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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 2001, 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 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 Sky Island was released in November of that year. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine & William Ruhlmann
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  3.   Oíche Chiúin
  4.   Lothlórien
  5.   O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
  6.   Only Time
  7.   Stars and Midnight Blue
  8.   And Winter Came
  9.   The Spirit of Christmas Past
  10.   White Is in the Winter Night
  11.   Journey of the Angels
  12.   Last Time by Moonlight
  13.   Caribbean Blue
  14.   May It Be
  15.   Watermark
  16.   China Roses
  17.   Shepherd Moons
  18.   Song of the Sandman (Lullaby)
  19.   Evening Falls
  20.   Athair Ar Neamh
  21.   Deora Ar Mo Chroi
  22.   The Celts
  23.   Boadicea
  24.   To Go Beyond, Pt. 1
  25.   Ebudae
  26.   Na Laetha Geal M'Óige
  27.   March of the Celts
  28.   Fairytale
  29.   Bard Dance
  30.   Epona
  31.   Deireadh an Tuath
  32.   Portrait (Out of the Blue)
  33.   Smaointe
  34.   Dan y Dwr
  35.   The Sun in the Stream
  36.   Miss Clare Remembers
  37.   Storms in Africa
  38.   A Day Without Rain
  39.   Trains and Winter Rains
  40.   On My Way Home
  41.   My! My! Time Flies!
  42.   One Toy Soldier
  43.   Dreams Are More Precious
  44.   Triad: St. Patrick/Cú Chulainn/Oisin
  45.   The Memory of Trees
  46.   Adeste, Fideles
  47.   Anywhere Is
  48.   Book of Days
  49.   Exile
  50.   Amarantine
  51.   Cursum Perficio
  52.   Wild Child
  53.   The Longships
  54.   Pale Grass Blue
  55.   Flora's Secret
  56.   No Holly for Miss Quinn
  57.   Sancta Maria
  58.   Even in the Shadows
  59.   Aniron
  60.   Soñadora
  61.   Hope Has a Place
  62.   Only If
  63.   Marble Halls
  64.   Astra et Luna
  65.   Echoes in Rain
  66.   The River Sings
  67.   If I Could Be Where You Are
  68.   Fallen Embers
  69.   Once You Had Gold
  70.   Tea-House Moon
  71.   Paint the Sky With Stars
  72.   River
  73.   On Your Shore
  74.   Evacuee
  75.   Aldebaran
  76.   Pax Deorum
  77.   Angeles
  78.   Remember Your Smile
  79.   Solace
  80.   Diamonds on the Water
  81.   The Loxian Gates
  82.   I Could Never Say Goodbye
  83.   So I Could Find My Way
  84.   The Magic of the Night
  85.   Spaghetti Western
  86.   Comb of the Winds
  87.   Sumiregusa (Wild Violet)
  88.   Long, Long Journey
  89.   It's in the Rain
  90.   Less Than a Pearl
  91.   Amid the Falling Snow
  92.   Drifting
  93.   A Moment Lost
  94.   Someone Said Goodbye
  95.   The Promise
  96.   The First of Autumn
  97.   Lazy Days
  98.   Pilgrim
  99.   Silver Inches
  100.   Tempus Vernum
  101.   From Where I Am
  102.   To Go Beyond, Pt. 2
  103.   How Can I Keep from Singing?
  104.   After Ventus
  105.   I Want Tomorrow
  106.   'S Fagain Mo Bhaile
  107.   We Wish You a Merry Christmas
  108.   Christmas Secrets
  109.   The Forge of the Angels
  110.   The Humming
  111.   One by One
  112.   Water Shows the Hidden Heart
  113.   Dark Sky Island
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