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Music similar to Enya's moody pieces used to be listened to chiefly by crystal-toting, incense-burning, yoga-loving New Age folks. But Enya inadvertently brought such ethereal sounds into the mainstream, making it a part of pop culture, as well as a part of cultures around the globe.

With her blend of folk melodies, synthesized backdrops, and classical motifs, Enya created a distinctive style that more closely resembled new age than the folk and Celtic music that provided her initial influences.

Enya (born 17 May 1961), birth name Eithne Ní Bhráonain (sometimes seen as the Anglicized Enya Brennan) is Ireland's best-selling solo artist. As a musical group, Enya is really three people: Enya herself; Nicky Ryan, who produces her records; and Roma Ryan, who writes the lyrics, often in Welsh, Irish, Latin, Spanish, etc. Enya is a phonetic approximation of how Eithne is pronounced in Irish Gaelic.

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.

In 1980, Eithne joined the group Clannad (the members included siblings Máire Brennan, Pól Brennan, and Ciarán Brennan). She left the group to start her own solo career shortly before Clannad became famous for "Theme From Harry's Game" in 1982. Enya achieved a breakthrough in her singing career in 1988 with the hit song "Orinoco Flow" (sometimes referred to as "Sail Away").

She became known worldwide after the September 11, 2001 attacks because her song "Only Time" (from the album A Day Without Rain) was used in radio and TV reports around the globe. 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.

A number of her songs are sung entirely in Irish Gaelic or Latin, with others containing the hithero-mentioned mixed with English or English by itself. 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 in at the 2002 ceremonies, but did not win. Despite winning Grammys for "Best New Age Album", Enya does not personally classify her music as belonging to that genre.
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Enya rarely performs in public, and even when appearing on television often lip-synchs 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 2004 these plans have yet to materialize.

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. Update: In early September 2004, Warner Music Japan announced that Enya's next album is scheduled for release in Japan in mid-November 2004, however this turned out to be premature as Enya issued a press release on her official Web site on 19 September denying that a new album is immediately forthcoming.

Enya's texturally-rich soundscapes are evocative and enchanting pleasures that together create an adventurous and elaborate body of work that has done remarkably well commercially. Although her creations are decidedly not mainstream, she has become one of the biggest-selling female artists of the '90s. Her music has also appeared in several films, including L.A. Story, Green Card, Far And Away and The Age Of Innocence.

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")
- In addition, a 1986 soundtrack album entitled The Frog Prince contains mostly music composed by Enya but not performed by her; a later CD release added two vocal tracks by her.
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