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Enya

Enya Patricia Brennan

Eithne Pádraigín Ní Bhraonáin (born May 17, 1961), known mononymously as Enya, is an Irish singer and composer. Enya is noted for her modern Celtic music, and is the best-selling Irish solo artist (second-best-selling Irish music act overall, after rock band U2).

Enya was raised in the Irish-speaking region of Gweedore. In 1980, Enya (as Eithne Ní Bhraonáin) began her musical career playing alongside her family's Celtic folk band Clannad. She left Clannad in 1982 to pursue a solo career, working with the former Clannad manager and producer, Nicky Ryan, and his partner Roma, as their lyricist. Over the following four years, Enya developed her sound by combining multitracked vocals and keyboards with elements from a variety of musical genres such as Celtic, classical, church, jazz, new age, world, pop, and Irish folk.

The two earliest releases by Enya were instrumentals for the Touch Travel T4 (1984) cassette compilation, composed around 1982-83. Enya composed most of the soundtrack and sang two songs intended for the film The Frog Prince (1985), and composed a body of work for the BBC documentary series The Celts (1986). A selection of her pieces for The Celts were released as her debut album, Enya (1987). Following this, Rob Dickins took interest in Enya's music, and so she signed with Warner Music UK. The record deal granted her considerable artistic freedom and minimal interference. The success of Watermark (1988) propelled Enya to worldwide fame, helped mostly by the international hit single "Orinoco Flow (Sail Away)". 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 media coverage of the 9/11 attacks. After Amarantine (2005) and And Winter Came... (2008), Enya took a four-year break from music, returning to the recording studio in 2012 to begin work on her eighth studio album Dark Sky Island (2015).

Regarding a new project, there have been several mentions by close sources of Enya recording new music since her 2015 album. According to her sister Moya, Enya was recording music, as of 2019.[1]

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  • I have been seen her in Ireland for a while, she's so beautiful. One of the most underrated musicians.

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