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. Band leaders Mick Fleetwood and John McVie are the only original members still with the group. 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. The album debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 and a well-attended arena tour lasted through 2004. 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. In 2003 McVie left the band permanently to focus on her solo career, leaving Buckingham and Nicks to handle the vocals for the band's latest album, Say You Will. She has said that her form of music is virtually impossible to perform accurately in a live venue. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted Fleetwood Mac in 1998.

She has never toured since becoming a superstar in 1988. This would be the final time the 1970s incarnation would perform with Christine McVie. Enya rarely performs in public, and even when appearing on television often lip-syncs or sings to a backing track. A hugely successful stadium tour followed the MTV premiere of The Dance which kept the reunited Mac on the road throughout much of 1997. "May It Be" was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song at the 2002 ceremonies, but did not win. The second time was for a live concert in Los Angeles which resulted in the 1997 album The Dance. 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. The first time was for the inauguration of President Bill Clinton, who had made Fleetwood Mac's Don't Stop his campaign song.

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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. Huge additional pressures were placed on the band to release a followup album, which, when combined with the newly found wealth, led to large amounts of drug and alcohol consumption. 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. But in 1976, with the success of the band also came the end of John and Christine McVie's marriage, as well as Buckingham and Nicks' longtime romantic relationship. 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). Among the hit singles from this album included McVie's "Over My Head" & "Say You Love Me", and Nicks' "Rhiannon (Will You Ever Win)". In 2004, Enya was reportedly working on her next album, but no release date is in sight. The album proved to be a breakthrough for the band and thus became a huge hit, and the group was catapulted into stardom.

As a result, fans have had to wait as long as five years between albums. In 1975, the new lineup released the eponymous Fleetwood Mac. Enya is a self-admitted slow worker when it comes to composing music. Buckingham agreed, on the condition that his musical partner and girlfriend Stevie Nicks also be invited to the band. This sparked complaints within Enya's fan community. Having heard guitarist Lindsey Buckingham's skills, he asked Buckingham to join the band. 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. To show Mick Fleetwood his mixing skills, Keith Olsen played a track for Fleetwood titled "Frozen Love", which he had mixed for Buckingham Nicks (Album Title: Buckingham Nicks PD 5058, Released in September 1973).

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. In late 1974, Bob Welch left the band, and Mick Fleetwood was left to fill the vacancy. 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. Some of Fleetwood Mac's early hits in the Welch era include "Sentimental Lady" (from 1972's Bare Trees), which Welch himself remade during his solo career in 1977, and the stirring "Hypnotized" (from 1973's Mystery To Me). Following a five year wait, she released A Day Without Rain in 2000 featuring 34 minutes of new material. When American guitarist Bob Welch joined them, the band adopted more of a southern California country rock sound, still tempered by the blues influence of the British members. The resulting score was so similar to Enya's work that some sources erroneously credit Enya with the music. Fleetwood Mac went through many personnel changes, losing multiple lead guitarists (including Peter Green) and gaining blues singer Christine McVie (John McVie's wife).

Cameron subsequently asked composer James Horner to adapt Enya's style for his score. hit). She was offered the chance to compose the score for James Cameron's 1997 film Titanic, but declined. Early singles included "Oh, Well", "Albatross", and "Black Magic Woman" (which was re-recorded by Santana and became a U.S. In 1997 Enya released her greatest hits collection Paint The Sky With Stars: The Best of Enya, which featured two new songs. Fleetwood Mac would release a series of straightforward blues albums which did moderately well in the United Kingdom. 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). They were then joined by Jeremy Spencer.

Three years later, she followed with another hit album Shepherd Moons, which sold ten million copies and earned Enya her first Grammy Award. The group began as Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac in 1968 by guitarist Peter Green, drummer Mick Fleetwood, and bassist John McVie, after the three left (or were fired from) John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. "Orinoco Flow" topped the charts in Britain and the album sold eight million copies.
Fleetwood Mac is a rock group led by Mick Fleetwood and John McVie (whose names partially form the group's name), who had their biggest hits in the 1970s. 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"). Say You Will (Warner, 2003). 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). The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac (Warner, 2002).

The music she produced was featured on her first solo album, Enya (1987), but attracted little attention at the time. The Dance (Reprise, 1998). She was contracted to provide music for the soundtrack of the 1986 television documentary The Celts. Time (Warner, 1995). Eithne was first credited as Enya for writing some of the music for the 1984 movie The Frog Prince. 25 Years - The Chain (Warner, 1992). 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. Behind the Mask (Reprise, 1990).

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. Greatest Hits (Reprise, 1988). Eithne played the keyboard and provided backing vocals on their albums Cran Ull (1980) and Fuaim (1982). Tango in the Night (Reprise, 1987). In 1980, Eithne joined Clannad, the band composed of her siblings Máire, Pól, and Ciarán and twin uncles Noel and Padraig Duggan. Mirage (Reprise, 1982). 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). Live (Reprise, 1980).

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. Tusk (Reprise, 1979). Eithne was born in Gweedore, County Donegal, Ireland in 1961 to a musical family. Rumours (Reprise, 1977). Enya is a phonetic approximation of how Eithne is pronounced in her native Irish Gaelic. Fleetwood Mac (Reprise, 1975). 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. Heroes are Hard To Find (Reprise, 1974).

Enya (born 17 May 1961), birth name Eithne Ní Bhraonáin (sometimes seen as the Anglicized Enya Brennan), is Ireland's best-selling solo musician. Penguin (Reprise, 1973). 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. Mystery To Me (Reprise, 1973). Three versions of A Day Without Rain were released. Bare Trees (Reprise, 1972). A Day Without Rain (2000, won 2001 Grammy for "Best New Age Album")

    . Future Games (Reprise, 1971).

    Paint The Sky With Stars (1997) (greatest hits collection with two new tracks). Kiln House (Reprise, 1970). The Memory of Trees (1995, won 1996 Grammy for "Best New Age Album"). Then Play On (Reprise, 1969). The Celts (1992) (remastered rerelease of the 1987 album Enya). English Rose (Epic, 1969). Shepherd Moons (1991, won 1992 Grammy for "Best New Age Album"). Wonderful (Epic, 1968).

    Watermark (1988). Mr. Enya (1987). Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac (Blue Horizon, 1968).

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