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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 is from Gweedore, County Donegal, Ireland, which she left in 1980 to join the Irish band Clannad, the group that already featured her older brothers and sisters. She stayed with Clannad for two years, then left, hooking up with producer Nicky Ryan and lyricist Roma Ryan, with whom she recorded film and television scores. The result was a successful album of TV music for the BBC. Enya then recorded Watermark (1988), which featured her distinctive, flowing music and multi-overdubbed trancelike singing; the album sold eight million copies worldwide. Watermark established Enya as an international star and launched a successful career that has continued into the new millennium. Enya (born Eithne Ní Bhraonáin) was born into a musical family. Her father, Leo Brennan, was the leader of the Slieve Foy Band, a popular Irish show band; her mother was an amateur musician. Most important to Enya's career were her siblings, who formed Clannad in 1970 with several of their uncles. Enya joined the band as a keyboardist in 1980 and contributed to several of the group's popular television soundtracks. In 1982, she left Clannad, claiming that she was uninterested in following the pop direction the group had begun to pursue. Within a few years, she was commissioned, along with producer/arranger Nicky Ryan and lyricist Roma Ryan, to provide the score for a BBC-TV series called The Celts. The soundtrack was released in 1986 as her eponymous solo album. Enya didn't receive much notice, but Enya and the Ryans' second effort, Watermark, became a surprise hit upon its release in 1988. Enya spent the years following the success of Watermark rather quietly; her most notable appearance was a cameo on Sinéad O'Connor's I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got. She finally released Shepherd Moons, her follow-up to Watermark, in 1991. Shepherd Moons was even more successful than its predecessor, eventually selling over ten million copies worldwide; it entered the U.S. charts at number 17 and remained in the Top 200 for almost four years. Again, Enya was slow to follow up on the success of Shepherd Moons, spending nearly four years working on her fourth album. The record, entitled Memory of Trees, was released in December 1995. Memory of Trees entered the U.S. charts at number nine and sold over two million copies within its first year of release. In 1997 came the release of a greatest-hits collection, Paint the Sky with Stars: The Best of Enya, which featured two new songs. Enya's first album of new material in five years, Day Without Rain, was released in late 2000. In 2002, she contributed material to the first film in Peter Jackson's award-winning Lord of the Rings trilogy, scoring a hit with the single "May It Be." Amarantine, her first full-length recording since Day Without Rain, followed in November 2005. A holiday EP, Christmas Secrets, arrived in 2006, followed by an all new, full-length collection of original seasonal music called And Winter Came in 2008. Her second greatest-hits collection, The Very Best of Enya, was released in 2009, though it would be another six years until her next album arrived. "Echoes in Rain," the first of two singles from Enya's forthcoming eighth album, appeared in September 2015, and the normally reclusive star opened up for a number of interviews and was promoted heavily on social media for the first time. Created with longtime collaborators Roma and Nicky Ryan, Dark Star Island was released in November of that year. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine & William Ruhlmann
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Albums by
Enya

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    11 songs

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    Dark Sky Island

    14 songs

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    Dark Sky Island [Deluxe Edition]

    12 songs

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    And Winter Came

    12 songs

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    Amarantine

    16 songs

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    Amarantine [Christmas Edition]

    12 songs

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    A Day Without Rain [Australia Bonus Track]

    11 songs

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    The Memory of Trees

    15 songs

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    The Celts

    12 songs

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    Shepherd Moons

    12 songs

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    Watermark

    23 songs

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    The Very Best of Enya

    1 song

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    Trains and Winter Rains

    3 songs

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    Amarantine [Single]

    1 song

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    Amarantine

    1 song

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    Only Time [Single]

    19 songs

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    The Very Best of Enya

    11 songs

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    A Day Without Rain

    11 songs

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    Watermark [Import]

    15 songs

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    Paint the Sky with Stars: The Best of Enya

    18 songs

    On Air

    The Very Best of Enya

    3 songs

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    The Celts

    3 songs

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    You Should Really Know, Pt. 1

    1 song

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    The Humming...

    1 song

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    So I Could Find My Way

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Top Songs by
Enya

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  2.   Orinoco Flow
  3.   Oíche Chiúin
  4.   Lothlórien
  5.   O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
  6.   Only Time
  7.   Caribbean Blue
  8.   Last Time by Moonlight
  9.   And Winter Came
  10.   The Spirit of Christmas Past
  11.   White Is in the Winter Night
  12.   Journey of the Angels
  13.   Stars and Midnight Blue
  14.   May It Be
  15.   Watermark
  16.   China Roses
  17.   A Day Without Rain
  18.   Athair Ar Neamh
  19.   Evening Falls
  20.   Shepherd Moons
  21.   Song of the Sandman (Lullaby)
  22.   Deora Ar Mo Chroi
  23.   The Celts
  24.   Boadicea
  25.   Smaointe
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Stations & Shows Featuring
Enya

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    Soothing Lullabies

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    Branch Out New Music

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    Classic Soft Hits

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    Smooth Jazz

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    '80s Alternative

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    All-Time Hits

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    Holiday Deep Dive

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    '80s Hits

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    Movie Scores


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