Date of Birth: 17.05.1961
Country: Ireland

Enya Biography

Enya, the elusive Irish singer, captivates listeners with her elevated compositions in the "ethnic new age" style, regardless of the weather or the political climate. With a career spanning many years, Enya has become loved by people all over the world, especially by the Russian people. Her album "A Day Without Rain," released in 2000, proved to be another success and solidified her place in the music industry.

Born on May 17, 1961, in Gweedore, a small town in northwest Ireland, Enya grew up surrounded by the peaceful beauty of meadows, hills, and mountains. Her family spoke only Gaelic, the native language of the region. Coming from a large and musically talented family, Enya was the fourth of nine sisters and brothers. Her father, Leo, owned a small pub and composed songs, mainly slow ballads, while also having a good knowledge of church music. Her mother, Baba, was a music teacher at a school and gave Enya her first piano lessons. From an early age, Enya listened to classical and traditional Celtic music. Her brothers and uncles formed the group An Clann As Dobhar, performing regularly at local folk festivals. In 1973, the family musical collective was renamed Clannad and gained popularity with their pop arrangements of traditional Celtic melodies and their own songs. They released several albums and continue to be active in the music industry. Even Bono from U2 considered it an honor to collaborate with them. However, for Enya, being a part of Clannad was just the beginning of her solo career. After joining Clannad as a keyboardist and backing vocalist after finishing school in 1980, Enya recorded two albums with the group and spent two years touring Europe. But as soon as the band began to achieve commercial success, Enya felt the need to step aside and return to the music she grew up with, her "classical school."

During this time, Clannad also parted ways with their longtime producer, Nicky Ryan, who had noticed the talented musician who remained in the shadows of her loud family. He convinced Enya to pursue her own career and invited her to stay with him and his wife, poet Roma Ryan, in Dublin. However, it was purely for the purpose of introducing Enya to his wife, not for any romantic involvement. The trio quickly formed a close-knit team. Roma wrote the lyrics while Enya composed the music. They soon caught the attention of people in the film industry. In 1985, director David Puttnam asked Enya to write the music for the fairytale film "The Frog Prince." The following year, the BBC commissioned her to score a six-part series about Celtic culture. This was a dream come true for the young artist, who was passionate about her homeland's history. Enya composed and performed all the music for the film, which was titled "The Celts." The film was shown on television, and the soundtrack was released on an album simply titled "Enya" in 1986. Although the album did not receive much attention initially, it did not discourage Enya. She continued to work and even made a guest appearance on a track of Sinead O'Connor's album "The Lion and the Cobra," where she read a passage from the Bible with a humble Christian spirit, unlike her compatriot Sinead.

However, Enya's debut album caught the attention of Rob Dickins, the head of Warner's UK branch. She signed a contract, and her career began to gain momentum. Her album "Watermark" (1988) became a number one hit, with the standout single "Orinoco Flow" capturing the hearts of listeners worldwide. The album's sound was characterized by the interplay of piano and harp, accompanied by pizzicato strings and electronic backgrounds, all blended seamlessly with Enya's multi-layered vocals. The success continued with her next album, "Shepherd Moons" (1991), which reached number one in the UK and spent an astonishing 199 weeks on the Billboard chart. This album solidified Enya's position as a prominent artist in the new age genre. Her ethereal voice, paired with Celtic melodies and serene compositions, transported listeners to distant and mythical times. Enya received two Grammy Awards for Best New Age Album for "Shepherd Moons" and "The Memory of Trees" (1995). Despite her success, Enya remained modest and dedicated to her music.

Enya's albums have been used in various films, including "Green Card" (1990), "L.A. Story" (1991), "Far and Away" (1992), "Sleepwalkers" (1992), "Toys" (1992), "Age of Innocence" (1993), and "Cry the Beloved Country" (1995). In 1997, she released the compilation album "Paint the Sky With Stars," which featured two new songs, including the lullaby that gave the album its name. Enya continued to take her time between albums, with her next release, "A Day Without Rain," coming five years later in 2000. The album, released just before Christmas, was a perfect gift for the holiday season, evoking a sense of religious devotion and harmony. The album featured Enya's signature sound, combining electronic elements with her angelic vocals. The standout track, "Only Time," with its simple melody and philosophical lyrics about the flow of time and the birth of a new day, resonated with listeners and became a timeless hit. The album's soundscapes and gentle Celtic melodies continue to enchant audiences.

Enya's music is characterized by her unique voice, atmospheric production, and ethereal compositions. She rarely gives interviews, avoids public appearances, and prefers to let her music speak for itself. She is a woman who once said, "For me, life without music is simply impossible. I cannot imagine my life without it. Music is my first love, and it will be with me for the rest of my life." Enya's music transcends boundaries and brings a sense of peace and beauty to listeners worldwide. She is an angel from the heather fields, living in her own world in Dublin, and her music is her gift to the world.