Hold (1997). (Solo album) Niandra Lades and Usually Just a T-Shirt (1994). Blood Sugar Sex Magik (1991).

    Mother's Milk (1989).

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