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Enya

Biography

Irish modern singer that has earned 4 Grammy Awards, including on her behalf albums Shepherd Moons and PER DAY Without Rain, aswell as an Academy Award nomination. She performed the piano and sang online backup in two rings before breaking out being a single artist. Among her initial composing gigs was for The Frog Prince in 1984. She was honored the World’s Best-Selling Irish Action award on the 2006 Globe Music Honours. She was created right into a musical family members and elevated with eight siblings. She documented “Should it be” for Peter Jackson’s film GOD, THE FATHER of the Bands: The Fellowship from the Ring.

Quick Facts


Full Name Enya
Date Of Birth May 17, 1961
Place Of Birth Gweedore, Ireland
Height 1.57 m
Profession World Music Singer
Education Loreto Community School
Nationality Irish
Parents Leo Brennan, Máire Duggan, Only Time, Orinoco Flow, Caribbean Blue
Siblings Moya Brennan, Brídín Brennan, Pól Brennan, Ciarán Brennan, Bartley Brennan, Olive Brennan, Leon Brennan, Deirdre Brennan, Only Time, Orinoco Flow, Caribbean Blue
Awards Grammy Award for Best New Age Album, World Music Award for World’s Best Selling Irish Artist, Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Song, World Music Award for World's Best Selling New Age Artist, World Music Award for World’s Best Female Artist, Echo Award for Best Single of the Year (International), World Music Award for World's Best Irish Female Artist, Only Time, Orinoco Flow, Caribbean Blue
Music Groups Clannad
Nominations Academy Award for Best Original Song, Grammy Award for Best Music Video, Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media, Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance, Echo Award for Best International Rock/Pop Female Artist, American Music Award for Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist, Brit Award for International Female Solo Artist, Brit Award for Best International Solo Artist, Brit Award for International Breakthrough Act, Only Time, Orinoco Flow, Caribbean Blue
Movies Far and Away, Reisei to jônetsu no aida, Sahaya Going Beyond, The Frog Prince
Star Sign Taurus

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#Fact
1 Vocal range changes from mezzo-soprano, to light alto on the song (s), "Pilgrim", "Trains and Winter Rains", "Pax Deorum" and "Long Long Journey".
2 Because of the soothing nature of her music, the singer's "Only Time" received extensive airplay in the wake of the 9/11 catastrophe. It was this exposure that firmly introduced Enya to American audiences on a grand scale.
3 The late Pope John Paul II was reportedly a big fan of her music. She was even invited to the Vatican to sing for him.
4 Neighbor of Alison Doody.
5 A sample of her song "Boadicea" was used on the Mario Winans hit 'I Dont Want To Know'. It was also used without permission in the Fugees' song "Ready or Not." The Fugees originally did not credit Enya on their album, did not sue them, but it was later settled and she is now credited.
6 She creates her signature sound by layering as many as eighty tracks of her own voice.
7 Comes from a region in the West of Ireland where the Gaelic language is still spoken. Although Enya can speak fluent English, her first language is Gaelic.
8 Sister of Maire Brennan.
9 Her New Age albums have earned her 4 Grammy Awards
10 As of summer 2003, has never toured or performed a live concert. Most TV appearances have been accomplished by her either lip-synching to her original recording, or singing along with it. There have been a few exceptions, most notably at the 74th Annual Academy Awards and at least once on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992). According to Enya, tours and live concerts of her music are virtually impossible due to the logistics of trying to replicate her sound on stage.
11 Name is a registered trademark.
12 Has a minor planet/asteroid named after her.
13 As a recording entity, "Enya" is often considered to be three people: Enya herself, producer Nicky Ryan and lyricist Roma Ryan. The trio have worked together since the early 1980s.
14 Director James Cameron wanted Enya to compose music for Titanic (1997), but when a deal couldn't be reached, James Horner ended up composing an Enya-influenced score for the film.
15 Adopted the spelling "Enya" in order to avoid having to continually explain how to pronounce her true first name, "Eithne."
16 Usenet newsgroup: Alt-Music-Enya


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 74th Annual Academy Awards 2002 TV Special performer: "May It Be" / writer: "May It Be"
Friends 2002 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 2001 performer: "May It Be", "Aníron" / writer: "May It Be", "Aníron"
Reisei to jônetsu no aida 2001 performer: "Wild Child"
Ocean Men: Extreme Dive 2001 Documentary music: "A Day Without Rain", "Lazy Day" / performer: "A Day Without Rain", "Lazy Day"
Witchblade TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2001 writer - 1 episode, 2001
Sweet November 2001 performer: "Only Time" / producer: "Only Time" / writer: "Only Time"
Baby Blue 2001 music: "Wild Child", "Pilgrim" / performer: "Wild Child", "Pilgrim"
Paradise Attempted 2000 Short "Book of Days"
Telmisseomding 1999 performer: "Boadicea" / writer: "Boadicea"
Shot Through the Heart 1998 TV Movie as Enya Ryan, "The Memory of Trees" / performer: "The Memory of Trees"
Noel's Christmas Presents 1997 TV Movie performer: "Storms in Africa" - uncredited
Top of the Pops TV Series music - 2 episodes, 1995 performer - 2 episodes, 1995 writer - 1 episode, 1996
Cry, the Beloved Country 1995 music: "Exile" / performer: "Exile"
Somebody to Love 1994 performer: "Dan Y Dwa" / writer: "Dan Y Dwa"
Dead at 21 TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1994 writer - 1 episode, 1994
Real World 1994 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Piccolo grande amore 1993 performer: "Caribbean Blue"
Baywatch 1993 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
The Age of Innocence 1993 arranger: "Marble Halls" / performer: "Marble Halls"
Casablanca revisitada 1992 Documentary "Watermark"
Toys 1992 performer: "EBUDAE" / writer: "EBUDAE"
Far and Away 1992 music: "BOOK OF DAYS" / performer: "BOOK OF DAYS" / writer: "BOOK OF DAYS"
Sleepwalkers 1992 performer: "Boadicea" / writer: "Boadicea"
L.A. Story 1991 performer: "Epona", "Exile", "On Your Shore" / writer: "Epona", "Exile", "On Your Shore"
Green Card 1990 performer: "River", "Watermark", "Storms In Africa" / writer: "River", "Watermark", "Storms In Africa"
Rockopop TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1990 writer - 1 episode, 1990
The Celts 1987 TV Series documentary performer: "The Celts", "Alderbaran", "March of the Celts", "To Go Beyond", "Fairytale", "Epona" / writer: "The Celts", "Alderbaran", "March of the Celts", "To Go Beyond", "Fairytale", "Epona"
Strictly Come Dancing 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Who's Doing the Dishes? TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2016 writer - 1 episode, 2016
Masterminds 2016/I performer: "ONLY TIME"
Coronation Street TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2016 writer - 1 episode, 2016
Limitless TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2016 writer - 1 episode, 2016
My Mad Fat Diary 2015 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Britain's Got Talent 2015 TV Series performer - 1 episode
One Hit Wonderland 2014 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Absolute Treasure 2014 Video documentary writer: "Orinoco Flow"
Tommy 2014/I performer: "Boadicea" / writer: "Boadicea" - as Bhranonain
NCIS TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2013 writer - 1 episode, 2013
Todd's Pop Song Reviews TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 2012 writer - 1 episode, 2012
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted 2012 performer: "Watermark" / writer: "Watermark"
Misfits TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2011 writer - 1 episode, 2011
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 2011 performer: "Orinoco Flow" / writer: "Orinoco Flow" - as Eithne Ni Bhraonain
Haven TV Series music - 1 episode, 2011 performer - 1 episode, 2011
Neon Naege Banhaesseo TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2011 writer - 1 episode, 2011
WrestleMania XXVI: The World Television Premiere 2010 TV Special performer: "Deora Mo Chroi" / writer: "Deora Mo Chroi"
Cougar Town TV Series music - 1 episode, 2010 performer - 1 episode, 2010
Shrek Forever After 2010 performer: "Orinoco Flow" / writer: "Orinoco Flow"
So You Think You Can Dance TV Series performer - 3 episodes, 2006 - 2009 writer - 1 episode, 2009 music - 1 episode, 2006
Celtic Woman: The Greatest Journey - Essential Collection 2008 Video writer: "Orinoco Flow"
Criminal Minds TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2007 writer - 1 episode, 2007
Knocked Up 2007 performer: "Once You Had Gold" / writer: "Once You Had Gold" - as Eithne Ni Bhraonain
For the Bible Tells Me So 2007 Documentary performer: "Pax Deorum" / writer: "Pax Deorum"
Celtic Woman: A New Journey 2006 TV Movie writer: "Orinoco Flow"
Alone in Time Part 1: I've Given Up 2006 Video short performer: "Only Time" / writer: "Only Time"
Idol 2005 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Peep Show TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2003 writer - 1 episode, 2003
Skeppsholmen TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2002 writer - 1 episode, 2002
I'm Alan Partridge TV Series music - 1 episode, 2002 performer - 1 episode, 2002
Hinter Gittern - Der Frauenknast TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2002 writer - 1 episode, 2002
When Snooker Ruled the World 2002 TV Movie documentary performer: "Orinoco Flow" - uncredited / writer: "Orinoco Flow" - uncredited
Gilmore Girls 2002 TV Series performer - 1 episode

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Sahaya Going Beyond 2013 Documentary short
Reisei to jônetsu no aida 2001
Enya: The Video Collection 2001 Video
The Celts 1987 TV Series documentary 1 episode
The Frog Prince 1985 as Enya Ní Bhraonáin

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Los ángeles no lloran 1996 TV Series composer - 3 episodes
Perla negra 1994 TV Series composer - 1 episode
National Geographic Explorer 1994 TV Series documentary composer - 1 episode
The Celts 1987 TV Series documentary music performed by - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Live with Kelly and Michael 2006-2016 TV Series Herself - Guest / Herself - Musical Guest
Sôkai jôhô variety Sukkiri!! 2015 TV Series Herself
Sahaya Going Beyond 2013 Documentary short Writer (voice)
The Best of the World Music Awards 2010 TV Special Herself
The Alan Titchmarsh Show 2009 TV Series Herself - Guest
Willkommen bei Carmen Nebel 2009 TV Series Herself - Guest
Today 2008 TV Series Herself - Guest
Good Morning America 2008 TV Series Herself - Guest
This Morning 2008 TV Series Herself - Guest
GMTV 2008 TV Series Herself
The 49th Annual Grammy Awards 2007 TV Special Herself - Award Winner
Christmas in Rockefeller Center 2006 TV Special Herself
The Late Late Show 2006 TV Series Herself - Guest
The 2006 World Music Awards 2006 TV Special Herself
Loose Women 2006 TV Series Herself
Saturday Early Show 2006 TV Series Herself - Guest
Verstehen Sie Spaß? 2006 TV Series Herself
Breakfast 2005 TV Series Herself - Guest
The 2002 World Music Awards 2002 TV Special Herself
The 74th Annual Academy Awards 2002 TV Special Herself - Performer: 'May it Be' & Nominee: Best Original Song
The 59th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2002 TV Special documentary Herself - Nominee: Best Original Song
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2001-2002 TV Series Herself - Musical Guest
San Remo 2001 2001 TV Movie Herself
Enya: The Video Collection 2001 Video Herself
The 2001 World Music Awards 2001 TV Special Herself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show 1997 TV Series Herself - Guest
Late Show with David Letterman 1997 TV Series Herself
Esto es espectáculo 1995 TV Series Herself - Musical Guest
Top of the Pops 1988-1995 TV Series Herself - Musical Guest
One to One 1993 TV Series documentary Herself
The 1992 World Music Awards 1992 TV Special Herself
Primero izquierda 1992 TV Series Herself - Musical Guest
Gaia Symphony I 1992 Documentary Herself
Enya: Moonshadows 1991 Video short Herself
VIP noche 1991 TV Series Herself - Musical Guest
The Value of Ignorance 1989 Video short Herself (voice)
On the Waterfront 1989 TV Series Herself
Wogan 1988-1989 TV Series Herself - Guest
Homeward Bound 1989 TV Series Herself
The Celts 1987 TV Series documentary Herself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
La tele de tu vida 2007 TV Series Herself
Folk Britannia 2006 TV Series documentary Herself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2002 Critics Choice Award Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Song The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
2002 Sierra Award Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards Best Song The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
2002 PFCS Award Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Original Song The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) · Nicky Ryan
· Roma Ryan

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2003 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) · Nicky Ryan
· Roma Ryan
2002 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Music, Original Song The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) · Nicky Ryan
· Roma Ryan
2002 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Original Song - Motion Picture The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
2002 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Music, Original Song The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) · Nicky Ryan (music and lyrics by)
· Roma Ryan (music and lyrics by)
1993 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Original Song Far and Away (1992) · Roma Ryan (lyrics)


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#Quote
1 When you spend two to three years working on an album that I feel very happy with the end result, there is nothing I would change. Musically, I have achieved what I set out to do.
2 I always felt that the music sells by itself. The music has always been the successful aspect on my career, and that means that, to me, I can always still stay very focused on music.
3 The fans are very, very loyal. They're always saying, 'When is the next album?' They know when I finish in the studio it's got to be a few years before the next album.
4 I do understand that not everyone is going to sit and listen to an Enya album. When someone says it's not their cup of tea, it's not their kind of album, that's fine by me.
5 With my music, I can express myself so much. A lot of the fans can sense that I'm relating to them something that's quite personal.
6 I could have been more famous if I did all the glitzy things, but celebrity always seemed so unnecessary.
7 I told the record company I didn't feel the need to be at red-carpet events. I wanted a career. But I wanted to keep myself intact as a person.
8 I know every note in every song, the whole history of it, even parts that were there and are gone.
9 The writing of a melody is an emotional moment; success doesn't make it easy.
10 It's very easy for me to keep a low profile because the focus I feel is always on the music. Success and fame are two different things. And so I feel the success is always towards the music, which means that I can have a very normal and private lifestyle.
11 The minuses of celebrity include having to live with security and the knowledge that you may be stalked.
12 The music sold itself before anybody knew who I was.
13 Writing music on your own makes you think a lot about your life. Who are you? Would you change anything about yourself? This is where it comes from.
14 I don't have pets, I have two guard dogs; and I don't do my own shopping; it's a security thing.
15 I enjoyed the two years I was with Clannad. I enjoyed touring. We toured a lot in Europe.
16 I didn't expect such a huge reaction, but I knew I was doing something different to everything else that was happening at the time.
17 I do a so-called trip into myself: I sit down at the piano and the melody might start to evolve from my playing or then I might start to sing it.
18 I don't need a man in my life.
19 I tend to listen to the classical composers: Rachmaninov, Satie.
20 My first language is Gaelic.
21 People tend to think that because I need all this time on my own in the studio, that I need time on my own, period. And that's not really true.
22 Over in the UK, the music press can be brutal. They can say wonderful things about you one week, and the next week, you're in the can.
23 I use my voice as an instrument.
24 I am privileged to do a job I love to do. I would never change any moment from my life.
25 I do promotion when it is necessary, but I always want to get back to the music.
26 I have had death threats from people with fixations.
27 The success of Watermark surprised me. I never thought of music as something commercial; it was something very personal to me.
28 It's very homely, this castle. It doesn't have huge ballrooms. I didn't want a cold, cavernous place.
29 It's a noisy environment we all live in, whether it's traffic or the workplace, so it's very difficult to think about your life in general. A lot of people are afraid to do that. They like to hide behind their work and not face up to a big problem in their life.
30 Wintertime for me is a time when I do a lot of my writing in the studio. It's a time I enjoy. And it's very reflective and a very calming time of the year. Throughout the year I gather a lot of musical inspirations, and this is where I bring them to the studio and see what will evolve musically.
31 I find I'm not one of these composers that are, you know, walking along a beach or walking on the mountainside in County Donegal that's, you know, 'Oh, a melody.' It's more a matter of eventually taking that moment with me to the studio, and it begins to evolve.
32 I can only be who I am.
33 Singing in Gaelic is very, very natural to do. I think lends itself very much so to being sung.
34 I'm not one for walking the beaches humming a melody. I love the discipline of sitting in the studio, writing and listening. That is my domain.
35 As with anything creative, change is inevitable.
36 The spring, summer, is quite a hectic time for people in their lives, but then it comes to autumn, and to winter, and you can't but help think back to the year that was, and then hopefully looking forward to the year that is approaching.
37 My core beliefs revolve around the idea that we should live to the best of our abilities-we should live and let live.
38 The ocean is a central image. It is the symbolism of a great journey.
39 Fame and success are very different things.
40 When I was growing up, I'd be in the choir. My mum was the organist in the church, so I'd sing in the church.
41 I find that music makes people just sit and listen, firstly. Then, they seem to interpret their own emotions with the music and it makes them ponder their own life a lot. And then they start to question: Am I happy in my work? Am I happy in my relationships? What am I striving for?
42 I am not reclusive. I just have a private life.
43 The Druids held the trees as very sacred.
44 There is no formula to it. Writing every song is a little journey. The first note has to lift you.
45 It wasn't so long ago that it was not popular to speak Gaelic in Ireland because the areas that Gaelic is spoken in were much poorer areas.
46 I am really a very shy person. If I appear, it is because of the music, not because I want to be seen.
47 When making music I sink myself into the process as deeply as I can and forget all of the success.
48 The personal appearances and red carpet events are very glitzy, but it's a bit false.
49 A lot of people know "Enya" the music, but they don't know what I look like, or what I do. And I think that that's really good... for me, and for the music as well.

#Trademark
1 Due to her private nature does not do concert tours
2 Short black hair
3 Mythical mezzo-soprano vocals
4 Often sings in a mix of Latin and Irish Gaelic

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