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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 17 May 1961Gaoth Dobhair, Donegal, Ireland
Birth NameEithne Patricia Ní Bhraonáin
Nickname The Silver Lady
Height 5' 2" (1.57 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Eithne, the fourth youngest of nine children, comes from the small village of Dore (Dobhar in Irish) in the Gweedore (Gaoth Dobhair) region of County Donegal in the northwest of the Republic of Ireland. She now lives in Killiney, a coastal district on the southern outskirts of Dublin The family is very musical and her parents played in a family dance band before settling down. Her father owns a local pub - Leo's tavern in Meenalech (min na Leice) - and her mother Baba taught music in the local school. In 1968, elder brothers Ciaran & Pol, and uncles Padraigh & Noel O Dugain, formed the band "An Clan As Dobhar" to perform traditional Irish music at festivals etc. Changing their name to Clannad, and recruiting sister Maire Brennan in 1973, the band have gone on to international success performing both their own and traditional material. They have recorded a number of albums. Enya joined Clannad in 1980 and, credited under her real name, provided keyboards and (mostly) backing vocals. She appears on their 1982 album "Fuaim". It is often said that she also appeared on their 1980 album "Crann Ull" although she is not listed in the credits. In 1982, Clannad split with their long time manager and producer Nicky Ryan. Eithne, apparently frustrated with being left in the background, left at the same time and, in Ryan's belief that she had talent in her own right, moved to live with him and his wife Roma Ryan and develop her own musical career. In 1985, film producer David Puttnam commissioned Eithne to write music for his film The Frog Prince (1985) which was released in 1985. The Titles on The Frog Prince (1985) credit music to Enya Ni Bhraonain and the transition of Eithne to Enya had begun. In 1986, BBC-TV began work on a six part documentary series charting the history and continuing cultural influence of the Celts. Enya was signed to write and perform music for the series. The Celts (1987) was first shown in 1987 and a selection of its music released under the title "Enya", giving the artist her first album, largely unnoticed at the time. Her 'big break' began in 1987 when she was signed by Rob Dickins, head of WEA Music UK, after he had heard and been entranced by the "Enya" album. WEA's backing made the recording of "Watermark" possible and the album was released in 1988. Although no singles were originally planned, it was the release "Orinoco Flow" (Sail Away) that brought Enya to public attention and resulted in an unexpected chart number one in several countries. She continued the success with her next albums "shepherd Moons" and "The Celts"...

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Trade Mark (4)

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

Trivia (16)

Usenet newsgroup: Alt-Music-Enya
Adopted the spelling "Enya" in order to avoid having to continually explain how to pronounce her true first name, "Eithne."
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.
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.
Has a minor planet/asteroid named after her.
Name is a registered trademark.
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.
Her New Age albums have earned her 4 Grammy Awards
Sister of Maire Brennan.
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.
She creates her signature sound by layering as many as eighty tracks of her own voice.
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.
Neighbor of Alison Doody.
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.
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.
Vocal range changes from mezzo-soprano, to light alto on the song (s), "Pilgrim", "Trains and Winter Rains", "Pax Deorum" and "Long Long Journey".

Personal Quotes (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.
The personal appearances and red carpet events are very glitzy, but it's a bit false.
When making music I sink myself into the process as deeply as I can and forget all of the success.
I am really a very shy person. If I appear, it is because of the music, not because I want to be seen.
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.
There is no formula to it. Writing every song is a little journey. The first note has to lift you.
The Druids held the trees as very sacred.
I am not reclusive. I just have a private life.
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?
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.
Fame and success are very different things.
The ocean is a central image. It is the symbolism of a great journey.
My core beliefs revolve around the idea that we should live to the best of our abilities-we should live and let live.
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.
As with anything creative, change is inevitable.
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.
Singing in Gaelic is very, very natural to do. I think lends itself very much so to being sung.
I can only be who I am.
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.
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.
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.
It's very homely, this castle. It doesn't have huge ballrooms. I didn't want a cold, cavernous place.
The success of Watermark surprised me. I never thought of music as something commercial; it was something very personal to me.
I have had death threats from people with fixations.
I do promotion when it is necessary, but I always want to get back to the music.
I am privileged to do a job I love to do. I would never change any moment from my life.
I use my voice as an instrument.
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.
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.
My first language is Gaelic.
I tend to listen to the classical composers: Rachmaninov, Satie.
I don't need a man in my life.
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.
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.
I enjoyed the two years I was with Clannad. I enjoyed touring. We toured a lot in Europe.
I don't have pets, I have two guard dogs; and I don't do my own shopping; it's a security thing.
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.
The music sold itself before anybody knew who I was.
The minuses of celebrity include having to live with security and the knowledge that you may be stalked.
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.
The writing of a melody is an emotional moment; success doesn't make it easy.
I know every note in every song, the whole history of it, even parts that were there and are gone.
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.
I could have been more famous if I did all the glitzy things, but celebrity always seemed so unnecessary.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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